Your vehicle’s brake pads
are one of its most vital components. When you press down on your brake pedal, they squeeze the brake rotors to reduce your speed and bring you to a stop safely.
The lifespan of a set of brake pads can vary depending on your driving habits and the type of brake pad compound you use. However, you can generally expect them to last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles.
Brake pad lifespan is also influenced by the type of car you drive and how you drive it. For example, if you drive a lot on the motorway then your brake pads will wear quicker than if you take longer urban journeys where you often stop and start at traffic lights and roundabouts.
When you need new brake pads, an automotive technician at our Elk Grove, CA Honda service center will be able to recommend the best kind of pads for your particular driving habits and vehicle. Many manufacturers offer a range of compounds in their pad lines.
Ceramic vs Metallic vs Organic
The choice of material for your brake pads is entirely up to you, but there are several advantages to choosing a more expensive compound. Ceramics are excellent at absorbing heat and retaining it for longer, so they can cope with more intense braking without overheating or losing their braking performance.
Metallic brake pads are also more suited to heavier vehicles and trucks that require a high level of braking force to slow down quickly. They are a little more expensive than either ceramic or organic pads, but they are usually much quieter and produce less dust.