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How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Brake Pads


Most folks who ask this question on the Internet really want to know how many kilometres, as opposed to how long do car brakes last. This is a tough question, as the answer can depend on a number of factors. But, we’ll try to answer, as well as discuss how to tell when your brake pads need to be replaced. After all, you don’t need to be driving around on Georgetown roads with faulty brakes. Mercedes-Benz Brampton wants you to be safe. Let’s talk about how long to expect your car brakes to last and how to know when to change the brake pads.

How Many Kilometres Do Brakes Last?

There really is no one right answer to this question. How long car brakes last depend on a number of things, as we mentioned. At a minimum, brake pads should last 40,000 kilometres. Sometimes they may last upwards of 120,000 kilometres or even more. Here are some factors that affect how many kilometres brakes last:

  • How you drive (braking hard vs. allowing time for your car to come slowly to a stop)
  • Where you drive (on the highway vs. in stop-and-go city traffic)
  • Whether you drive on hilly or mountain roads (hilly roads cause brakes to wear faster)
  • Whether you haul heavy loads (the more weight carried by your vehicle, the harder the brakes have to work to stop it)

How to Tell if Your Brake Pads Need to Be Replaced

An important part of knowing how long brakes last is knowing when the pads need to be replaced. You should take your car to a qualified service centre like the one at Mercedes-Benz Brampton near Caledon as soon as you detect signs your brakes are wearing out. Here are some red flags to look for:

  • Squealing when the brakes are applied
  • The brake pedal needs to be pressed further down to stop the car
  • The car takes longer to come to a complete stop
  • The brakes appear to be less than 6.35 mm (you may have to take the tire off to observe your brake pads)
  • The brake light comes on (don’t wait for this to happen!)

Have Your Brakes Serviced by the Experts at Mercedes-Benz Brampton

Don’t guess if your brake pads need to be replaced. The experienced technicians in our service centre will inspect your brake system and fix or replace anything that’s required to keep you safe on the road, while adhering to Service A and Service B standards. We make it easy for you by enabling you to schedule service online. We’re just a short drive away from Orangeville, so drop by or contact our service department today or schedule service online! While you’re here, we’d be happy to help you out with other common service questions like how often to check transmission fluid.

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