How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Car mechanic Repairing brakes on car. He is changing brake disc

While there’s really no one-size-fits-all answer to the question, “How many miles to brakes last,” your car’s brake pads should last for at least 25,000 miles, and no more than 80,000 miles. More commonly, you’ll arrive at an interval that’s closer to 45,000 miles–or roughly four years, assuming you drive about as much as the average Jersey City-area commuter. Your owner’s manual will include a model-specific recommendation, so give us a call or check the fine print for a more accurate estimate.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last, Really?

The lifespan of your brake pads will vary depending on a wide range of factors, including your behavior behind the wheel and the weight of the vehicle itself. How long do car brakes last with proper care and maintenance? With long-lasting, OEM-approved brake pads, smart driving habits, and attention to the other, related aspects of your Jaguar maintenance schedule (such as tire care and wheel alignment), your brake pads could endure for up to six or seven years.

Since the lifespan of brake pads can vary by such a wide margin, we should note that there’s no substitute for careful attention. If your vehicle isn’t stopping like it used to, or if you’ve noticed some unpleasant shaking when you press down on the brakes, get into our service center as soon as possible. We’re easy to reach from anywhere near Fort Lee or New York City, and we can handle any and all tasks related to Jaguar brake repair.

How Can I Help My Brakes Last Longer?

Even if you’re already equipping the brake pads that are recommended in your owner’s manual, there’s a lot you can do to improve the lifespan of your brake pads:

  • Drivers who spend more time coasting and less time braking will naturally enjoy longer-lasting brakes.
  • Carbon-ceramic brake pads are usually more expensive than metallic brake pads, but they also tend to last much longer.
  • Tires with sufficient tread depth have better traction, and can be brought to a stop more easily, with less wear on your brake pads.
  • Misaligned wheels or issues with your suspension may cause an increasing strain on your brake pads. Care for these systems as well!

If you think your brakes are due for service, don’t push it. Driving with worn-down brake pads can damage your brake rotors–and replacing these components is much more expensive than replacing the pads alone!

Why Does My Car Shake When I Brake?

A car that shakes while braking is usually a car that’s in need of new brakes. In fact, if you’re noticing significant shake, there’s a good chance you’re past-due. Of course, a shaking vehicle can also be an indication of other problems, so it’s smart to consider the possibilities before you jump to conclusions. If your vehicle shakes while braking, you may be dealing with:

  • Uneven tire wear
  • Unbalanced wheels
  • Misaligned tires
  • Loose control arm
  • Damaged knuckles
  • Damaged axle shaft
  • Loose lug nuts

No matter which issue you’re facing, you can rely on our parts specials to make your next visit more affordable.

We’re Your Englewood Source for Brake Service

If you don’t know how to assess the condition of your brakes at home, don’t know how old your current brake pads are, or just want a second opinion, schedule service at Jaguar Englewood. We’ll give you an estimate of how long your car brakes will last, and replace your pads as needed.

Jaguar Englewood 40.8806336, -73.9825438.