How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

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Your brakes are a vital component to the function of your new, used, or certified pre-owned vehicle, and keeping you and passengers safe on Elgin roads. But do you know how long car brakes last or what can cause them to wear down over time? The quality of your brakes ultimately depends on your driving style, where you're driving your vehicle, and the kind of brake pads your vehicle uses. So be sure to refer to your owner's manual as well as the dedicated service department here at Napleton's Elgin Kia to learn how you can best take care of your brakes on and off the road.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

The typical brake life is between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, although many brakes can last within a range of 40,000 miles and some can last much longer beyond 80,000 miles. Another way you can stay on top of your vehicle's brakes is to follow your vehicle's standard service intervals which takes into account factors such as torque calculations and OEM specs.

What Affects Brake Pad Life?

Every person on the road around Elgin drives differently and it's up to each driver to recognize how they use their brakes on a regular basis. That's why it's important to recognize the following factors that can affect brake pad life and how you can make small changes to improve their overall quality and function:


  • Driving Habits: If you brake hard instead of pressing down softly or ride on the brakes instead of coasting to a stop, your brake pads won't last as long.

  • Environment: Driving in the city means encountering traffic and lights, so you'll brake more. Driving on the highway usually means longer brake life.

  • Brake Material: Carbon-ceramic brakes last longer than standard metal brakes, but they tend to be more expensive. If you don't already know, look into your brake material.

Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced at Napleton's Elgin Kia

If it's time to have your brake pads inspected or service, be sure to head over to our service department where our dedicated team of professionals is ready to get you back on the road in no time. Learn more about vehicle maintenance tips and tricks to keep your Kia running at its best, which Kia SUV will work best for a long trip, or the best things to do in Elgin. And, you can save even more when you get your vehicle serviced with us with our service specials so be sure to contact us today to schedule an appointment!


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