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How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

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Clarkston drivers wondering, “how many miles do brakes last?”, can expect their brakes to last to between 25,000 and 65,000 miles—quite a bit of variation. The more important thing to understand is what factors affect the lifespan of your car brakes. Read on to learn more, and if you think you’re due for new brakes, explore our service specials and get in touch with our parts department or service department in Clarkston.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

How long do car brakes last? As mentioned earlier, between 25,000 and 65,000 miles. In fact, some brake pads will last as long as 80,000 miles on Waterford streets. Since there is so much room for variation, we urge you to consult your owner’s manual for specific recommendations about service intervals for your vehicle’s vital components. 

What Factors Affect Brake Pad Life?

Now that you have an answer to the question, “how many miles do brakes last?”, and you know there’s quite a lot of room for variation, it’s time to learn about the factors at play that determine the lifespan of your brakes. 

  • Environment: If you drive in the constant stop-and-go traffic of an urban area, you’ll burn through your brakes much more quickly than you would if you lived in the country and mostly drove on open highways or solitary county roads. 
  • Driving Habits: If you’re in the habit of stomping on your brakes, you’ll see much more life from your brake pads if you start practicing how to gently coast to a stop. 
  • Brake Pad Material: The average brakes feature standard metallic pads. These wear out faster than the more expensive but more effective Carbon-ceramic pads. Consult your owner’s manual to find out what type of brakes you have. 

Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced at Bowman Chevrolet

Now that you know how long car brakes last and the factors that contribute to the wear and tear on your brakes, if Grand Blanc drivers think they might be due for a brake inspection, give our service department by calling (248) 795-1841. Have more questions about car care? Be sure to explore our service tips and tricks for helpful reads about how to make your tires last longer and more!


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