Every vehicle owner is worried about smooth running of various car parts including Brakes Pads and Rotors. The reason behind this is that braking system of your vehicle is very important and without proper functioning of this system your ability to stop car quickly in case of emergency gets affected and can also lead to serious accident.
As all car parts get affected from wear and tear due to use and time factor, brake pads and rotors are the parts which are more likely by wear fast due to use. The question that come in your mind as a owner of vehicle owner is that how long the brake pads and rotor lasts and when should they be replaced and how can one tell it something is starting to fail?
The first thing for you is to estimate how long both your brake pads and rotors are likely to last and only then you can you can go in for replacement is to get them inspected from trained auto mechanics. We at Sterling Clutch & brake in Auckland are happy to tell you about how you can prolong the Brake pad and Rotors life..
The general rule is:
* Brake pads can last anywhere between 30,000 to 70,000 miles. The variance is due to your driving style and the driving conditions in which the vehicle is driven. As per the vehicle manufacturers the brake pads will last depending on your vehicle daily milage but in typical conditions it will last between 3 and 7 years.* The life of brake rotor is roughly about 70,000 miles, but they need to be checked for the uneven war and tear. Any uneven surface on the rotors should be corrected through turning and machining and making it round again. This machining can be done for two to three times in actual rotor life before it needs complete replacement. But since the new vehicles are very sensitive and it is cost effective to replace rotor when some thing happens to rotor from wear and tear and brakes are not functioning properly.
Tips to make Brake Pads and Rotors Last Longer
You can make brake pads and rotors last longer by following few of the tips given below and your driving habits and techniques:
* Best way to increase life of your brakes is to obey the speed limit. It is very taxing on your brakes and your brake pads will wear out fast if you stop at high rates of speed and suddenly.
* Always use your right foot for both acceleration and brake pedals. Some vehicle drivers use their left foot to hit the brake before the right foot is completely off the accelerator, requiring more brake effort.
* Be aware of the traffic movement. It will be less taxing on your brakes if you brake slowly or coast. Make it a habit to stop gradually well before a traffic light, rather than suddenly applying the brakes quickly when you get closer to light signal.
* Always minimize the amount of weight in your vehicle. With less mass to stop, it will be less taxing on your brakes as they will have to work less.
* Have the brake system inspected regularly. If the brake pads are worn out more stress is put on the rotor and other parts in the braking system. By regular inspection and early detection of worn out brake pads, you’ll not only ensure the safety of your self and your vehicle but also other components of braking system. To avoid unusual Brake pads and Rotor wear and tear you can contact us us for brake replacement service in Auckland.
If you drive your vehicle cautiously, follow the recommended minimum maintenance and contact your car garage for regular brake service and vehicle, you will be able to keep brake pads and rotors lasting as long as possible and also ensure your safety as well as the safety of other drivers on the road and off course your loved vehicle also.
For getting complete Brake and Rotors check up, and any other replacement of parts you can contact your trusted auto shop Sterling Clutch and Brakes @ 09 636 4919 or in case you have any query regarding clutch or brakes regarding your vehicle you can contact us at http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz/.
The Clutch maintenance cost bite the vehicle owners pocket very dearly. Generally the cost of labor in New Zealand costs somewhere between NZ $ 250 plus GST and the parts costs between NZ$300 – 600 depending on the vehicle and make. Moreover it keeps the vehicle owner in a difficult situation as he has to spend a whole day, first taking vehicle to garage and then wait for his turn. Besides financial pains driving with faulty clutch not only endangers the life of vehicle owner and safety of others on road. We now give a checklist of good practice you can partake on how to keep of your vehicle in the best of health and also keep your wallet happy!, and frees you from worries of clutch replacement too soon. If you are NZ and struck up with faulty and worn out clutch and need clutch replacement service in Auckland, you can come to Sterling Clutch and Brake Auckland and avail replacement service of clutch of your vehicle.
The Dos of Clutch Maintenance
Always fully press and release the clutch when change gears and comes to halt. Clutch get mostly damaged when pressed half.
Use the Brake to hold your vehicle stationery on a hill, rather than the clutch.
Always take off in first gear instead of third gear. Taking off in third gear ruins clutch very badly.
Always slowdown well in advance of the stopped traffic on red light. There might be chances that by the time you reach the red light, there is no need to stop as light has already turned green, meaning you can drop the clutch on a ceasing engine and avoid slipping.
Do match the engine speed to the rear-wheel speed when down-shifting. Also, lift the throttle a little bit as the clutch is released, this act of your will make the clutch smoother.
Never ride the Clutch pedal. Usually people ride the clutch while stopping the car on red light, and in high traffic. You seems to feel easy to keep your foot rested on clutch pedal, as you prepare to switch gear after red light. This is a big mistake and bad driving habit. This reduces the pressure between the clutch plate, disk and flywheel and will eventually cause it to brake. Always remember that clutch pedal is for changing gear and not resting your foot.
Never drop the clutch for quick acceleration. The principle of a good clutch management is to shift gears at the optimal RPM and match it. The stress on shock absorption spring aren’t built to handle the type of stress they will face when you slam the clutch plate into a engine already running in full speed.
Never park your vehicle inn the gear. Though this is convenient, but also put undue pressure on the clutch disc, even when the vehicle is not moving. It is better to park car in neutral gear when ever it is possible as it will not stress the clutch plates.
Change gear when there is need for it. Always maintain constant speed in which you feel comfortable that you can handle your vehicle seeing the traffic condition ahead of your vehicle. In this way you can plan in advance when to change the gear in a better way.
The bottom line is that you should use your foot as little as possible on clutch pedal, while shifting gears, starting the vehicle and so on. Put very little pressure on the pedal that is necessary to change gear.
In the end we can say it is cheaper to handle brake replacement vs clutch replacement. So use brake instead of clutch on road to maintain your clutch. As a thumb rule is that there should be balance between the use of brake and clutch.
If you ever face brake problem or need clutch repair service in Auckland come to Sterling Clutch and brake Auckland and for other cities you can call us @09 636 4919 and book your appointment to avoid any delay when you come with your vehicle. When you bring your vehicle to our garage, trained mechanics will first assess the extent of damage to your car clutch and brake and will inform you weather a simple repair will remove fault or any major replacement is needed. With your permission further necessary action will be taken. We always use genuine and original parts, recommended by the vehicle manufacturer of your make and model of your vehicle. You can also contact us on http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz