SHORT BRAKE-DISC LIFE
I bought a Nissan NP200 two years ago and recently took it for its second service at 21 000 km. Later, I received a phone call from the dealer to inform me the front discs and pads needed to be replaced and that would cost an additional R3 800 over and above the standard service. I told them not to replace them, as I cannot believe the discs were finished after only 21 000 km. I don’t have a problem replacing the pads but surely you shouldn’t have to replace discs every time you replace pads?
I phoned the Nissan customer care number and explained to it is not acceptable to replace the discs five times over a 100 000 km period. According to Nissan, this is normal wear and tear influenced by driving style and cycle. ALMERO DU PISANI Pretoria
Nissan has a point regarding driving style and cycle, because both elements impact the lifespan of such components, but 21 000 km does sound like too short a distance.
If you’re sure driving style and cycle are not to blame, it would be best to determine why Nissan wants to replace the discs. Com- pare the discs’ thickness to those of new ones, as well as the recommended minimum specification. Also check for any excessive ridges on the outer edge of the discs. If all is within specification, there is no need to change the discs. If those parts are indeed worn down to a level where they are a safety hazard (and the drive style and cycle are not to blame), it may point to a manufacturer defect with the parts. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to prove a manufacturer has been negligent in its construction of wear-and-tear components.