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With automobile brakes lasting in excess of 60,000 miles before the pads need to be replaced, you might think they would be able to make some brake pads that last at least 10,000 miles for a side-by-side like the Polaris General. When you think about it, though, the brakes on a car aren’t subjected to the same amount of dirt, mud, sand, dirty water crossings, etc. If they were, they wouldn’t last nearly as long, which goes to show that the life of your UTV brakes and brake pads depends less on the piece between the steering wheel and seat, and more on the terrain you ride. We’ve seen riders go thousands of miles without changing their brake pads, while other riders -- who traverse sandy and wet conditions -- only get 1-2 rides out of their pads. In addition to the trail grade and conditions, the life of your General’s brake pads will also be affected by how much you brake. If, for example, you use your engine to brake, the pads, rotors, and calipers won’t have to work as much, therefore extending their lifespan.