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:

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* 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/.

One of the most forgotten Brake components is caliper. Since every person driving the vehicle is not an expert and ignore the brake caliper service. Did you know that as per the recommendations of expert, it is necessary to service brake caliper after every two years or 40,000 Kms? Brake Caliper servicing is not a  typical brake service but is somewhat different from it.

What are Brake calipers,  and why they are important?

Brake calipers house the brake pads and, using brackets, pistons, and calipers side pins when help push the pads into the brake rotors when you apply the brake.

With the passage of time, the side pins that referred above use their lubrication and don’t slide the calipers well. With lack of lubrication, the following things start to happen;

  • That Brake’s don’t contact the rotor correctly; brake pads wear unevenly.
  • The side pin can get stuck. This causes the brake pad to continually contact the rotor and leading to heat buildup, resulting in faster wear and tear of brake pads
  • Brake stopping power of your vehicle may become weak due to the brake pads not hitting the full surface of the brake rotor.

All this results that we are not fully getting used to the brake pads and it is just like burning or throwing dollars away.

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How Brake Caliper service is undertaken

Before servicing the Brake caliper, the pressure in the anti-lock brake accumulator should be released by pumping the brake pedal till it gets hard or as specified in the service manual. After this bleeder screw should be loosened to allow old fluid to be flushed out of caliper bore. Any clogged bleeder screw must be removed for cleaning or replacement. It is cheaper to replacer sized caliper screw.

After reliving the caliper of the pressure, sized pistons be removed with caution by easing the piston from the bore by gently applying air pressure to the brake hose port while backing out the C-clamp screw.  Since piston surface seals the brake caliper, if the piston is pitted or scored, it is better to replace it.  Once the piston is installed, remove the caliper guide pins and lubricate them with caliper grease and apply thread-locking compound when the caliper bracket bolts are installed. It is better to always install new caliper hardware on the caliper bracket to prevent pad rattle and dampen pad squeal.

When the caliper is correctly serviced slide it smoothly on its guide pin or guide surfaces and should allow the rotor to turn freely when the brake pedal pressure is released. In case of caliper won’t release, the interior rubber of the brake hose might be peeling and blocking the fluid return to the master cylinder reservoir. Any misadjustment in master cylinder push rod or brake pedal height may be correctly adjusted, which is preventing master cylinder from releasing the fluid pressure from the caliper.

It is wise to visit the expert like Sterling clutch and Brake Auckland to get the assessment of your vehicles brakes calipers and get brake caliper replacement service in Auckland as per the recommendations of the manufacturer of the vehicle. You can also get clutch repair service in Hamilton and Brake pads replacement service in Wellington or call @ 09 636 4919. You can also contact us at http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz.