FAQs—Chevrolet Brake Disc and Pad Kit
- Can you give me some driving tips that could help make my pads and rotors last longer so I could do away with frequent Chevrolet brake disc and pad kit purchase?
The very fist things you need to eliminate if you want your brake to last longer are your bad driving habits. Avoid over speeding and tailgating so you won’t be forced to do hard braking. Giving your brakes enough room to properly decelerate is a friendly act for both your pads and your rotors. Frequent stop-and-go driving should also be avoided as it can cause too much stress on your brake components. Aggressive driving is also a no-no.
- I’m purchasing a new Chevy truck for towing and transporting heavy loads as I’m now running a moving business. I’m torn between air brakes and hydraulic brakes. Which brake system is better for the task I’m using the truck for?
Hydraulic brakes are commonly used in vehicles with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of up to 26,000-lbs. They work well for rides where the duty cycle isn’t too demanding, like for van delivery trucks. Hydraulic brakes also do well in stop-and-go city traffic where the vehicle runs at normal speed. Air brakes, on the other hand, are for trucks with 26,000 to 33,000 lbs GVWR or larger, so they are more advisable for heavy towing applications. Before you choose one, determine first the truck’s GVWR, plus its maximum weight capacity, and compare the result with the GVWR the brakes are designed for.
- My Chevy’s been with me for several years now and so far, it hasn’t given me any serious problem. Lately, however, I noticed that I need to exert more effort when pressing down the brakes to make them function completely. Could this be a sign of a brake problem?
Yes. That’s actually the first sign of brake pad wear. Don’t take that too lightly because that means your brakes are now in need of more pressure to carry out the same stopping operation. Have you brakes checked as soon as possible, particularly if your vehicle is always fully loaded. If necessary, get a new Chevrolet brake disc and pad kit.
- I noticed a pungent burning smell every time I step on the brakes. Is that a sign that I need a new Chevrolet brake disc and pad kit now?
That burning smell coming from the tires of your Chevy is an indication of a brake problem, and the best solution for that is brake inspection to find out which component needs servicing or replacement. That pungent smell isn’t normal and could have hazardous consequences if you continue driving your ride without having the brakes checked.
- Do the clutter and the luggage inside my ride have something to do with its braking efficiency?
While they don’t directly affect how the brakes operate, the things you put in your cabin and luggage compartment add extra weight to your vehicle, so they somehow have an impact on the lifespan and efficiency of your brakes. Make it a habit to de-clutter your ride and take away whatever you don’t need for your trip. By getting rid of this extra weight, you are also sparing your brake disc and pads from added stress.
- I drive carefully and rarely stop short. The last time I did, I noticed that the vehicle bounced up and down. What could be causing this? Is this a brake problem?
That’s an indication that the vehicle shock absorbers may now need replacement. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore the brakes. Inspect the brakes along with the suspension system and make sure any problem you discover will be fixed immediately.
- My Chevy has been producing grinding noise whenever I depress the brake pedal. Is this a sign that I already need a new Chevrolet brake disc and pad kit?
Yes. The problem could be too severe that you need to slowly find you way to a brake repair shop or to your garage for a brake inspection. Driving your ride continuously even with such problem could bring heavy damage to your brake drums or disc. That grinding noise is caused by brake linings that are seriously worn out—it is produced as the metal part of the brake pad gets in contact with the brake disc or drum.
FAQs—Chevrolet Brake Disc and Pad Kit
- How do I know when I need to buy a new brake disc and pad kit?
If when you brake, you hear chirping, growling, screeching, or grinding noises, then it's about time for you to take your car to a mechanic to have the brakes inspected. Take note that front brakes average about 30,000 miles before breaking down.
It could be under 30,000 miles for hilly area or in the city, where stop-and-go driving is the norm. Because the brake disc or rotor is a caliper-based brake, once your brake assembly makes noises, it might be a sign that the disc calipers are looser than usual.
- Are all brake discs or rotors the same?
As with any other product, price changes affect disc quality. Premium discs, for example, are better equipped at consistent safe braking, longer life span, less noise, and more dependability than the average rotor. Many factors can account in the disparity of performance between different discs, particularly when it comes to properly designing vane configurations.
When it comes to comparing a topnotch disc versus an economy disc, you'll quickly see that cheaper discs tend to take your Chevy brake system below manufacturer specifications when critically tested. Research shows that you can reduce noise by 50% and extend pad life by 25%.
- I've heard that cross-drilled rotors are prone to cracking. Are cross-drilled rotors prone to problems?
When cross-drilled brake discs first came into market, many people preferred slotted rotors thanks to the initial problems caused by the new product, particularly its tendency to crack. Quite frequently, the holes on the rotors were drilled too big, resulting in non-chamfered, no-radius holes that penetrated cooling vanes. Slotted rotors have better structural integrity and toughness.
With that said, cross-drilled rotors for brake disc replacements are always recommended by sellers unless structural integrity is a primary concern. Slotted rotors were developed in reaction to the detriments of cross-drilled rotors, but they don't help dissipate hot gases in the same dependable degree that cross-drilled equipment does.
- Do I need to use the same friction on the rear brake as on the front brake of my Chevy?
It depends. Front and rear braking has many different configurations, so as a rule of thumb you should check on your user manual or online what your specific make and model of Chevy car's best braking calibration is.
Usually, you'll get organic 9-10-inch rears and metallic 12-inch front pads, with fronts running at 800-1,000 PSI and rears at 400 PSI or less. More often than not, shops will recommend mismatched friction ratings favoring front wheels because more cars out there are 2WD rather than 4WD.
- Will a cross-drilled Chevy brake disc solve my rotor warping?
Possibly. Cross-drilled brake discs were made specifically to reduce rotor temperature. In turn, high temperatures are what cause discs to warp and become misshapen, the metal reaching a melting point and thusly losing its shape integrity. On the other hand, warped rotors aren't only caused by extreme temperature changes from a high-friction environment.
You can also get increased pad wear and disc warpage when your floating caliper constantly rides on one side of the rotor. To fix this tendency, you should have the guide pins greased up every time the brake disc or pads are replaced. Extreme pressure and misalignment can also cause a warped disc, so simply getting a cross-drilled product won't necessarily solve your problems.