Remember how smooth your Porsche car can take you wherever you want to go and you will surely be delighted that you decided to own one. Every component in the car makes all of that possible. In time, things might change because of the wear and tear of such components. Like any other part of your car, you must maintain your Porsche brake pads in order to lengthen their life. Here is how you can do that.
Know More about the Basics
Typically, brake pads can last up to 80,000 kilometers (about 50,000 miles) in some whereas others will report the need to replace theirs even upon reaching 15,000 kilometers (approximately 10,000 miles) at the most. The length of time varies depending on how you drive, the weight of your vehicle, driving conditions, and on top of all those - the quality of your brake pads. These factors will make it difficult for you to know when it is time to replace them.
Change the Brake Pads Before they Damage the Rotors
The brake pads work alongside the rotors to help fulfill the function of stopping the vehicle whenever needed. You do not have to wait until such time that the brake pads will damage the rotors. If you do so, there is a higher price to pay considering that replacement should be made not just for the brake pads but for the rotors as well.
Follow a Regular Maintenance Cycle
Following a regular maintenance cycle means visiting a service shop where all the checks can be made not just on your brakes or brake pads but all other essential components of the car. You should never wait until such time that your car is old before you bring them to the shop for inspection and repair. You can always take the warning signs lighting up on the dashboard as an indicator to have them replaced.
Be Familiar with Possible Dangers
If you are aware of the possible dangers of not having your brake pads undergo regular maintenance, it will be easier for you to realize how important it is to have them maintained. Remember that thin brake pads will ruin the need for you to slow down or stop when the situation calls for it. This will bring risk to you and to others while also compromising the entire braking system.
Extremely thin brake pads can attack an important component of the disk brakes, the rotors. The rotors can be scratched when this is the case thus decreasing their functionality and effectiveness. Metal wear indicators can also compromise the surface of the rotor which will then result to damages on the rotor and the indicator.
At the worst, lack of maintenance can result to unexpected friction between the rotors and brake pads. This will diminish the lifespan of the brake fluid resulting from a phenomenon known as 'Vapor Lock'. Vapor Lock is one where the calipers and pads overheat thus resulting to boiling the oil or fluid. This will allow vapor to enter the system which will then lead to lesser breaking power.
Always make it a point that your vehicle is regularly maintained. Change whatever needs to be changed and do not wait until it is too late before you do your job.