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How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors


The brake system on your MINI Cooper is one of its most important safety features, so it is crucial that you ensure they are always in top condition. How long should brake pads last? Most brake pads can last anywhere from 30,000-70,000 miles, with some brake pads capable of lasting up to 100,000 miles. The service team at MINI of Warwick has all the details on how long brake pads last and what you can do to get the most out of your brake pads on the Providence, RI roads. If you are in need of new brake pads, schedule service with us today! 

Different Kinds of Brake Pads

How long brake pads last can be affected by where you drive, your driving habits on Cranston, RI-area roads, and more. In addition, the type of brake pads your vehicle is equipped with will also factor into how long your brake pads will last. Take a look at some of the different types of brake pads below to get an idea of how long they should last:

  • Organic Brake Pads: These are made with non-metallic fibers that are bonded into a composite material and are then added with fillers to provide softer and quieter braking, but they tend to wear out faster than other kinds of brake pads.
  • Semi-Metallic Brake Pads: These are made of steel wool, wire, copper, or other similar metals. One of the advantages of semimetallic brake pads is that they’re highly durable. That being said, they may wear down the brake rotors faster than other kinds of brake pads and don’t usually function as well in low temperatures. 
  • Synthetic/Ceramic Brake Pads: These are made from non-organic and non-metallic materials like fiberglass or aramid fibers which make them lighter and stronger. However, they usually cost significantly more than other kinds of brake pads. 

Looking for the right type of brake pads for your MINI Cooper? In the parts store at MINI of Warwick you’ll find a wide assortment of brake pads that are perfect for whatever MINI model you drive. 

How to Make Brake Pads Last Longer

Here are a few tips on what you can do to make your brake pads last longer on the roads in and around Newport, RI:

  • Reduce your speed while driving.
  • Come to a gradual stop rather than slamming on the brakes. 
  • Carry less cargo as this will reduce the power needed by the brakes. 
  • Regularly have the brake lines flushed and new brake fluid added. Ideally, you’ll want to get them flushed around every 25,000 miles. 

You can depend on the experts at MINI of Warwick to provide the professional brake service needed to keep your vehicle always running safely on Warwick roads and beyond. 

How Long Do Ceramic Brake Pads Last? 

Ceramic brake pads offer lighter weight and higher strike levels, which makes them a good option for MINI Cooper drivers. How long do ceramic brake pads last? Most ceramic brake pads can last up to 75,000 miles before needing to be replaced, but the actual mileage may vary depending on the factors mentioned above.

Get Expert Brake Service at MINI of Warwick

How long do brake pads last? You can expect your brake pads to last up to 70,000 miles and even well beyond that, but be sure to implement our recommended driving habits and services to help you get the most out of your brake pads. If you notice that your car shakes when braking or if you feel that the brake pedal is soft or spongy, make sure to visit our Service Center as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact our service team with any questions or concerns, and don’t forget to check out our current service specials and coupons to save on your next brake service in Warwick.

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