The average life of brake pads is about 120,000km – 150,000km, equivalent to about 3 – 5 years of use. However, with frequently heavy-load cars, the driver presses the brake pedal continuously, and the brake pads will have a shorter life. The performance of the brake system plays an important role in the cars, deciding the level of safety when an unexpected incident occurs.
Therefore, car owners need to pay attention to changes in the brake system such as squeaking, and screeching when stepping on the brake pedal.
This is what should be done to make car brakes last longer
Make the gap with other vehicles when driving.
Driving too close to the vehicle in front is not only more dangerous but also is a major cause of faster-worn brakes. The more closely you follow another vehicle, the more often you have to use the brakes, even emergency braking. Therefore, make sure you have enough distance to make it easier to stop and reduce brake wear. You should do it at night or inclement weather. This not only reduces the risk of an accident but also increases the life of the brake.
Replace brake fluid.
To ensure that your brake system works effectively, it is essential to check and maintain the car’s brakes, especially changing the car brake fluid.
According to experts, brake fluid contains corrosion inhibitors and antioxidants. Over time, the structure of these substances breaks down, leading to metal corrosion and accumulation of deposits that disrupt the flow of brake fluid. Brake fluid is responsible for supporting the transmission of force from the brake pedal to the brake system components.
Don’t overload your vehicle.
Overloading any vehicle will alter its ability to stop and possibly damage the braking system. When you overload the vehicle, it will affect the speed of the brake pads and shoes that press on the rotating disc to stop the vehicle. Continuously overloading can result in damage to the rotating disc, which can lead to serious accidents and wear brake. Try to remove any unnecessary items and avoid carrying more than your vehicle can help your brake operate effectively.
Cool your brake.
Braking systems at high temperatures for long periods of time can degrade function or even damage components over time. That’s why brake cooling is so important. Braking will overheat in many situations, it can be after going downhill, driving on a winding road, or at high speed. Basically, whenever the brakes are applied at high speeds or repeatedly, your brakes become hot and transfer heat to components such as brake calipers, pads, rotors, and brake fluid.
How can we cool the brake system? You should drive at a reasonable speed (effectively 45mph) without using the brakes for an extended period of time, such as 3-5 minutes. The brake will automatically cool down. The air that flows over the rotors and around your brake calipers will effectively cool the brakes as long as they are not in use.
Use engine brake
Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of using engine braking. When going downhill, especially for large trucks, some of this weight tends to drag the vehicle down. Vehicles often accelerate unintentionally, braking is an inevitable need of drivers. Instead of pressing the brake pedal all the way, try braking the engine and let the engine do all the work!