How to Extend the Life of Your Audi Brake Pad Set
There are many reasons why your Audi brake pad set can prematurely fail. It can be due to the type of the material of the pads. If it is soft or doesn't match your vehicle's stopping needs, expect early failure. When installation wasn't done correctly, brake pads can also wear fast. But most of the time, the driving habits force them to become unexpectedly unserviceable. Being aware of these unhealthy driving habits and attentively watchful of signs of damage will greatly help extend the life of your Audi's brake pad set, and thus, help you save money due to untimely replacement.
Observe pads and braking performance
- Regular visual inspection
If you regularly check on your brakes, you are able to see the real condition of every single part of the braking system. You can particularly detect problems that can hasten the life of the brake pads through visual inspection, allowing you to make the necessary adjustments and be able to fix the problem early on. This way, you are able to extend the life of the Audi brake pad set. Some wheels have slots that enable you to visually inspect the brakes.
Note that when the thickness of your brake pad is less than a quarter of an inch or when the wear indicator has disappeared, replacement is already needed.
- Watch for abnormal changes
Proper maintenance does not limit you to visual inspection. In fact, maintenance is more effective when you are more watchful of the abnormal change while you are driving and applying the brakes. Poor stopping power, for instance, can be an indication of a glitch in the other brake parts that may lead to premature brake pad wearing. When you are watchful of these abnormal changes, you won't have to wait until replacement indicators, such as vibration on the pedal and steering wheel, is felt before checking the system.
- Don't ignore braking noise
Another brake pad problem indicator is the noise caused by dust build up, lubricant contamination, and rotor damage. Do not mistakenly think of this as the same as squealing, because the latter indicates worn brake pads.
Improve driving and braking habits
There are people who are too eager to make sure they step on the right pedal when braking need comes, so they ride the brakes. This, however, has a very bad effect on the brake pads. It continuously wears down the pads without it able to perform its function properly. Driving too fast also wears down the pads faster. This is because fast acceleration requires stronger braking power which means more heat and pressure that the pads have to endure. Avoid these unhealthy braking habits and expect your Audi brake pad set to serve you longer.
Sudden braking affects the brake pads just as high speeding does. So when you know that you need to stop, perhaps when approaching intersections, traffic lights, and schools or any similar high-traffic places, change to lower gear already and slowly depress on the brake pedal.
Pagid Brake Pad Set
Pagid brake pads are made to live up to, if not exceed, the winning standards of the world's top sports car manufacturers. The brand's brake pad set boasts of its powder coat finish, which provides strong protection against corrosion. This special layer of reinforcement helps in prolonging the life span of the brake pads. Underneath the superior covering is an under-layer of materials that are proven to give heat barrier resistance and superior shear strength. Each brake pad is equipped with more than 20 kinds of special materials, which are guaranteed to prevent noise every time the driver steps on the brake pedal. It also has the ability to reduce the risk of causing cracks on the surface of the brake rotors. The semi-metallic material of the brake pad helps it withstand the highest of temperatures and the harshest of driving conditions. This makes it the perfect match for users who are very active in professional car racing events. Pagid brake pads are sold in sets of two.
Akebono Brake Pad Set
The Akebono brake pad line is designed using the latest trends in brake pad technology. Its ceramic material is perfect for street use because of its health-friendly, asbestos-free composition. Aside from mimicking and enhancing the European vehicles' stopping power in normal and crucial instances, Akebono brake pads also boast of their ability to eliminate noise and dust produced when braking. Because these pads are made to perfectly fit specific vehicle makes and models, they foster excellent function and brake disc compatibility. This feature also extends the life spans of both the brake pad and the brake rotor by almost 80%. Unlike other pads, Akebono brake pads do not require break-ins or pad bedding. They also clean the wheels while providing a more consistent pedal feel for the user. These brake pads come with free shims and are sold in sets of 2. The product is backed by a limited warranty for a period 12 months or 12,000 miles.
EBC Brake Pad Set
Aside from the EBC brand name, this line of superior quality brake pads is supported by a long list of features that makes it one of the top choices for brake pad replacements. First on its list is the special layer of powder coating that provides the pads with a lifetime protection against rust accumulation and corrosion caused by road debris. It also has the special EBC break-in surface, which allows swift and easy pad break-ins. The EBC brake pads take pride in their pre-fitted anti-noise shims that foster an ultra-quiet braking performance. Its unique beveled edges are responsible for lessening brake whine and preventing edge lifting. To avoid cracks and damages due to extreme heat, Ultimax brake pads are equipped with center-line slots and edge chamfers. The combination of metallic components and synthetic aramid fibers enhances brake pad bite, eliminates vibration, and extends brake pad life. This semi-metallic composition is perfect for both race track and street use. EBC brake pads are sold in 2-wheel sets with free shims and are covered by a 12-month or 10,000-mile manufacturer warranty.