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How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Your brakes are an essential component of your vehicle, but they will eventually need to be replaced. How long do car brakes last? The average lifespan for car brakes can range anywhere from 25,000-65,000 miles. However, other factors, like driving habits and what type of vehicle you have, will affect this number. Learn how long you can expect your brakes to last with the service center at Brookings Auto Mall. 

Factors That Affect Brake Lifespan

There are plenty of factors that affect how long car brakes last. To see what you can expect from your brake pads, here are some of the factors that can contribute to your brake’s overall lifespan: 

  • Material: The type of material your brakes are made of will have an impact on their lifespan. While carbon-ceramic pads cost more than standard metal pads, they last longer. Consult your owner’s manual to determine what your brake pads are made of. 
  • Routine and Habits: Your driving habits also play a large role in your brake’s lifespan. For instance, if you brake pretty hard on the Brookings roads instead of gently pressing the brakes, then your brakes won’t last as long. 
  • Location: If you drive in the city often, then you’ll usually have more traffic, lights, and signs, which means more stop-and-go, and that’s harmful to your brakes. 

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

As mentioned before, the average lifespan of a car’s brakes ranges from about 25,000-65,000 miles. However, some can last over 80,000 miles. Since different vehicles require different kinds of brakes, you’ll want to follow the recommended number that’s in your recommended service schedule to see how many miles your brakes last. You can find this number in your owner’s manual. If you’re unsure if your brakes need servicing or replaced, then you can schedule a visit with our service center in Brookings for quick and easy service. 

Reasons for a Shaking Car When Braking

You might notice as you’re driving through Mitchell that your shakes when you apply the brakes. Usually, this is due to problems with the brakes, but sometimes it could be due to other issues. Some other common reasons include: 

  • Tire/tires are “run out” or not perfectly round
  • Unbalanced wheel
  • Uneven front-end alignment
  • Poor steering from loose control arm or damaged knuckle
  • Damaged axle shaft
  • Loose lug nuts

These are just some of the reasons why your vehicle could shake when you apply the brakes. If you need brake service or any other repairs, visit Brookings Auto Mall and save on every visit with our service specials.

Service Your Brakes at Brookings Auto Mall

How long do car brakes last? You’ll want to follow the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle, which you can find in your owner’s manual. Contact us to get your brakes serviced and get back on the Madison roads. 

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