The Porsche brake pad is like no other car part. It gives its life to save yours. It succumbs to wear and tear and eventually gives in. You then have to replace it. Fail to replace it and you risk your life and that of your loved ones inside your Porsche. So how do you know it’s time to replace your Porsche brake pads? How long do the brake pads last?
Typical Porsche Wear
The wear and tear factor on your Porsche brake pads depends on several factors. Key among these factors includes your personal driving habits as well as your mileage. For instance, city drivers use the brakes more often as compared to drivers commuting on freeways. Keep in mind though that although city driving involves a regular application of brakes, average speed use hardly ever causes as much wear as heavy braking from high speeds. One also has to take into account the fact that congested highways always call for regular and sudden braking. All these factors contribute to disc warping. You will therefore have to replace your Porsche brake pads more often than your friend who hardly drives within the city.
Rear And Front Brake Pads
Front brake pads always wear off faster than rear brake pads. That’s because they handle more and sudden weight transfer during braking. The weight of the car and whatever it is carrying wants to keep on moving forward when the brake pads apply sudden force to the discs to slow down the vehicle. The weight is therefore transferred forward each time the pads are put to use. They end up wearing out quicker and faster compared to rear pads.
On average front brake pads can last for up to 60 miles. Do not worry though if they squeak the first couple of times. The squeaking will most likely be from rust forming on the rotors. Be keen though if the squeaking happens every time you step on the brake pedal. That is usually a sign that the brake pads need to be replaced. Then remember that sometimes squeaks can be caused by excess pad material that has not worn off.
You probably haven’t thought about it yet but your wheel lugs can easily determine how long your brake pads will last. The lugs should always be torqued to the accurate specifications. Screw them too tight and before you know it, the lugs will warp rotors and damage brake pads.
What To Do
There is so much you can do to make sure your brake pads last longer. Keep your speed low or average all the time. Braking from high speeds will most likely shorten the lifespan of your brake pads. Then avoid ‘two footing’. Use your left foot on the brake pedal and you will have to brake more than you have to. Another vital tip would be to stay as further away from other cars as possible while on a highway. This will reduce the chances of sudden braking which wears off brake pads.