How often do your vehicle's brake pads typically last? Research shows that most brake pads last for about 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Certain problems, however, can cause them to wear out more quickly.
#1) Faulty Calipers
Faulty calipers can shorten the lifespan of your vehicle's brake pads. The calipers are responsible for pushing the brake pads against the tires' rotors. If they are faulty, they may not release the brake pads. Rather, the brake pads will be constantly pressed against the rotors, resulting in premature wear and tear.
#2) Intermittent Braking
Your driving habits can affect how quickly your vehicle's brake pads wear out. Drivers who are guilty of intermittent braking are often forced to replace their brake pads sooner than 30,000 miles. Intermittent braking is stop and go. Rather than constantly hitting the brake pedal, try to let your vehicle coast to a stop when possible.
#3) Misaligned Rotors and Brake Pads
If your vehicle's rotors and brake pads are misaligned, you may experience braking problems. The rotors need to be aligned with the brake pads. When misaligned, the brake pads may wear out quickly.
#4) Pressing the Brake Pedal Too Hard
The force with which you press the brake pedal will affect the lifespan of your vehicle's brake pads. You'll have to press the brake pedal with at least some force to slow down. The more force you apply to the brake pedal, though, the greater the wear and tear to which the brake pedals will be exposed. Brake pads wear out by physically deteriorating. Pressing the brake pedal too hard will apply more pressure to the brake pads, so they will deteriorate more quickly.,
#5) Not Washing Undercarriage
Failure to wash your vehicle's undercarriage may lead to premature wear and tear of the brake pads. Dirt and debris will build up underneath your vehicle. When left unchecked, some of this dirt and debris can make its way to the brake pads where it exposes them to additional wear and tear. Regularly washing both the body and undercarriage of your vehicle will extend the life of your brake pads.
The material from which your vehicle's brake pads are made will influence their lifespan. Brake pads are available in different materials. You can find them in ceramic, organic and metal materials. Organic brake pads typically have the shortest lifespan. Metal brake pads last a little longer. But ceramic brake pads last the longest.