Your driving habits, general maintenance and a host of other factors can make your brake pads last anywhere between 60,000 and 150,000 km. Brake pad replacement can also cost you anywhere from 300 to 500 AED, so making sure they last long enough can save you some serious cash. Moreover, a good braking system also ensures that your car is properly maintained and has good resale value in case you decide to sell your car in Sharjah. Follow these tips by CarSwitch.com to extend the life of your brakes. Let’s get started!
1. Avoid speeding
One of the fastest ways to ruin your brakes is coming to an abrupt halt after speeding. Speed can cause your brake pads to wear down faster. For example, coming to a jery stop after 105 kph instead of 85 kph causes the brakes to lose around 33% more energy.
Brake pads work by transforming mechanical energy into heat. So, they become worn out quickly as they dissipate more energy. Slowing down a little bit can help save the wear and tear on your brake pads.
2. Avoid two-footed driving
If you have a habit of tapping your brake pedal with your foot, while also keeping your other foot on the accelerator, that is a bad habit. It can lead to a greater number of brake taps which can cause premature brake pad wear.
3. Keep the carload as light as you can
If you are someone who normally keeps a lot of heavy objects in the car, then consider lightening the load. A larger weight load means that pedals will have to halt to a greater load.
4. Coast to reduce speed
You should also pay attention to the traffic flow and the slowing or slowed down cars in front of you. “Coast” to slow down your speed as opposed to braking. Similarly, don’t be in a hurry to stop. If you see a red signal or a stop sign, start coasting and slow down. This will stop excessive weathering of your brake pads.
5. Flush your brakes after every 2 to 3 years
While the timing of the brake flushing varies by the condition of your car and the type of used car that you are driving, it’s recommended that you flush your brakes around every 2 years.
Since brake fluid naturally attracts moisture, emergency or repeated brake use can make the moisture boil and reduce the effectiveness of braking.
Following these tips can hopefully eke out more life out of your brakes while keeping them in better shape too. A properly maintained car also saves you a good chunk of money in the long run.