How Long Do Car Brakes Last?


Everything is temporary, and that includes your brakes. Many Turnersville drivers have asked us at Chevrolet Of Turnersville, “How long do car brakes last?” The average lifespan of car brakes is somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000 miles. The amount varies depending on how you drive, the driving environment, and what kind of brake pads your new Chevy has. Chevrolet Of Turnersville brings you this quick and easy guide to brakes and the things that influence their lifespan. Contact us if you have any questions. We’re always happy to help!

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

The lifespan of your brakes will range between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, but it’s impossible to give an exact number without a crystal ball. Some brake pads could last up to 80,000 miles. Our advice is to check your owner’s manual for the recommended service schedule for your vehicle. Some service intervals will include a brake pad inspection, and your maintenance schedule may even recommend when to replace your brakes. 

When you take your vehicle to an OEM-certified service center, like the one at Chevrolet Of Turnersville near Sicklerville, the certified technicians know your vehicle inside and out. Certified Chevy technicians will more accurately estimate when your brakes need replacing by considering torque calculations and more. They will also replace your brake pads with genuine OEM parts. That means they will fit better and last longer than aftermarket brake pads.

What Impacts Brake Pad Life?

Just as your gas mileage varies depending on where and how you drive, the answer to “how long do car brakes last” varies depending on:

  • Driving Environment: Driving on congested Sewell roads versus the highways means encountering more traffic, stop signs, and lights, so you have to use your brakes more often.
  • Your Driving Habits: If you consistently brake hard instead of pressing down gently on the brake, or ride the brakes instead of slowly coasting to a stop, your brake pads won’t last as long as they could.
  • Brake Pad Material: Brake pads made from carbon-ceramic perform better than standard metallic pads. However, they tend to cost more. If you don’t know what type of brake pads are on your vehicle, check your owner’s manual or call the Chevrolet Of Turnersville service team.

Does Your Car Shake When You Brake?

If your vehicle starts to shake when you brake, you should immediately make a service appointment and bring your car in for brake service. There are several reasons your vehicle may shake when braking, such as:

  • One of your tires is no longer perfectly round
  • You have some loose lug nuts
  • Your wheels are out of balance
  • You may have a loose control arm or damaged knuckle affecting your car’s steering
  • The axle shaft is damaged
  • Your vehicle’s front-end alignment is off

If your vehicle’s brakes are giving you trouble, be sure to have them looked at! Our service team will be able to tell you exactly why your car is shaking when you apply the brakes.

Get Your Brakes Checked and Serviced at Chevrolet Of Turnersville

Good brakes are essential to your safety when traveling around Williamstown or beyond. So, schedule service to keep them in top condition. Check out our service specials and reach out to us today!

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