How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

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Many Blue Ash drivers often wonder, how many miles do brakes last. Brakes have an average lifespan between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, but it varies depending on how you drive, where you drive, and what kind of brake pads your vehicle uses. To help, we’ve put together an overview of the average brake life and the factors that affect it. Don’t hesitate to contact our Cincinnati service center if you have any questions, and be sure to check out the additional service tips and tricks that we offer.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

Brakes can last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, which is a large range because it’s difficult to give a definitive number. In fact, some sets of brake pads can even last past 80,000 miles. It’s best to always check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the recommended service schedule. This is because certain service intervals include brake pad inspections, and the maintenance schedule may recommend when to replace the brakes. 

If you take your vehicle to our service center near Montgomery, our factory-trained and certified technicians can help since they know your vehicle inside and out and can better accurately estimate when the brakes will need to be replaced by taking torque calculations, performance specs, and other factors into account. They can also replace your brake pads with genuine OEM parts that are specially made for your model for a perfect fit and long-lasting performance.

What Factors Affect Brake Pad Life?

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

  • Brake Pad Material: Carbon-ceramic pads last longer than standard metallic pads, but they are typically more expensive. If you don’t know what type of brake pads you have, your vehicle’s owner’s manual may give you the information needed.
  • Driving Habits: If you brake hard instead of pressing down softly, or you ride on the brakes instead of coasting to a stop, your brake pads will wear faster.
  • Environment: Driving in the city means encountering more traffic, lights, and stop signs, so you’ll brake more often. Driving on the highway usually means longer brake life.

Why Does My Car Shake When I Brake?

If your vehicle is shaking when braking, it’s time to bring it to our Cincinnati service right away. The most common issue is the brake system itself, but there are additional, more specific reasons why it could be happening: 

  • One of your tires is experiencing “run out,” or is no longer perfectly round
  • One of your wheels is unbalanced
  • Your car’s front-end alignment is off
  • A loose control arm or damaged knuckle is affecting your car’s steering
  • Your car’s axle shaft is damaged
  • Your vehicle has loose lug nuts

If your vehicle’s brakes are acting up, visit us for routine maintenance! Our team can help tell you exactly why your car is shaking when you brake and we can fix it promptly.

Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced at Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati!

Now that you know, “how long do car brakes last,” our team is standing by to assist with all of your automotive and servicing needs. Don’t hesitate to contact our service center if you have any questions or need to schedule a service appointment. Be sure to take advantage of our service specials!

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