FAQs—Lexus Brake Disc and Pad Kit
- How do I know that my Lexus brake disc and pad already need replacements?
The braking system itself is equipped with indicators that make pad wear very easy to notice. When the pads have already worn down to the point that the sensor contacts the disc, the system will squeal. If you continue to drive several miles more without having the pads replaced, the disc will soon get scored or warped. If the damage with the disc can no longer be resolved by having it refinished, a new Lexus brake disc and pad kit will be necessary. If your disc is still good, but the pads are glazed or contaminated with grease or oil, you only need to buy new set of pads.
- How can I extend the service life of my new Lexus brake disc and pad kit?
Your driving habits greatly affect the life of your disc and pads. Riding the brakes as well as sudden or braking too often can wear the pads fast. Aggressive driving or running too fast shortens the life of your brake pads as well. This is because the pads are more stressed-out in creating the braking power that is as strong as the accelerating power so as for the car to effectively stop. Significantly, you need to change your driving habits. And, of course, make sure to have the entire braking system regularly maintained, especially before going for a long ride.
- What are the types of brake pads that won't wear my disc fast?
One thing to keep in mind is the dust created by a certain type of brake pad. If it produces less dust, it also causes less disc wear. Ceramic type of brake pads is known for this. Also consider the stress that the pads can give to the disc because of the material from which they are made of. Organic type of brake pads, for example, is made of natural fibers such as carbon and rubber that are both friendlier on the disc. Brake pads with low-metallic formulas wear down the disc considerably slower than those with higher metallic content. EBC and racing pads, for instance, wear down the disc faster due to the more durable elements incorporated in them as with the case of the metallic compounds of semi-metallic brake pads.
- Why do my Lexus'brakes pulsate in non-emergency situation? And what effect would it cause the braking system?
Brakes pulsate normally during emergency braking, but when it occurs in non-emergency braking, the most probable cause is that you have been stopping too often or used to hitting the brake pedal even when it is not necessary. Remember that pulsating brake pedal often occurs due to excessive lateral run-out resulting from overheating that is caused by brake overuse. And since the brakes overheat, you are most likely to need new Lexus brake disc and pad kit too often.
- What is that burning smell from my brakes?
Burning smell in the brakes is a result of overheating commonly caused by sticky brakes. Unfortunately, many drivers would only notice this when the brakes already emit a burning smell. Excessively worn-down brake pads can also result in brake overheating. Good thing newer vehicles have pad wear sensors that activate the Replace Brake Pads light on the dashboard to let the driver know of the oncoming overheating and other brake problems.