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 and rotor

* 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/.

While driving a vehicle stopping distance is calculated on the basis of driver’s thinking of distance, meaning that distance travelled by vehicle before the driver reacts to a hazard on the road and the braking distance, which is how long the vehicle takes to stop once the driver applies the brakes.

The overall stopping distance depends on thinking and the braking distance, and the braking distance further depends on various circumstances. It is these circumstances which affect the overall stopping distance:

  1. Thinking distance: Thinking distance depends on the driver and also the speed at which the vehicle is travelling. This can be increased by the following factors:
  • Drivers tiredness and alertness
  • The driver taking drink or drug (legal or illegal)
  • Age of the driver-underaged and overaged driver may also have an increased thinking distance
  • Lack of concentration of the driver-using mobile phone while driving
  • The bad vision of the driver also leads to decrease reaction distance
  1. Braking Distance on Web-Dry Surface: Besides the speed at which the vehicle is travelling, braking distance gets affected and can increase by the below-mentioned points:
  • The Vehicle’s weight.
  • Brakes condition, in case of worn out discs/or pads longer time, is taken by vehicle to stop on wet weather.
  • Wet or icy roads increases the braking distance.
  • The condition of the road surface- On well-maintained roads with smooth surface less braking distance is there, whereas gravel, dirt and mud on the road will increase braking distance.

Further, the braking depends on the efficiency of your vehicle’s brakes. The following vehicle-related aspects are also to be considered when calculating the braking time and distance.

Braking-Time-and-Distance

Braking with locked wheels

There is very less variability in stopping distance when braking with locked wheels, but however, on the wet roads, there is a much more dramatic reduction in friction which can result in your vehicle ploughing ahead on entry to a corner. A sudden locking of wheels gives you feeling of your having a vehicle with ASB system, as this type of braking with locked wheels is not recommended with ordinary braking systems.

Tires pressures and grip

With lower pressure in tires increases the size of the contact patch. So letting out some air from tires (of course as per the manufacturer’s guidelines) will help to have more grip in wet conditions. But all this can be done up to a certain point.

The depth of tread in tire and braking distance: Research has confirmed that tires with more tread depth have a greater ability to stop the vehicle at a small distance in the wet and icy roads. Extra 8 meters is required if the tread depth is 25% or less to stop the vehicle and 13 meters if the tread depth is less than 10%. Brakes work better if they are 100% working and if their slight variation in the efficiency level sudden braking leads to the brake failure all of a sudden in the emergency. So brakes should be always kept in the perfect working condition always.

If you ever face brake problem or need brake replacement service in Auckland, you can come to Sterling Clutch and Brake Auckland and can get brakes of your vehicle checked and in the event it needs any service or replacement then that can done with genuine parts within minimum time and make your vehicle fit to drive safely on road again and let you and your family enjoy the drive. Otherwise, you can book your appointment with us calling @ 09 636 4919 or you can contact us on http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz.