Tip of the week

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

Ma­ny mo­to­ris­ts al­low their bra­ke pads to al­most com­ple­te­ly we­ar out be­fo­re re­pla­cing them, but this is fal­se e­co­nomy. A bra­ke pad that is ex­ces­si­ve­ly worn is mo­re li­ke­ly to o­ver­he­at and f­a­de du­ring de­man­ding bra­king e­vents li­ke des­cen­ding a moun­tain pass.

Mo­re se­ri­ous­ly, the fricti­on ma­te­ri­al on the bra­ke mig­ht we­ar out com­ple­te­ly, re­sulting in the me­tal bra­ke pad backing co­ming in­to con­tact with the bra­ke disc.

Me­tal-on-me­tal con­tact ruins a bra­ke disc very ra­pid­ly and me­ans you will ha­ve to re­pla­ce not on­ly the bra­ke pads, but the dis­cs too, which can tre­ble the pri­ce of your bra­ke re­pla­ce­ment. Me­ta­lon-me­tal con­tact al­so dra­ma­ti­cal­ly re­du­ces bra­king ef­fi­cien­cy and can cau­se the car to pull to one si­de w­hen bra­king. Rat­her play sa­fe and re­pla­ce the bra­ke pads on­ce the fricti­on ma­te­ri­al has worn to three mil­li­me­tres to main­tain a good mar­gin of er­ror in t­he­se sa­fe­ty-cri­ti­cal i­tems.

Tip cour­te­sy of the Au­to­mo­bi­le As­so­ci­a­ti­on

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