The Audi brake rotors are primary components in the brake system, the surface upon which the brake pads are pressed to create the friction that slows and stops the motion of the vehicle wheels. The brake pads are squeezed against the Audi rotors by the caliper when the brake pedal is depressed inside the vehicle, and are released from the surface when the pedal is let back up, allowing the vehicle to move. Audi brake rotors are generally made of cast iron, and are used on most vehicles in production today, although some still are equipped with drum brakes in the back wheels. There are several variations of Audi brake rotors depending upon the type of vehicle and its use. The most common type of Audi brake rotors, standard in most models, are the ventilated rotors that are cast with fins in the center joining the two contact surfaces to aid in cooling. There are high performance Audi rotors that are drilled with a number of small holes in the surface for better cooling and to enable more efficient shedding of water from the surface. Slotted Audi brake rotors are also high performance parts that use shallow channels in the surface for better shedding of used brake material from the pads. We have a selection of quality Audi brake rotors in our user-friendly online catalog, all at great low prices. Our site has live help, happy to assist with any questions. Our site is secure and well organized, making it fast and safe to order your Audi brake rotors or if you prefer to order by phone, our toll-free phone line is available to take your order just as conveniently.
How to Extend the Life of Your Audi Brake Pad Set
There are many reasons why your Audi brake pad set can prematurely fail. It can be due to the type of the material of the pads. If it is soft or doesn't match your vehicle's stopping needs, expect early failure. When installation wasn't done correctly, brake pads can also wear fast. But most of the time, the driving habits force them to become unexpectedly unserviceable. Being aware of these unhealthy driving habits and attentively watchful of signs of damage will greatly help extend the life of your Audi's brake pad set, and thus, help you save money due to untimely replacement.
Observe pads and braking performance
- Regular visual inspection
If you regularly check on your brakes, you are able to see the real condition of every single part of the braking system. You can particularly detect problems that can hasten the life of the brake pads through visual inspection, allowing you to make the necessary adjustments and be able to fix the problem early on. This way, you are able to extend the life of the Audi brake pad set. Some wheels have slots that enable you to visually inspect the brakes.
Note that when the thickness of your brake pad is less than a quarter of an inch or when the wear indicator has disappeared, replacement is already needed.
- Watch for abnormal changes
Proper maintenance does not limit you to visual inspection. In fact, maintenance is more effective when you are more watchful of the abnormal change while you are driving and applying the brakes. Poor stopping power, for instance, can be an indication of a glitch in the other brake parts that may lead to premature brake pad wearing. When you are watchful of these abnormal changes, you won't have to wait until replacement indicators, such as vibration on the pedal and steering wheel, is felt before checking the system.
- Don't ignore braking noise
Another brake pad problem indicator is the noise caused by dust build up, lubricant contamination, and rotor damage. Do not mistakenly think of this as the same as squealing, because the latter indicates worn brake pads.
Improve driving and braking habits
There are people who are too eager to make sure they step on the right pedal when braking need comes, so they ride the brakes. This, however, has a very bad effect on the brake pads. It continuously wears down the pads without it able to perform its function properly. Driving too fast also wears down the pads faster. This is because fast acceleration requires stronger braking power which means more heat and pressure that the pads have to endure. Avoid these unhealthy braking habits and expect your Audi brake pad set to serve you longer.
Sudden braking affects the brake pads just as high speeding does. So when you know that you need to stop, perhaps when approaching intersections, traffic lights, and schools or any similar high-traffic places, change to lower gear already and slowly depress on the brake pedal.