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How Much Does it Cost to Replace Brake Pads?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors

Just how much does it cost to replace brake pads? How much time does it take to wear down a set of pads before they require replacing? These are the exact kinds of questions we want to help you answer here at Ryan Nissan! Contact us to learn more, or continue reading for additional information on how much it’ll run you to replace your brake pads and how often you might expect to perform this critical automotive maintenance task. 

What’s the Average Cost to Replace Brake Pads in Minot?

Minot-area drivers often wonder how much it’ll cost them to replace their brake pads when the time comes. Typically, brake pad replacement costs about $150 per axle, or $300 total on average. That’s just a ballpark estimate, though. Costs can range from between $100 to $300 per axle. Cheaper brake pads are made up of composite organic material. More expensive ones, meanwhile, are generally made up of metal. Metal brake pads offer greater heat resistance and less brake fade with routine use. 

Want to know how much it will be to replace your brake pads today at the Ryan Nissan service center, where we only use high-quality OEM brake pads and other Nissan parts? Call (701) 852-3915 to get a quote now!

Brakes vs. Brake Pads 

“Brakes” and “brake pads” are two terms that are often used synonymously, but brakes actually are the entire braking system. Brake pads, like rotors, are just one component of this system.

  • Brakes refer to the brake system as a whole, including the brake pads, rotors, discs, calipers, master cylinder, lines, and brake drums (on some older vehicles). 
  • Brake pads are an integral part of the brake system. They apply pressure to the brake rotors (aka brake discs) to bring the vehicle to a stop. 

How Long Should My Brake Pads Last?

High-quality brake pads like the ones we sell at Ryan Nissan generally last between 40,000 to 50,000 miles. If you’re like the average Bismarck or Williston driver who travels 12,000 miles per year, that means your brake pads should last roughly 4-4.5 years, give or take. 

Note: Your driving habits can significantly lengthen or shorten the above average lifespan for brake pads. If you coast to a stop as often as you can and avoid slamming on the brakes, your brake pads will probably last a much longer time. If, however, you slam on the brakes a lot, they’ll probably last a much shorter time. 

How Do I Know My Car Needs New Brake Pads?

All of the following are red flags that you need to change out your car’s brake pads ASAP: 

  • The brake or maintenance indicator light turns on 
  • The brakes are making a squealing or squeaking sound
  • The brakes are making a grinding metallic sound
  • The brake pedal vibrates under-foot
  • The brake pads are less than 1/4 inch thick when measured

Schedule Brake Pad Replacement Service at Ryan Nissan! 

Have you noticed that your brakes are making odd noises? Has it been over 40,000 miles or 4 years since you last had your brake pads replaced? Now that you know how much it is to replace brake pads and how often you should have them replaced, we hope you’ll be better prepared to arm your car with the routine brake maintenance it needs to run at its best! Shout out our service experts with questions about car brakes if you have them in the meantime.


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