How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

Driving with worn brake pads destroys the brake rotors and reduces braking performance which can cost a pretty penny to fix. Knowing when to get your brake pads and shoes replaced is the key to staying ahead of the game.

When To Replace Brake Pads?

Your vehicle's brakes stand between you and an accident. If your brake pads aren't functioning correctly, you may not be able to stop your vehicle in time. Therefore knowing when to change brake pads is critical.

Brake pads should be replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Changing the brake pads is necessary if you detect any of the following indicators.

  • If you travel in stop-and-go traffic, you'll require brake pad replacement more frequently than a freeway driver.
  • Some drivers stomp on the brakes more often than they should, which means the brake pads need to be replaced more often.

Further Signs Your Brake Pads Need To Be Replaced


If your brake pads make an odd noise while braking they may need replacing

Driving Vibrations

When you push your car's brake pedal, it should stop smoothly. Worn brake pads may cause pedal vibration. The vibrations might start to affect the steering wheel. Warped brake rotors will also need to be replaced.

Slower Stopping

As the brake pads wear down, the braking operation may fail. Usually, a new set of brake pads are enough. Although your brake fluid may potentially be low due to a leak. A complete inspection will be needed to determine the reason.

Brake Wear Indicator

Newer cars feature alarms for almost every function, including the brakes. The handy brake pad Indicator lights will appear when the pad material becomes too thin.

Worn Brake Pads

Home mechanics can easily examine their vehicle's brake pad thickness at home with a flashlight. Pay attention to the brake pad's thickness. If the material is 14 inches or less, get new brake pads.


If you need brake repairs for your vehicle we are on hand to help you. Bring your vehicle to B&C Auto Center today!