How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Mechanic Working on Brakes

You know oil changes and tire rotations need to be performed regularly, but what about other routine maintenance? How long do car brakes last around O'Fallon? When do you need to change your brakes? If you don’t know the answer to these questions, you’re not alone — many drivers don’t know that brakes can last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles or when to come in for brake service.

Why such a wide range? Brake wear and tear depends on how you drive, where you drive, and what kind of brake pads your vehicle uses. Auffenberg Nissan has some tips below.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

Drivers who want to know how long brakes last usually want to know how many miles brakes last. While oil’s age can impact its effectiveness, brake wear and tear is almost exclusively due to driving. Most brake pads last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, but some can last even longer (especially if most of your driving is on the highway).  Be sure to check your owner’s manual for the recommended service schedule.

Many recommended service intervals include brake pad inspection, and the maintenance schedule might also recommend when to replace the brakes. Take your Nissan to a Nissan-certified service center and the techs will know your vehicle well, and they can often calculate when your brake pads need replacing based on torque calculations, performance specs, and other diagnostics.

When you visit Auffenberg Nissan for brake service on your Nissan, we’ll be able to replace your brake pads with genuine OEM parts so you can trust them to last.

Mechanic's Hands on Brake Rotor

How Long Do Drum Brakes Last?

If you drive a small sedan, there is a good chance you only have brake pads on your front wheels. Your rear wheels still have brakes, but they have what are called drum brakes. Drum brakes are very different from disc brakes, but when it comes to maintenance and repair, most drivers don’t need to worry: drum brakes can last 200,000 miles or more.

Just because they have a longer lifespan doesn’t mean we ignore them, though! When you bring your car in for brake service, we’ll let you know how all of your brakes are doing and whether your discs, drums, or both need work.

What Factors Affect Brake Pad Life?

Many drivers accept that gas mileage changes based on driving habits, and the same is true for brake pad lifespan. More city driving means more stop and go means more wear and tear means a shorter brake lifespan. Other factors include:

  • Driving Habits: When you brake hard or ride on your brakes, that wears the pads down. Coasting to a stop, on the other hand, lets your vehicle slow down on its own, without braking.
  • Environment: Climate can affect brake wear and tear, as can driving in a big city, a small town, or on a highway.
  • Brake Pad Material: Metallic brake pads are the cheapest, but carbon-ceramic pads often last longer. If you don’t know which ones you have, your manual should list the factory pads, and we can check when servicing your vehicle.

Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced at Auffenberg Nissan

Whether you’re a highway commuter or frequently wearing down your brakes on daily drives around Mascoutah and East St. Louis, it’s good to regularly schedule your brake service. We offer service specials, expert assistance, and more; schedule your service appointment online today.

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