How Long Do Brake Pads Last?


Brake pads are an important part of the operation of your brake system. When you push down on the brake pedal, the brake pads apply pressure to the rotor. It is this action that results in the slowing down and stopping of your car.

If you’re a driver in the Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway area, Honda of Bay County wants to help make sure your vehicle is performing at the highest possible standards for your safety as well that of everyone you’ve got onboard. Accordingly, we’ve provided you with the following guide to brake pad longevity.   

In general, brake pads can go between 25,000 to 70,000 miles before needing to be changed. There are two important factors that can influence a brake pad’s lifespan, and when you’ll need a brake replacement. These are the material with which they’re made and your driving behavior. Read on to learn about both.

Types of Brake Pads

There are three types of brake pads available. Below is a rundown of each one:

  • Semi-metallic: Semi-metallic brake pads are the most common type being used on the road today. While they’re considered to have the longest lifespan, they also have less stopping power than other types.
  • Ceramic: Ceramic pads give you a boost in stopping power as well as longevity.  
  • Organic: While organic pads may have the most effective stopping power, they don’t last as long as the other types.  

Driving Behavior for Longer-Lasting Brake Pads

There are specific things you can do to help your brake pads last longer. Try each one of the tips below to see if you notice a difference.  

  • BrakesKeep the cabin free of unnecessary weight: Maintaining an interior free of clutter is a big step because excess weight tends to put undue work on brake pads.
  • Monitor your speed: Try to stay at or below the recommended speed limit. Driving too fast significantly reduces a brake pad’s effectiveness and lifespan because of the increased effort used to stop the car.
  • Watch your brake fluid: Having your brake fluid flushed about every 25,000 miles or so is a good way to make sure it stays full and free of dirt. Doing this will also ensure your brake pads are in good condition.
  • Coast when you can: Coasting more often can lessen the demand on your brakes. Consider simply taking your foot off the gas when you know a stop is coming up. Then, when it’s time to come to a complete stop, you will have already slowed down a lot using way less force.

Remember to Have Your Brakes Checked

If you have any questions about the type of brake pads used in your car or how to maintain them, feel free to give us a call or send an email. If you’re experiencing any squeaking, pulling to one side, or vibrating when applying your brakes during your Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway area commutes, contact us here at Honda of Bay County to schedule an appointment with our service department. We’ll be happy to take a look.