The wear which is placed on Porsche brake pads will be determined by a number of factors, including your mileage and driving style. For instance, those who frequently drive in urban areas will use the brakes more frequently than drivers that spend a great deal of time on freeways.
While urban driving involves more frequent usage of brakes, the lower speeds won’t create the same amount of wear as braking frequently from a higher speed. As such, the congested freeways which are common in many metropolitan areas are the primary culprit, and typically promote heavy braking which over time is likely to cause both brake judder and the warping of the disc.
Front versus Rear Brake Pads
Oftentimes, the brake pads in front will wear out faster than the rear pads. The reason for this is because the front pads handle a much greater transfer of weight when braking. The car’s weight wants to maintain the forward movement while the brakes will apply force on the discs so that it slows down. Since the weight is continually transferred forward every time your brake pads are used, they will wear out much faster.
Managing Your Wheel Lugs
The manner in which the wheel lugs are managed will affect the brake pads, positively or negatively. A general rule of thumb is to keep your wheel lugs torqued for the proper specs, because if they are screwed on too tight the rotors may become warped which can damage the pads along with other components.
Understanding Brake Wear
Managing brake wear is a science that is indeterminate. Sometimes a vehicle can go seventy thousand miles without requiring a great deal of maintenance, while in other cases a vehicle will require a change after twenty five thousand miles. The vehicle type, manner in which it is used and you’re driving habits will determine brake pad longevity. As such, front brake pads on most Porsche models will last between 30,000 and 60,000 miles.
If you notice the brakes squeaking, this typically means that rust is beginning to form within the rotors, which is common after a while, and is an indicator that the brake pads probably need to be replaced. At the very least you should have them inspected. There are times when squeaks are the result of too much pad material which has not yet worn off, rather than the deterioration of the pads themselves.
How To Maximize Brake Pad Longevity
To ensure your brake pads last as long as possible, you will want to maintain lower speeds since high speed braking will wear out the pads rapidly. Second, avoid using your left foot for braking, as this will require greater brake use which will contribute to wear. Third, get into the habit of coasting to your stop farther back, instead of waiting to brake suddenly. Finally, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles so you lower the chance of sudden braking, and keep the car’s weight as low as possible so your brakes won’t have to manage the heavier load.