How often to change brake pads?

How often to change brake pads

Brake Pads perform an important function while driving and they should be changed after 25000 miles to 75000 miles of driving but of course this is also dependent upon various factors on the changing frequency.

The braking system consists of the brake caliper, brake rotor, and pads in every standard motor vehicle.

There are several factors that determine the wearing of both pads and rotors on motor vehicles as examined below: –

Driving habits:

Harsh braking habits reduce the life span of brake pads as this puts strain and heat generation which accelerates the wearing of the pads. It’s recommended for drivers to always brake lightly when reducing speed or bring the vehicle to a complete stop unless otherwise during an emergency.

To further increase the brake pad’s lifespan, when driving downhill, motorists are advised to engage in lower gears to reduce the strain to the brake pads.


The wearing of brake pads is as well determined where the vehicle is being from. Cities or congested urban places require frequent application of brakes in traffic lights (“stop and go”) and during peak hours road gridlocks. Driving in terrain areas regularly more especially downhill exerts strain on the brake pads.

Brake pad hardness: 

Brake pads are manufactured from different materials and suitable for different driving needs for example hard compound brake pads last longer but usually got to be warm before they perform well, and are more common on performance cars while as soft compound brake pads perform better at low speeds, and in urban areas. an excessive amount of heat can melt the pad compound onto the brake rotor and which reduces the brake performance if the driving during long distances.

Brake pad and brake rotor Materials:

The materials used for manufacturing the brake rotor and brake pads also heavily impact on the brakes’ durability. For instance, carbon-ceramic brakes last longer than the standard metallic brakes material, note they will only work effectively while they are warm. On the sad note, carbon-ceramic brakes are extremely expensive and are mostly available for high-performance sports cars.

How to tell if your brake pads need replacing

Generally, brake pads need to be replaced between 25000 to 50000 miles. The replacement is entirely dependent on the factors highlighted.

The disc brake pad wear warning indicators on the disc brakes give a

warning noise when the brake pads are worn out. For example, if a squeaking or scraping noise is heard from the disc brakes while braking, then it’s a sign your brake pads need replacing.

Brake pad thickness. Inspect brake pad thickness regularly more especially during your scheduled service.

Squealing noise. Brake pads have small metal at the very bottom to engage how close the pads have worn out. Should you observe this, replace your brake pads immediately.

Jittery braking.

If braking becomes jittery then the rotors could also be warped. Some treatments can either clean or tyrannize the surface of the rotor so as to flatten it evenly. Most of the time though, it’s recommended to replace the entire brake rotor.

If the brakes look wiped out or lose performance, they ought to get replaced. If there are any unusual noises or sparks coming from the brakes, have them inspected by a mechanic directly. Remember good functional brakes are a key to safe, predictable braking and safe driving.

Pro tip:

  1. Always check your brakes for effectiveness immediately after driving in sand, mud or water. Do this by driving slowly and stepping on the brake pedal. Repeat that process several times to dry out the brake discs and brake pads.
  • The front disc brakes and the right-side rear disc brake have audible wear indicators on the brake pads. If the brake pads wear close to their service limit, the wear indicator makes a very audible scraping noise when the brake pedal is applied. If you hear this scraping noise each time you apply the brake pedal, have the brake pads.
  • When replacing the brake pad or lining, use only genuine parts.

If the brake system warning light comes on while driving (with the parking brake fully released and with the ignition switch positioned in “ON”), it could be an indication of worn brake pads.

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