How To Reduce Auto Break Wear

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Since the brake system is one of the most important car systems, it follows that you should do everything possible to reduce the wear and tear of your brakes. Here are a few ways of doing this:

Avoid the Habit of Sharp Braking

Sharp braking is the practice of stomping on the brake pedal without slowing down the car first. Ideally, you should anticipate stops and slow down the car so that you can brake at reasonably slow speeds. This is because sharp braking requires more braking force or power than gradual braking at low speeds. When you step on the brake pedal at high speeds, the wheels are still turning at high speeds and it takes more friction force to slow them down and stop them. This increases the rate of wear and tear of the different parts of the brake system, including the pads and rotors.

Don't Overload Your Car

The required braking power isn't just a function of the car's speed; the weight of the car is also significant. This is because when you depress the brake pedal to stop the car, you are stopping the momentum of everything the car was hauling forward. If the car has too much weight, then it will require a greater braking power to stop it. Don't forget that all cars have their recommended load capacity; don't exceed this capacity if you don't want to damage not only the brake but also other parts of the car including the suspension system.

Maintain the Brake System

All parts of the car require regular maintenance if they are to last a long time. When it comes to the brake system, here are some of the maintenance practices to deploy:

  • Ensure the brake fluid cylinder is always full so as to avoid unnecessary strain on the brake system
  • Inspect the brakes regularly for signs of damage, such as scratches on the pads, that may increase friction and accelerate wear
  • Flush the brake fluid as advertised because it degrades and contaminates with continued use

Install the Right Brakes

Lastly, you should replace damaged brake pads with the right parts if you don't want them to wear prematurely. When replacing brake pads, brake rotors and other hardware, ensure the replacement cars are rated for your cars because the weight, speed and size of your car determine the nature of the hardware it should get. Install the wrong hardware and they may be overwhelmed by the demands your car places on them and experience accelerated wear.

If you have any questions about the wear on your brake pads, contact a company like Heritage Auto Pro.

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