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How Long Do Brake Pads Last On A Car

When it comes to your car you want to get the most bang for your buck. One wear item that you might want to think about are your brake pads. How do these little parts work? How can you save in the long run? Let’s take a look.

How Long Do Brake Pads Last

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With average driving in the Southampton-area of Bucks County, Frank’s Servicenter estimates how long brake pads take to replace at roughly 25,000 to 40,000 miles. There are a lot of factors at play with brake repair though. If you want to maximize your brake pad lifespan let’s look at two other topics…

How Brake Pads Work

Friction is the key principle behind a car’s braking system. As the wheels spin the brake pad is pushed into contact with something called a brake rotor which is fastened to the turning wheel. This provides the force that slows down the car. The brake pad is pushed into the rotor by something called a brake caliper which is a small piston that is operated when you push the brake pedal.

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Why Brake Pads Wear

Imagine two pieces of strong metal colliding. It may be hard to tell which will break. If your brake pads were as strong as the rotors themselves they could cause damage and prevent you from stopping at all! For this reason brake pads wear down over time and allow you to stop when you need to. One way you can save on brake pad replacement cost is to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stop when approaching stop lights or when you’re in traffic.

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