How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
While it is said that brake pads last between 50,000 and 115,000 km, the lifespan really varies depending on a number of factors. So how long do brake pads last? The type and composition of the pad as well as driving habits are all variables that determine the life of your brake pads.
The brake pads are some of the hardest working parts of the vehicle, which is why they can have a relatively short lifespan. A brake system converts the energy of a car into heat energy through friction devices such as the brake pads. If you brake hard or use it often, you’re using more friction and the life of your brake pad can be halved.
There are four different types of brake pad material; organic, semi-metallic, metallic and synthetic. Organic pads last the least amount of time and average while synthetic pads last the longest. Semi-metallic pads last longer than organic pads, but don’t brake as well.
To ensure that your brake pads are fine, you should always get them checked during your oil change. The mechanic will be able to tell you how much friction is left on the pad and approximately how many kilometers you have left before a change.
Patrick Britton – Guest Blogger
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