Brake pads tend to last ranging from 60,000 to 150,000 km, depending on your driving habits and other factors. This article will enlighten you about the ways on how to extend the life of your brake pads. Though you should always replace it if they begin to screech. These tips might really come in handy.
- Speed is the enemy
When it comes to braking, the full and complete stops from an accelerated speed are the numero uno cause of the premature brake pad wear and tear. Speed leads to wear on brake pads exponentially. In other words, coming to a full halt ranging from 105 kmph instead of 85 kmph which forces the brakes to dissipate away 33 percent more energy. Brake pads function by transforming the energy into heat and they become worn out so quickly that more energy needs to be dissipated. If you slow it down a bit, you can save a lot of wear and tear on the brake pads.
- Never two-foot your pedals
You should always avoid two-footing your pedals. If you tap your brake pedal with your left foot, while still keeping the right on the accelerator, this is deemed a bad practice. It causes more brake taps which don’t stop your car and leads to premature wear.
- Coast as much as you can
If you pay more attention to the traffic flow, and halted or slowed down cars that are a tad bit away from you, make sure you coast as much as you can in order to simmer down on the speed, as opposed to braking. Driving uphill is a great instance. If you are driving uphill towards the halted cars, you shouldn’t bother braking before you crest the hill. If you simply coast up, and shed some speed away, then brake when it is really required. Or if you prefer going on a freeway off ramp, just prefer coasting from 120 kmph to 80 kmph, and then use the brakes to slow down the rest of the way. By doing this, you can extend the lifetime of the brake pads.
- Don’t rush to stop
This will save your gas and brake wear and tear as well. If there is a red light coming up, begin to coast and slow down. There is no reason to use the gas and hurry to stop when the cars ahead of you aren’t moving. You will waste fuel and when you have to stop, you will put wear and tear on the brake pads and Cross Drilled Rotors as well.