In reality, there's no great answer to this important question. The Maguire Dealerships service team can provide the answer by inspecting your brakes on your next Ithaca, Trumansburg, and Watkins Glen service visit.

The answer can vary, depending on brake pad design, the material they're made of, and your Syracuse and Baldwinsville driving style. Continue reading to learn more about brake pads and how often they need replacement.

How Often to Change Brake Pads

Brakes take on plenty of natural wear and tear, which will vary from vehicle to vehicle. Driving habits play a role, too. For instance, tapping on the brakes often in rush hour traffic can wear down the brake pads sooner. If you're on the highway a lot and don't hit the brakes as often, there's a good chance they'll last a long time.

Generally speaking, brake pads will last between 30,000-40,000 miles. As we've said, there are some factors capable of extending the life of brake pads, and it's not unheard of to go 50,000 or 60,000 miles between a brake pad change.

The pads found on the front of the car will usually wear down sooner. This happens because pressing down on the brake pedal transfers the weight load to the front of the car. Naturally, the car wants to keep moving, so the weight moves towards the front. The rear brake pads will usually last longer than the front ones.

If distinct squeaking or squealing sounds are heard while maneuvering, typically when backing up and turning the wheel, brake pads should receive an inspection. It might be time for replacement.

How to Get the Most out of Your Brake Pads

If you're hoping the brake pads last longer, there are some ways to make that happen. Here are some things you can do to get the most life out of your brake pads.

Slow and steady wins the race. Stopping from a high speed can wear brake pads down sooner. It's a lot easier on your brake pads to come to a stop on the highway from 55 MPH down to zero instead of 75 MPH down to zero.

Perfecting the art of the coast. Coasting can save your brake pads. The brake pedal is meant to stop the car. Don't treat it as a footrest. If you're going down a steep hill, work on the art of coasting and don't jam the brake pedal down when you don't have to.

One works best. One foot is the way to go when it comes to driving. While some drivers choose to use both feet, that can lead to tapping the brakes more often.

Stop by Our Service Center Today

If you have noticed your brakes squeaking while you're out on the roads of Ithaca, Trumansburg, and Watkins Glen, it's time to schedule a brake repair service visit.

The Maguire Dealerships service team will provide efficient brake service and return your car to the roads of Syracuse and Baldwinsville as soon as possible.

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Maguire Family of Dealerships

370 Elmira Road
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Ithaca, NY 14850

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