How Long Do Brakes Last?

At some point during the life of your car it will become necessary to replace your brakes. This system will receive a lot of abuse over the course of even just a few thousand miles. You may not know when the time has come to replace them.

At Faulkner Toyota Trevose, we want drivers in the Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem areas to know when to replace their brakes and how to prevent wear and tear in the future. Read on to learn what you can do to ensure your vehicle stops properly, every time.

When to Replace Your Brake Pads

Your brake pads are the part of this system that do the actual braking. They tighten on the brake rotor and absorb a lot of friction while doing so. Due to this friction, they endure a lot of damage, so it’s a good idea to have them inspected every now and then.

A good rule to go by when thinking about replacing your brake pads is to have them replaced every 25,000 to 60,000 miles. When to replace these parts, as well as all the other parts on this list, depends on your driving style.

If you are a fast driver who likes to accelerate quickly and stop abruptly, it’s a good idea to have your brake pads replaced more often. If you want to maximize the life of your pads and your brakes as a whole, drive carefully and avoid stopping abruptly.

It’s also important to note that if you live in a city with a lot of stop and go traffic, your increased use of the brakes will wear them down more quickly. You can maximize brake life by driving on the highway more than the city.

When to Replace Your Brake Rotors

Brake rotors are another very important part of your braking system, and as such, must be replaced periodically. Your rotors have a very large range within which they can break, around 15,000 to 70,000. For this reason, it’s important not to drive recklessly in order to keep them working properly.

You should have the rotors inspected whenever you have your brake pads replaced. In general, your pads and your rotors will wear down at similar rates because the parts interact with each other whenever the brakes are used.

When to Replace Your Brake Calipers

Calipers are an integral part of your braking system. They are the component that applies hydraulic pressure to your pads using braking fluid. As such, they are as important, if not more important, than brake fluid itself.

Your calipers last longer your other braking components. About every 75,000 miles you’ll want to get them replaced. If you notice anything strange like leaking fluid, get your calipers replaced as soon as possible.

If your car runs out of fluid your brakes can fail rather easily, so it’s always good to make sure this is topped off whenever possible.

Schedule Brake Service with Us Today

Brake repairs are common but serious, and at Faulkner Toyota Trevose, replacing your brakes is fast and easy with our on-hand parts department. We want drivers in the Trevose, Philadelphia, and Bensalem areas to have the safest drive possible.

If your brakes don’t seem to be running as well as they should, schedule a service appointment with us over the phone or online today!