How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

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Have you heard your brakes squeaking? Are you wondering, “how long do car brakes last?” There are dozens of factors to consider, depending on your car, your drive, and what kind of brake pads you use. Our service team at Kia of Cerritos is here to help you learn answers to questions like “how long do car brakes last?” or “how many miles do brakes last?” We want you to drive through Los Angeles and Carson without worry!

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

Because there are so many variables, there’s no one golden answer to “how long do car brakes last?” While there’s a broad guideline of 25,000 and 65,000 miles, that’s quite a wide range to consider. Be sure to follow your vehicle’s recommended maintenance plan in your owner’s manual, which includes everything from torque calculations to OEM specs. However, you should be aware that the true lifespan of your brakes depends on many more factors than that.

What Affects Brake Pad Life?

How long your brakes last will depend on more than just what vehicle you drive. How you drive it is just as important, if not more! See how your driving habits, environment, and more can change the answer to “how many miles do brakes last?”:

  • Driving Habits: If you brake hard instead of pressing down softly or ride on the brakes instead of coasting to a stop, your brake pads won’t last as long.
  • Environment: Driving in the city means encountering traffic and lights, so you’ll brake more. Driving on the highway usually means longer brake life.
  • Brake Material: Carbon-ceramic brakes last longer than standard metal brakes, but they tend to be more expensive. If you don’t already know, look into your brake material.

Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced at Kia of Cerritos

Do you want additional peace of mind on your drives through Carson and Orange County? Schedule brake service with the team at Kia of Cerritos, and we’ll be glad to help you get your brakes up to spec. We want you to drive through Southgate in your new Kia worry-free!

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