How Many Miles Before You Should Replace Brake Pads?

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How Many Miles Before You Should Replace Brake Pads?
Many factors affect when you should change your brake pads. (Car Brake image by Joelyn Pullano from

The average lifespan of brake pads are 30,000 miles for the front and 50,000 miles for the rear. Factors that can change these numbers include the driving style employed by the vehicle operator and the driving conditions faced. Different types of brake pads, such as semi-metallic or ceramic, wear differently.

Symptoms of Wear

Many brake pads have a soft metal insert that causes a squealing sound to indicate brake pads are nearing the end of their effectiveness. Other symptoms include the vehicle pulling to one side under breaking, a grinding noise or vibrations during breaking.

Bottom Line

According to Firestone, a car service provider, brake problems will only escalate if disregarded. If warning signs exist, it is best to have the brake system examined because of the critical safety role they provide.

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