How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Mechanic Adjusting Brake Pad

Many drivers ask us, “How many miles do brakes last?” as well as, “Why does my car shake when I brake?” The service experts at Land Rover Wilmington are here to teach you about average brake life and the factors affecting it. Don’t hesitate to contact the factory-trained and certified technicians at our service center near Newark if you have any questions.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

Brakes can typically last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, which is a large range due to several factors. Some brakes can even last more than 80,000 miles. Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for details about the recommended service maintenance schedule. Certain service intervals include brake pad inspections, and the maintenance schedule recommends when to replace the brakes.

Our technicians know your Land Rover vehicle inside and out and can accurately estimate when it’s time to replace your brakes by taking torque calculations, performance specs, and more into account. Furthermore, at Land Rover Wilmington, your brake pads will be replaced with genuine OEM parts specifically designed and made specifically for your vehicle to ensure a perfect fit and long-lasting performance. 

What Different Factors Affect Brake Pad Life?

The life of your brake pads is impacted by a number of factors, including how and where you drive, so answering the question, “How long do car brakes last?” will vary spending on several things:

  • Driving Habits: Braking hard instead of pressing down softly or riding on the brakes instead of coasting to a stop wears out your brake pads sooner.
  • Environment: Driving in the city means dealing with more traffic, lights, and stop signs, so you’ll brake more. Driving on the highway near Middletown can mean a longer brake life. 
  • Brake Pad Material: Carbon-ceramic pads last longer than standard metallic pads, but they will also cost more. Don’t know what brake pads you have? Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more information.

Why Does My Car Shake When I Brake?

If your car is shaking when you brake, schedule an appointment at our Wilmington auto repair shop right away. The most common reason for this is the brake system itself, but there are a few specific reasons why this could be happening:

  • One of your tires is experiencing “run out,” or is no longer perfectly round.
  • One of your wheels is unbalanced.
  • Your car’s front-end alignment is off.
  • A loose control arm or damaged knuckle is affecting your car’s steering.
  • Your car’s axle shaft is damaged.
  • Your vehicle has loose lug nuts.

Are your brakes acting up? Visit Land Rover Wilmington to have a factory-trained mechanic inspect your brakes to confirm a diagnosis. 

Have Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced in Wilmington

Whether you’re wearing down your brakes on trips beyond West Chester, PA or driving long distances on the highways, schedule your service appointment to see if they need to be changed. Our service center also offers valet pickup/drop-off for your service appointments! Between our competitive prices and service specials, you can rest assured that you’re in excellent hands at the Land Rover Wilmington service center. Contact us for more information.


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