Ford Taurus Brake Disc
Ford Taurus Brake Disc Care and Maintenance Tips
Because it relies on friction to work, the brake disc is expected to wear and tear over time, thus replacement is necessary. But how long before you change the discs on your car depends largely on how well these are maintained. And in this guide, we will share with you some tips on how to care for and maintain the Ford Taurus brake disc.
- Avoid braking too hard.
One of the simplest ways you can extend the service life of the brake disc is by being gentle on the brake pedal. Hard, sudden braking can cause both the brake disc and brake pads to overheat, which in turn can lead to a handful of brake-related problems including a pulsating brake pedal to “blued” discs. If overheating occurs often, the brake disc can warp or crack.
- Clean up any impurities with brake cleaner.
Dirt, mud, and excessive brake dust can prevent the brake disc from engaging properly with the brake pads, resulting in a weaker braking profile. But washing the disc clean with soap and water will do more harm than good. Instead, you will need to use brake cleaner to wash the disc. Often sold in spray cans, brake cleaner is specially designed to remove contaminants from the disc without making it slippery or drying it out.
To clean the disc, simply spray the cleaner directly on the surface. You can choose to either let the disc dry on its own or wipe it off with a clean cloth. Make sure to wear some protective gloves and a respirator when you spray, as brake cleaner contains toxic chemicals that are harmful if inhaled or touched with bare hands.
- Switch to ceramic or NAO brake pads.
Your car's brake pads can also affect the service life of the brake discs. Metallic brake pads, which typically come in stock with the Ford Taurus, tend to be harsh on the brake disc surface. On the other hand, ceramic or non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads do less damage to the disc surface as well as provide a quieter operation. These pads do tend to cost much more than metallic brake pads, however, but they are a better choice in the long run.