The lifespan of brake pads could last years, depending on how you drive. Understanding your driving habits is essential, as it can help drivers realize when to change the brake pads. Brake pads generally last around 25,000 to 65,000 miles, but bad driving can cause that to shrink. Riding your brakes (when a foot is always on the brakes) and hard braking puts a lot of friction and pressure on the brakes and can lead to diminishing their life. If screeching begins to happen, you should get them replaced and try changing how you drive to extend the pad’s lifespan.
Old brakes are typically the reason you may experience that squeaking also. Over the years, parts on every vehicle will begin to break down due to driving habits, moisture, rust, and if it is garaged or not. The simple solution is to get those brakes replaced with brand-new parts. However, a shift in the way you drive on the highway could reduce the squeaking prior to driving them to the dealership.
This may shock you, but one cause of brake squealing is that they are simply too new. Your brake pads may require some more miles to break in and get accustomed to your vehicle. Sometimes weather conditions can lead to built-up moisture covering your brakes, and it can take a while to dry that moisture. Additionally, the way you drive may create some brake squeaking. Heavy braking or “riding” your brakes (keeping your foot on the brakes) can lead to brake squeaking, even if they’re new. If this is the case, then think about giving your brakes a break to help avoid making more friction.
On any vehicle, problems can sometimes come out of thin air. Of course, yearly maintenance checks could give you the foresight to avoid eventual issues with the car, but daily issues could still happen. One of those concerns might be screeching brakes, and there are some ways to avoid this, depending on if they are brand-new or old. Brake squeaking could occur due to driving habits or even driving conditions.