How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

Vehicle Brake Pads

When proper care and driving habits are followed, the average brake pads last between 30,000 to 60,000 miles.

At VW of Panama City Service Center, our team is committed to helping drivers throughout Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway make the best decision on their vehicle’s maintenance.

Continue reading to learn the warning signs and dangers of old brake pads before scheduling an appointment today!
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What Are the Signs You Need Brake Repair?

Brake Indicator LightIt’s no overstatement; brakes are the single most important safety device on your vehicle.

Brake pads perform much of the heavy lifting when it comes to both steering and slowing down. Understanding these facts, you can easily see just how important it is to stay up to date on routine maintenance.

A few of most common signs your brake pads are worn out include:

  • Loud Squeaking. Inside most brake pads you’ll find a small metal strip. As your pads wear down, this piece of metal becomes exposed. When pads grip the rotor, they emit a sharp squeak. This lets you know it’s time for a service appointment.
  • Grinding Metal Sound. If you hear the sound of metal scraping against metal, this means your brake pads are completely worn out. Immediately schedule a service appointment to have them replaced.
  • Burning Metallic Scent. Typically accompanied with a grinding sound, this indicates your brakes are close to overheating due to friction. Immediately pull over to let them cool down before heading directly to our service center.
  • Vibrating Brake Pedal. If your brake pedal vibrates or bounces when coming to a stop, it’s a sign your brake pads aren’t properly gripping the rotor.
  • Indicator Light. Some newer models have brake pad sensors that alert the driver when their brake pads fall below ¼ inch.

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How Long Do Brakes Last?

BrakesThe health and longevity of your brakes depends heavily on two factors: Local road conditions and your personal driving habits. If you regularly drive in heavily-populated areas, your brake pads will most likely need to be swapped out sooner than if you live in a rural area.

Most owner’s manuals don’t provide a clear timeline on when to replace your brakes. In this event, it’s best to speak directly with one of our certified technicians. They’ll be able to provide you a clear timeline on when your brake pads will need attention.

Staying on top of maintenance is an easy way to avoid unsafe driving conditions while greatly decreasing your risk of an accident. It also lowers the pressure put on other areas of your vehicle to perform. This includes your vehicle’s alignment, suspension, and engine.

Schedule Your Brake Pad Replacement Today!

If you can’t remember the last time you had your brake pads inspected, don’t panic. Instead, stop by VW of Panama City or go online to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced service pros.

Our team can quickly diagnose any issues you’re facing and have you back onto the roads of Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway!