How Long Do Car Brakes Last?
Car Brake Tips Courtesy of Olathe DCJR

How long do car brakes last? A variety of factors can impact how well your brakes hold up. How you drive, where you drive, and what kind of brake pads your vehicle uses all play a role in how long your brakes can last before needing to be replaced. Let’s take a closer look at the factors that can affect the lifespan of your brakes.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

Because there are so many variables, it is challenging to give a concrete figure. The average brake life on your RAM 1500 or Chrysler Pacifica is between 25,000 and 65,000 miles — however some people will have brake pads last beyond 80,000 miles. Taking a look at your vehicle’s standard service intervals gives you a good idea of the average lifespan for your particular make and model, but remember that the actual life of your brake pads is going to depend on more factors.

What Affects Brake Pad Life?

Similarly to how your gas mileage varies depending on how and where you drive, brake pad life fluctuates depending on:

  • Driving Habits: If you brake hard instead of pressing down softly, or ride on the brakes instead of coasting to a stop, expect your brakes to wear down more quickly.
  • Brake Material: Carbon-ceramic brakes last longer than standard metal brakes, however, that comes at an added cost. Consult your owner’s manual to find out what your brakes are made of.
  • Environment: Driving around Kansas City means encountering traffic and lights, so you’ll brake more. Whether you’re on your way to a farmer’s market or headed to your favorite burger joint, you’ll be stopping often. When driving on the highway, you won’t need to make such frequent stops, which can really prolong the life of your brakes.

Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced at Olathe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram

We hope we answered your question, “How long do car brakes last?” No matter your driving habits around Gardner and Springhill, you’ll want to be sure to schedule service with us when your brakes show signs that they need to be replaced. We offer service specials, expert assistance, and more to make purchasing new brakes as easy and affordable as possible. Contact us today! We’re here to answer all of your service-related questions, including the meaning behind OEM parts or how many miles your tires last.

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