Replacement brakes for your passenger vehicle
Your brake pads and discs should be well maintained therefore giving you optimal wear life. Usually your brake should last you 25,000 to 30,000 kilometres. But this all depends on the material or compound and the bedding-in process of course.
Replacement brakes should always be fitted in pairs, meaning replacing brake pads and discs, left and right axle. In the case of budget you should at least have your discs skimmed by your nearest brake and clutch fitment centre. This ensures that the discs are back to an even surface which is an essential part for the pads to bed-in.
Your pads’ wear life are being severely compromised if you choose not to skim or replace your discs while replacing your pads. An uneven disc surface may lead to brake noise or squealing, less bite and as mentioned less wear life.
In some cases brakes can last even longer when one simply follow the manufacturers’ bedding-in instructions. For example EBC has their own instructions for bedding in pads for street use. You can read more here. You can also read more about bedding in new discs here.
5 General basic points
- Minimal pressure for first 150km with speeds of 80 kilometres per hour.
- Look that the pad surface sweeps (contact with disc – braking band) accross the entire disc width.
- Make a further 10 stops from 100kph to 20kph.
- Let brakes cool down to touch when parked.
- Remember new discs take longer to bed in. Read more.
Hope this helps you to get more value out of your new replacement brakes. Always make sure that you have a professional or qualified mechanic fit your brake pads and discs. Always follow the given bedding-in instructions and only fit the brakes suitable for your make and model.
Keep it safe on the road.