How Much to Replace Brake Pads

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad
 

The easiest way to keep your vehicle running in top condition on the Montgomery roads is to replace critical parts as soon as they start to wear out or show signs of age. Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, so it’s essential that you keep them in top condition! One of the key components of your braking system is the brake pads, which, like anything, will eventually wear down and need to be replaced. It’s an easy fix that we at Larry Puckett Chevrolet can take care of for you, but how much does it cost to replace brake pads?

 

 

While there’s no single answer, you can generally expect to pay between $100 to $300 per axle for a brake pad replacement. The cost varies because of the quality of the brake pads. Lower-end, more affordable pads are made of organic materials, while higher-end pads are made of metal composites and are more expensive. The service team at Larry Puckett Chevrolet has more details on how much it is to replace brake pads in the guide below.

Brakes vs. Brake Pads: What’s the Difference?

One question you may have is about the difference between brakes and brake pads. While some people use them interchangeably, these two terms are actually quite different!

  • Brake pads are an important part of the brake system and apply pressure to the brake rotors or discs to bring the vehicle to a full stop.
  • Brakes refer to the brake system as a whole, including the brake pads, rotors, discs, calipers, master cylinder, and lines.

How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

If you drive your vehicle every day around Wetumpka, mostly for your daily commute and local errands, your brake pads should last around 40,000 to 50,000 miles. That translates to three or four years of daily drive time. However, the way you use your brakes can prolong or shorten their lifespan. For example, if you frequently slam on the brakes, your brake pads will wear out prematurely, while coasting to a stop and gently pressing down on the brake pedal will make them last longer.

Signs Your Car Needs Its Brake Pads Replaced

There are a number of telltale signs your brake pads are wearing down and should be replaced. Keep an eye out for the following on the Millbrook roads:

  • The brakes are making a squealing or squeaking sound
  • You’re hearing a grinding metal sound
  • The brake pedal vibrates
  • The brake pads are less than 1/4 inch thick
  • Your indicator light turns on

Schedule a Brake Pad Replacement at Larry Puckett Chevrolet

If you’ve noticed any of the signs listed above, go ahead and schedule a service appointment with Larry Puckett Chevrolet! We’ll take it from there and get you safely back on the road in no time. You can also contact us with any questions about replacing your brake pads or to learn more about the other services we offer.

 

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