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Porsche Boxster Brake Pads

Common Reasons Behind Underperforming Porsche Boxster Brake Pads

If your vehicle's braking power has suddenly become less efficient, check the brake pads for signs of wear and tear. The brake pads are the most consumable part of your braking system, so constant replacement may cause some change in braking quality. Driving 70,000 miles is already a mark for you to check if your brake pads are worn, and if you drive challenging roads and assault bad weather conditions, this number will definitely be lower. Here are some of the problems you should check in order to confirm if your Porsche Boxster brake pads are compromising your car's braking power:

Dusting

If you have been noticing that your tires accumulate a lot of dust even if you are not driving on dusty roads, the culprit is probably the dust produced by your brake pads. Some brake pads produce more dust than others, so it is better to try out different brands in order to get the one with the least dust production. Too much dust can lead to other braking problems, such as brake noise and decreased pad-rotor friction. Thus, the best way to solve this problem is to experiment on using various brake pad types that will complement your braking habits.

Overheating

You will know if you are using low-quality brake pads if they start to become soft after exposure to too much heat. Brake pads are crafted to withstand friction-created heat, but some brake pads are not really tough against extremely high level of heat. One way to solve the problem is by flushing the brake fluid out and refilling the piston with fresh fluid. Unchanged fluid becomes hot faster after a few stops, so you need to replace the old fluid in order to release pressure and help the pads stay at a tolerable heat level longer. Lubricating the rotor, piston, and caliper will also ease resistance and decrease pressure-induced heat.

Brake noise

Brake noise can only be caused by the lack of pad material on the brake pads. When the pad runs out, the metal backing plate takes a full contact with the rotor and creates a squeaking noise. This metal-to-metal friction should be an immediate reason for brake pad replacement, because delaying it will just be more expensive in the long run since the rotor will need to be fixed as well due to metal damage.

Brake vibration

Rotor run-out or axis misalignment causes brake vibration, which is also called shimmy or judder. Using a run-out gauge, check if the run-out of your rotor is not more than 0.004 inches or 0.1 mm. If you get a higher number in the gauge, it means that a thin spot has been worn on the rotor's surface; this thin spot causes the rotor to nudge on the pad every time the brake is not applied and the car is being driven. The only quick fix to this problem is machining the rotor to make the wear even.

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  • Not-so Secrets to Keeping Your Porsche Boxster Brake Pads in Good Condition 04 March 2014

    A tandem of friction and heat is not a good condition for anything to get subjected to, but your brake pads withstand this in order to stop your vehicle pronto. Thus, it just makes sense that you pamper them somehow and prevent the metal backing plate from giving you the replacement signal. You can prevent the fast wearing of your Porsche Boxster brake pads if you take care of them enough using these tips:

    • Change the brake fluid.
    • Brake fluids need to be changed yearly. By doing this routine, you can prevent moisture from getting trapped inside the piston. Fluid mixed with moisture will boil if it gets to the calipers, thus cooking the brake pads and causing them to soften. Non-metallic brake pads are more susceptible to this pressure-induced heat. Your brake pads already experience enough heat from friction, so it is not a good practice to expose them to further pressure. Of course, you can change your brake fluid earlier. A milky brake fluid color is a perfect sign that it needs to be sucked out and changed.
    • Inspect the pads.
    • The only way for you to see if the pads are still looking good is to inspect them visually. You need to remove the tires to do this. Do not let the metal backing plate of the brake pads touch the surface of the rotor, for this will ensue to expensive service maintenance. A remaining 1/8-inch thickness means that the component must be replaced. Usually, 30,000 to 35,000 miles of running will require a pad replacement, but this is still dependent on several factors like driving habits, pad material, and transmission type.
    • Inspect the rotors.
    • Since the rotor is always in contact with the pads, it is equally important to keep them in top condition. Make sure that the rotor is not warped, cracked, rusted, or scarred-any of these signs calls for an immediate replacement. A rotor with any damage will wear out the pads prematurely and unevenly, not to mention compromising the performance of the entire braking system.
    • Break in the pads upon installation.
    • Breaking in the pads, or imprinting their contact on the rotor, is a good way to ensure their longevity and performance. Make sure to do this on a low-traffic highway so that you will not be forced to panic stop.