At What Mileage Should I Replace My Brakes On My Car?

Maintenance is the key to keeping a car performing for a long, long time. So, At What Mileage Should I Replace My Brakes On My Car? Let’s take a look.

The brake system on your car generates a ton of heat and friction. This causes wear and could cause catastrophic failure. In the world of cars, catastrophic is another word for expensive repairs. To avoid this, certain parts of your brakes are designed to wear out and eventually fail. If you think of the cliché that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, the same applies to the brake system. Instead of replacing the entire chain, the system is designed such that you need to only replace one link.


So, when does this have to be done? I hate “it depends” answers, but that is exactly what I am going to tell you hear. There answer is entirely dependent upon the type of vehicle you drive and the way you drive. For example, I drive a Mini Cooper. The car is like a go kart. This means the brakes are being pounded constantly and they pads on the brakes need to be replaced ever 20,000 to 25,000 miles. This is generally the case with most sports cars.

Now, what if you have a family and like to take it slow when driving. Perhaps you have a Toyota Camry and stick to the right two lanes on the freeway. Well, you are really taking it easy on your brakes. This effectively means the pads will last much longer. How long? It is hard to be exact, but you could be looking at 50,000 to 75,000 miles. It just depends.

Newer cars take a lot of the guess work out of the question of when to replace brakes. They have sensors that monitor the wear levels and will flash a warning light on the dashboard when it is time to replace the pads. If a light comes on your dashboard, make sure to take a moment to check what it means in the manual. A yellow brake light tends to mean the pads need replacing, but a red one tends to mean the brakes are failing outright. Obviously, that calls for immediate action.

At what mileage should I replace the brakes on my car? If you drive aggressively, start having them checked at 20,000 miles. If you take it easy, just have them checked whenever you take the car in for other work. You can find new brake pads here:

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