The humble brake pad gives its life to save yours. Day in and day out, commuting, road trips, and even short drives to the park take their toll on your brake pads - and that’s okay!
That’s the job of the brake pad. However, you may have some questions about the lifespan of a brake pad - maybe yours seems to be wearing oddly/quickly. Here’s what you need to know about the life of your Toyota brake pads.
Typical Toyota Brake Pad Wear
The wear put on brake pads on your Toyota will depend on several factors - such as mileage and your personal driving habits. For example, city drivers use their brakes more often than drivers commuting on freeways.
Although town driving involves the frequent application of the brakes, such low-speed use doesn’t cause as much wear as heavy braking from high speed. Congested highways are one of the main culprits and this type of heavy braking is more likely to contribute to disc warping and brake judder etc.
Compared to rear brake pads, front brake pads typically break down faster since they handle more weight transfer load during braking. As the weight of the car wants to continue to move forward when the brake pads apply force to the discs to slow the vehicle. Because the weight is constantly transferred forward each time the brake pads are put to use, they wear out quicker.
Another thing that can affect brake pads, is to make sure the wheel lugs are torqued to the correct spec’s, as wheel lugs screwed too tight can warp rotors and damage pads and other components.
Brake wear is an indeterminate science - in some cases, the brake pads will do 70,000 miles while other drivers will find they need changing after only 25,000 miles. The type of vehicle, type of use, and driving style all have an influence on pad life.
On average, brake pads on the front last for anywhere from 30-60k miles. If they just squeak the first couple of times braking every day, then it's probably from rust trying to form on the rotors after it's been sitting for a while. If they squeak every time you touch the pedal, that’s a sure sign you need new pads - or at least want to get them checked. Sometimes squeaks are caused by excess pad material that hasn’t quite worn off.
How To Make Brake Pads Last Longer
Here are some easy ways to prolong the life of your pads:
- Keep your speed low as braking from higher speeds kills your brake pads.
- Don’t two-foot it! Drivers who use their left foot on the brake pedal are on and off the brakes constantly.
- Coast to a stop from further back, rather than waiting until the last minute to brake at a light.
- Stay further away from the other cars to reduce the likeliness of sudden braking.
- Keep the weight in the car low so the brakes are trying to stop the extra pounds.
Not only are these good tips for prolonging pad life, but they’re also good tips for getting more life out of other brake components - and pretty good safety tips to keep in mind!
Bottom Line On Pad Wear…
The best rule of thumb is to listen to your Toyota car, truck, or SUV. If you hear any type of squealing noise when you apply the brakes, the smart thing to do is have new brake pads put on as soon as possible.
How To Replace Your Toyota Brake Pads
Here are instructions on how to change the front brake pads on your Toyota - or - you can follow the links below for instructions by model:
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