How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors

At the Lum's GMC service center, we get many questions from new customers about how long installed parts are expected to last. One question we’ve received regarding brakes is ‘How long do brake pads last?” For those ceramic options, we’ve also been asked, “How long do ceramic brake pads last?”

Our on-site technicians have experienced a lot when it comes to installing and maintaining brake pads. To that extent, we could probably answer the question of how long brake pads last. We’ll provide an overview of everything and can answer even some of the more complicated questions. Schedule service with us by calling (503) 376-6642 or filling out our online contact form.

What Causes Brake Pads To Wear Out? 

Part of your braking system, which makes direct contact with brake rotors, Brake Pads are often exposed to friction and slow down your vehicle on any road. Whether you’re driving on Newberg or offroading in some locale. The friction, and the heat caused by it, will lead to your brake pads wearing out over time to the point of replacement.

Some elements directly impact how your brake pads are used. Some of these are within your control, such as how you regularly apply the brake pedal. Other aspects outside your control include outside temperature and road conditions which directly affect the brake pads. 

For a more comprehensive overview, here are several aspects that directly affect how long your brake pads should last:

  • Driving/Braking Habits
  • Type of Brake Pads.
  • Manual vs. Automatic Transmission.
  • Local Driving Environment.
  • Condition of Other Brake Components.

How Long Should Brake Pads Last?

With all of this at hand, it should be noted that most brake pads have a different rate of ‘burn-off’ depending on model, make, and the brand/quality level of the brake pads of your vehicle. Depending on average most brake pads last at least around 20,000 miles on the lower side and 75,000 miles on the higher end.

How Long Do Ceramic Brake Pads Last?

For those who have luxury or high-performance vehicles, there’s the most resilient brake pad material on the market, Ceramic Brake Pads. How long can these ceramic brake pads last on the roads? Reliably, up to 75,000 miles on average. If your car features ceramic brake pads, you can rest assured we’re equipped to handle them.

Choose Lum's GMC For All of Your Service Needs!

Now that you know how long brake pads last and how long ceramic brake pads last, you can keep an eye on them. Our question for you is, “When was the last time you had your brake pads inspected?” Lum's GMC is here to get your brake pads fixed and up-to-date, for driving on Salem roads. We also offer service specials, along with ordering OEM parts to fully customize your vehicle. Call us today, and we’ll check out your brake pads today!

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