How Long do Brakes Last?

How Long Do Brake Last? | Genesis of Littleton

It’s no surprise that brakes play an important role when traveling in and around Parker, Littleton, and Castle Rock, Colorado. You know you need to make sure your brakes are in tip-top shape to ensure a safe commute, but do you know how long brakes last?

At Genesis of Littleton, we’ve created this reference guide to help you learn about brakes, their lifespan, and where to go for more help. Are you ready to learn how long brakes last? Keep reading!

Brake Components

Did you know that there are several different parts that make up your brake system? Since there are several components to your brake disc system, it’s important to understand each and what they do. Let’s take a look at the three major components to your brakes!

Brake Pad

When you press down on your brake pedal, this pressure is transferred to your brake pads. These components sandwich your rotors.


The brake pads squeeze against your brake rotors, which creates friction. The friction created by the brake pad-on-rotor is what brings your Genesis to a stop.


Calipers are important because they are the connective piece between your brake pads and rotors.

How Long do Brakes Last?

While the lifespan of brakes varies from driver to driver, brakes generally last 50,000 miles. However, there are several factors that can either increase or decrease the life of your brakes. These factors include:

  • Driving habits: How you drive your Genesis will affect how long your brakes last. For example, if you press hard on the brake pedal and brake abruptly, you’ll likely wear down your brakes faster.
  • Driving conditions: If you drive in a lot of stop-and-go traffic, like in the city, you may find your brakes wear out faster. Additionally, driving on roads with steep elevation changes, like with mountains, can also wear your brakes faster.
  • Materials: The lifespan of your brakes also depends on the material in which your brakes are made.

Signs You May Need New Brakes

While only the skilled eye of a mechanic can determine whether or not you need new brakes, there are some things you may notice when driving that could indicate it’s time for a brake service or a brake repair.

One thing you may notice is a squealing noise when you press on the brake pedal. There are a number of different reasons your brakes may be squeaking, but one of the most common reasons is a built-in audible sound that comes from your brake pads to let them know it’s time for a replacement.

You may also notice shaking in your steering wheel or other general uncommon movements when you brake. This could indicate your rotors are warped and they need to be replaced.

If you have any questions about brake signs or the condition of your brakes, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local mechanic.

Learn More Today

While our brake guide is a great place to start, there’s a lot to know about brakes, how they work, and when they should be replaced. We invite the drivers of Parker, Littleton, and Castle Rock, CO, to visit our on-site service center and chat with one of our technicians to learn more about brakes.

If you have any questions or concerns about your brakes, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team or visit us at Genesis of Littleton to learn more today!

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