At the Richmond Lincoln Service Center, we field questions about all kinds of automotive needs. One of the most popular questions we're asked is, how long do brakes pads last? While not an exact measurement, your brake pads will typically hold up for around 50,000 miles. How do you tell if your brake pads are wearing down? What factors cause brake pads to wear more quickly around Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland?

We'll be answering these questions and more in this brake pad overview. If you have other questions, our staff is always around to provide insight on brake repair and other related questions.

What Causes Brake Pads to Wear Down?

Brake pads typically last about 50,000 miles, but some will run as long as 75,000 miles while others begin to wear around 35,000 miles. So, how can you keep track of your vehicle's brake pads?

There are several key factors that influence the lifespan of your brake pads. By making note of these factors and adjusting your driving accordingly, you can get the most from your brake pads!

  • Excessive Braking: If you're the type of person who enjoys spirited driving with quick accelerations and hard stops, you'll find that your brake pads wear down faster. The easier you are on your brake pads when decelerating, the longer they will last.
  • Driving in Heavy Traffic: If you often find yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic during work commutes or weekend trips, you'll likely see your brake pads wear down faster due to the constant starting and stopping.
  • Exposing Your Pads to Inclement Weather: It could be excessive heat or cold, but either way, exposing your vehicle to extreme weather conditions on a regular basis can lead to the brake pads wearing down.

Signs My Brake Pads Are Wearing Down

You'll be able to quickly identify if your brake pads start to slow down. The first sign is an extended stopping distance. As the pads wear, your brakes become less responsive, requiring more time for you to come to a complete stop.

Also, the brake pedal itself should be firm and reactive. If you have to press the pedal all the way down to the floor before the vehicle slows down, it could mean your pads are wearing down.

Finally, pads typically wear evenly but not all the time. If one pad is more worn than the other, you may find your vehicle pulling to the left or the right as you attempt to stop the car.

Be Proactive About Your Brake Pads

Replacing brake pads is a quick and simple procedure. At the Richmond Lincoln Service Center, we'll have you in, out, and back on the roads of Ashland, Mechanicsville, and Richmond in no time. To book a visit, call us or use our online scheduling tool!

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Richmond Lincoln

4600 West Broad Street
Directions Richmond, VA 23230

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