Brakes are one of the most important components of a vehicle and when they need replacing, using new or spare parts could save your life. Maintenance is important too – as long as you take care of your brakes, your brakes will take care of you.
The rule of thumb is that a robust set of brakes and rotors will give you issue-free braking for around 65,000km. As replacing brakes can be a few hundred dollars, it’s best to check out the spare parts in NZ to see if any good quality brakes will do the job at a fraction of the cost.
Here are a few things you can do to make sure your brakes live a long life.
1. Avoid Braking Suddenly at High Speeds
This causes a huge amount of wear on the brakes and is very likely to cause them to fail sooner rather than later. At any time you notice the car starting to shake at around 90km/h – this is usually a sign of wear.
Ensure your brakes are smooth and try to apply gentle pressure when driving – a strong foot is unpleasant for both the brakes and passengers.
2. Routinely Clean the Discs
The discs and rotors are prone to rust and can prematurely wear out the braking system. Keeping the discs clean will save you from issues down the line. This does not require disassembly of the car – just take the vehicle down for routine maintenance.
Most times the discs will be cleaned during a routine dust removal or tire rotation. It’s very standard for this to be done during a car service.
3. Changing the Brake Fluid
Depending on the make and model of the car, the frequency of brake fluid changing will be different. Most of the time, it’s recommended to be at least once every four years.
When the brake fluid is low it’s common to notice the following signs:
- ABS activating when it didn’t previously
- Harder to push the brake pedal
- Vibrating brake pedal
- Screechy braking
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs water while in the hoses and pipes of the braking system. The more water that gets in, the easier it is to boil. Overheating becomes more common and can damage your braking ability.
Replacing the Brakes
Even with effective and cautious maintenance of the brakes, it’s likely a replacement will be required. It is recommended that brakes are replaced when the following issues arise:
- Screeching noise from the brakes. This is from a small metallic attachment placed at the brake pad to indicate the brake pad has an issue.
- A quarter-inch or less of the brake pad. This is the friction material on the brake pad or shoe.
- Loud metallic growling. A sign that your brake pad has faded away and the brake is now grinding the discs or drums.
- Indicator lights. Some vehicles come equipped with indicators to inform the drive that the brake pads may need replacing.
If the brake parts within the system have weakened, then replacement parts must be found. Sourcing spare parts in Auckland doesn’t have to cost significant amounts of money. Second-hand car parts in Auckland can be sourced at Dodson Autospares.
At Dodson Autospares, we sell spare new and used car parts in Auckland. When you require affordable auto parts, give us a call.
We hold an extensive range of Japanese car parts and anything we don’t have, we make an extensive effort to track down any part that you need at the best possible price. Regardless of brand, we have Toyota parts, Nissan parts, Honda parts, VW parts and Suzuki parts in Auckland. Purchase new and second-hand car parts, especially Japanese car parts, in Auckland New Zealand from Dodson Autospares.