The two main components that cause friction in your braking system are the brake discs and brake pads. Sharing some advice with your customer on how to look after these two components will go a long way toward preserving the life of their braking system.
Regular servicing and the use of quality parts such as brake pads, brake ﬂuid, brake cleaner and lubricant will certainly extend and preserve the lifespan of your brakes.
While brake wear is inevitable, how you use your brakes can increase the lifespan of your brakes. With careful use and avoiding excessive braking wear rates will reduce along with the number of costly repairs.
Maintenance and Replacement:
Brake pads will wear at a predictable rate under normal driving conditions, but under certain conditions like towing, this wear can be extreme. The Bendix Brake Wear Indicator is designed to make identifying worn brake pads easy. With a white wear line indicator printed on the side of Bendix brake pads you can see at a glance when you are due for a replacement.
Most brake ﬂuids are hydroscopic, which means they absorb moisture, over time as the brakes heat and cool condensate can contaminate the ﬂuid. Regular testing and ﬂushing of the vehicle’s brake ﬂuid during servicing will also help preserve brake components and minimise the risk of corrosion.
Avoid Riding Brakes
Some drivers have the habit of riding their brakes, especially when driving down steep hills. The more pressure people place on their brakes, the quicker they wear down their brake pads. Rather than ride the brakes, vehicles with manual transmissions can shift down a gear, allowing the engine to slow the vehicle. Drivers can also release the accelerator when descending hills and apply brakes in short spurts to slow the vehicle down. This reduces friction and heat that causes wear and tear on brake pads.
Unload the car
We are all guilty of leaving things in the car even though we don’t need them because we just can’t be bothered to unload them at the other end or ﬁnd a permanent place for them to live. However, the heavier the car is, the more strain it puts on your brake pads. Regularly driving around with far more weight in the car than is necessary could dramatically reduce the lifespan of your brake pads. Simply by taking those unnecessary items out of the boot and ﬁnding them a permanent home could make a real difference. It may be a minor inconvenience to move them but it will pay off in the long run.