The brakes on your car are crucial to your safety and the safety of those you share the road with. So, how long do car brakes last? The average brake lifespan is between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, but that can vary depending on how you drive, where you drive, and what kind of brake pads your vehicle is equipped with. The service team at Underriner Volvo has put together this informative overview of average brake life and the factors that affect it. If it's time to replace your brake pads, make sure to schedule an appointment at our Service Center in Billings as soon as possible.

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

The gap between 25,000 and 65,000 miles is pretty substantial, but that's because it's virtually impossible to put a definite mileage number on how long your brakes will last. In fact, some brake pads can last for over 80,000 miles. It's best to consult your owner's manual to find the recommended maintenance schedule for your specific Volvo model. The schedule will indicate when a brake pad inspection is due, as well as when brake replacement is recommended. 

The certified technicians in our Service Center use performance specs, torque calculations, and more to determine when your brakes should be replaced. You can depend on us to use only genuine Volvo OEM parts when we service your vehicle. The OEM brake pads are specifically engineered to the specifications of your Volvo S60, XC60, or XC90, and their performance and durability are far superior to those of aftermarket parts.

What Factors Affect Brake Pad Life?

How and where you drive can affect brake pad life:

  • Driving Habits: If you brake hard instead, or if you ride on the brakes instead of coasting to a stop, your brake pads will wear down faster.
  • Environment: When driving the streets of cities like Shepherd or Huntley, you'll encounter more traffic, more signal lights, and more stop signs, so you'll wind up braking more often. If you do a lot of highway driving your brakes will tend to last longer. 
  • Brake Pad Material: Carbon-ceramic brake pads are more long-lasting than standard metallic pads, but they are often more expensive. If you don't know what type of brake pads your Volvo has, check your owner's manual.

Get Your Brakes Inspected and Serviced at Underriner Volvo

Whether you're frequently wearing down your brakes on trips in and around Laurel, or going the distance out on I-90, the experts at Underriner Volvo can help ensure that your brakes are always in top condition. Make sure to check out our service specials to find great deals on a wide range of maintenance services, and check out the benefits of our Volvo Service for Life. If you have questions about our oil change service, your brake pads, Volvo batteries, the Volvo XC60 maintenance schedule, or how to fix minor dents and scratches, please don't hesitate to contact us.