When it comes to car maintenance, few things are more important than the brakes. The brake pads are a critical component of the braking system and are responsible for creating friction that slows down and stops the car. However, brake pads don’t last forever, and eventually, they will need to be replaced. But what causes brake pads to wear out, and how can you extend their lifespan? 

Friction and heat 

The primary cause of brake pad wear is the friction and heat generated during braking. Every time you press the brake pedal, the brake pads are squeezed against the rotors, creating friction and heat. This friction and heat help slow the car, but they also take a toll on the brake pads. Over time, the heat and friction can cause the brake pads to wear down and they eventually need to be replaced. 

Driving habits 

Your driving habits can also impact the lifespan of your brake pads. If you frequently brake hard or drive in stop-and-go traffic, your brake pads will wear out more quickly. On the other hand, if you drive mainly on the highway and use your brakes sparingly, your brake pads will last longer. 

Quality of the brake pads 

The quality of the brake pads you use can also affect their lifespan. Cheap, low-quality brake pads tend to wear out more quickly than higher-quality pads. Investing in high-quality brake pads will help extend their lifespan and improve overall braking performance. 

Vehicle weight 

The weight of your vehicle can also impact the wear on your brake pads. Heavier vehicles require more force to slow down and stop, which can put more wear on the brake pads. As a result, brake pads on heavy vehicles may wear out more quickly than those on lighter vehicles. 

Brake pad material 

The material of the brake pads can also affect their lifespan. Some materials, like ceramic, are more resistant to wear and can last longer than metallic brake pads. However, metallic brake pads may perform better in certain situations, such as high-performance driving. 


To extend the lifespan of your brake pads, it’s essential to pay attention to your driving habits, invest in high-quality brake pads, and have your brakes inspected regularly. If you notice that your brakes are making strange noises, vibrating, or not performing as well as they used to, it may be time to replace your brake pads. Keeping your brake pads in good condition is essential for the safety and performance of your car, so pay attention to this vital maintenance task. If you want to get your brake pads checked or replaced, stop by Superior Service Center! We have two convenient locations in the Twin Cities.