Porsche brakes are exceptionally durable and have been known to last for over 90,000 miles. The length of time they will last depends on how you care for them, as well as your driving habits. Professional drivers and those who compete in races can burn their pads quickly. Below are some tips that will ensure your brakes last as long as possible.
Change Your Brake Fluid Periodically
It is essential to change your brake fluid periodically, which mechanics refer to as flushing or bleeding. This is especially important with older cars or those which are used. If the fluid is not changed the internal part of the system will rot. When the brake fluid is flushed the internal components will have greater longevity and the brakes will function better. Brake fluid by its very nature will attract water, and during emergency stops or after the brake has been applied repeatedly, the moisture will boil and over time will greatly reduce the effectiveness of the brakes. Furthermore, moisture leads to corrosion internally, which can damage the rubber seals.
Avoid Using Your Left Foot With A Brake Pedal
You should avoid using your left foot with a brake pedal. The reason for this is because when you brake with the right foot only, you will avoid pushing both the pedals simultaneously. Additionally, you will break the bad habit of making unneeded brake taps. Left foot braking should only be performed in races which are short in duration or when testing the maximum effort.
Keep Your Car As Light As Possible
Unless absolutely necessary, avoid carrying around more weight than you need to. While some may feel that weight doesn’t make a major difference, it does, especially when it comes to aftermarket parts such as wheels or tires. A vehicle that is heavy is one that will be harder on the brakes, tires and gas, so when making a purchase factor this into consideration.
Avoid High Speed Stops When Possible
Sudden stops from excessive speeds are the bane of brakes. For instance, stopping your Porsche from 60 mph instead of 50 mph will lead to brake dissipation which uses greater energy. The motion of the car is referred to as kinetic energy, which is determined by multiplying fifty percent of the weight of the car with the square for its speed. Brakes become worn by transforming energy so that it becomes heat. By stopping the car at lower speeds, this means that lower kinetic energy is used, which translates into less brake material that must be converted into heat.
Don’t Be Cheap When It Comes To Brake Replacement
Any attempt to extend the life of your brakes longer than necessary will cost more money than you will save. For instance, once metal comes into contact with metal frugality becomes a liability. When getting your tires rotated, take the time to inspect the thickness of the brake material. The thickness will tell you whether or not imminent replacement is necessary.