How Much Are Brake Pads? A Cost Guide

Published: August 12, 2022
Last updated: September 5, 2022

Brake pads' friction material will inevitably wear out over time, and you will need to replace them. The brake pads on your vehicle are an integral part of its braking system. Without functioning brake pads, you cannot drive your car safely.

Below you'll find the average cost of brake pad replacement, as well as the top questions to ask before you replace them.

How Much Are Brake Pads?

There are usually two axles on a car. Larger vehicles with more passengers and wheels may come with more axles. Mechanics charge different hourly rates for a brake job, and manufacturers price parts differently based on their materials.

  • Parts cost between $35 and $150 on average.
  • Depending on the axle, labor costs range from $80 to $120.
  • Replacing brake pads costs between $115 and $300 per axle (parts and labor).
  • Brake components such as brake drums, brake fluid, and brake lines cost extra if they need to be replaced.

Cost To Replace All Four Brake Pads?

A complete set of four brake pads costs between $230 and $600 for all four wheels, including labor and parts. Materials ranging from poor quality to premium quality are available.

Front Brake Pad Replacement Cost

The front brakes are responsible for about 70% of all braking in your car. In many cases, these ceramic brake pads overheat and can result in squeaking, groaning, or grinding. There is an average brake pad replacement cost of $115 to $300 to replace the front brake pads, which is about the same as replacing rear brake pads. There is a wide range of quality in these ceramic brake pad materials, from poor to premium. Premium brake pads produce less brake dust than poor-quality ones.

Rear Brake Pad Replacement Cost

The rear brakes contribute to stopping the car, but they do so about 30-40% of the time. That would mean they would wear out less. The brake pads on the back are smaller than those on the front, so that they will wear out at about the same rate. Your front brake pads will not be far behind your rear brake pads if you need rear brake pads. There is roughly the same cost between replacing rear brake pads and front brake pads, about an average price of $115 to $300. The quality of these materials varies from poor to premium.

Difference Between Brakes And Brake Pads

There is a common misconception that brake pads and brakes are the same. It is vital for vehicle maintenance and upkeep to be aware of the differences and how the braking system works. There is a difference between brake pads and brakes. As you press on your brake pedal, all of the components associated with the brake system work in tandem to slow your car down. About a quarter of an inch thick and several inches long, brake pads are flat rubber slabs. Friction and resistance are created when you push the brake pedal, the hydraulic pressure pushes the brake pads against the rotors, and the car slows down. The surface of the brake pads will inevitably wear away completely after thousands of miles of driving.

Difference Between Brake Pads And Rotors?

Rotors are metal brake discs mounted just behind the wheel on the axle. It is synchronized between the rotor and the wheel. The brake rotors of your vehicle clamp down on your brake pads to keep the wheels from spinning. As previously explained, brakes slow down a car by contacting the pads against the rotor. Your vehicle may also need brake rotor replacement alongside brake pad replacement as the brake pads wear down over time.

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Founder, Editor-in-Chief Carmelo Pickel is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Keep Driving, with almost 20 years of experience working in the industry. Before founding Keep Driving, Carmelo held leadership roles for over a decade on top automotive dealership corporations across North America, handling various leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, and Incentives.
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