How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors


The team at Whitten Brothers of Richmond in the automotive service center is happy to answer any questions and help Ashland-area drivers take care of their vehicle as best as possible. With that in mind, you may be curious, how long do brake pads last and what factors cause wear? The team at Whitten Brothers of Richmond covers these questions, as well as more information about your vehicle’s braking system and potential upgrades like ceramic brake pads! Keep reading, then schedule a service appointment to change your brake pads when it comes time!

How Long Should Brake Pads Last: Brake Pad Wear 

The brake pads are the part of the overall braking system that makes direct contact with the brake rotors, this causes friction in order to slow down your vehicle on the streets of Fredericksburg. The same friction that stops your vehicle is the main cause of your eventual brake pad wear down and replacement

There are a number of factors that either increase or decrease the rate of use of brake pad components. How hard you apply the brake pedal is one of them, and this is a factor totally within your control! There are other elements, like outside temperatures and road conditions, that will negatively impact the brake pads. Here are some of the other factors that impact how long brake pads last:

  • Driving/braking habits
  • Local driving environment
  • Condition of other brake components
  • Type of brake pad
  • Manual vs. automatic transmission

So, How Long Should Brake Pads Last?

Keeping all the factors above in mind, you’ll want to consider that all brake pads have a different rate of burn-off depending on the make and model as well as each brand and quality level of the brake pads themselves. How long do brake pads last, then? Well on average, it should be about 20,000 miles on the low end or up to 75,000 miles on the high end.

How Long Do Ceramic Brake Pads Last?

How long brake pads last when they are on the higher end of things is a bit different, it’s hard not to talk about the most resilient brake pad material. These are typically only found on high performance and luxury cars: ceramic brake pads! So, how long do ceramic brake pads last? This model of brake pad lasts up to 75,000 miles on average! 

Rely on Whitten Brothers of Richmond for Your Brake Care!

So, now that you know how long brake pads last and the factors that impact them, and how long do ceramic brake pads last? It’s time to come for an inspection at our Richmond service center. Our team at Whitten Brothers of Richmond is happy to help our Fredericksburg and Chester-area customers stay secure on the roads around town and beyond. Explore our service & parts tips hub to learn more about how to care for your CDJR vehicle. 


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