FAQs— Lexus Brake Pad Set
- The Lexus brake pad set that I’ve purchased comes with a small sachet of graphite-based grease. What is it for?
Read the label on the packet or the instructions that come along with the kit to find out where and how to apply the grease. Most of the time, though, that graphite-based grease is applied on the clips of the new brake pads to prevent them from squeaking. With the grease applied, the clips allow the brake pads to easily and smoothly slide back and forth.
- I am installing a new set of brake pads on my Lexus. The problem is, I’ve just topped off the vehicle’s brake fluid two weeks ago. Do I need to suck out some of this fluid before proceeding with my DIY task?
It depends on the level of the remaining brake fluid, so you’d better check it before doing the brake pad replacement. It’s okay if the level is low, as long as it isn’t below the “MIN” mark. The fluid level will rise as you push the piston back—you just need to top it off as soon as you’ve installed the pads on both wheels. If the reservoir is almost full, you run the risk of brake fluid overflow, so you should suck up some of the fluid before you proceed with the installation.
- I read somewhere that brake discs can last two or three resurfacing. However, when I bought my ride to a mechanic for a brake pad replacement, I was told that the brake disc should also be replaced. Why is that so? I haven’t had the discs resurfaced even once.
It could be that your rotors/discs no longer have enough surface material to be shaved off, so it cannot be resurfaced. It’s also possible that the repair shop or mechanic is hesitant to do resurfacing because it takes time. Another reason is that it could be a lot easier for them to just install new rotors than have the old ones resurfaced. If you really want to try resurfacing, you can check your rotors and assess if they still have enough material left even after some has been shaved off.
- Are organic brake pads a good upgrade for my Lexus?
If you don’t do a lot of aggressive driving and your Lexus is light in weight, then organic brake pads will surely work best on it. Though they have lots of advantages, organic pads also have a downside, and that is they are softer, making them wear out faster. They also produce more brake dust as they wear. It is for these reasons that they aren’t a good choice for trucks and other heavy vehicles ,as well as for high-performance vehicles and race cars that usually do hard braking.
- Can you share some tips and natural ways on how I can make my newly installed Lexus brake pad set last longer?
One bad driving habit that can trim down the lifespan of the brake pads is stopping from high speed. So if you’re driving fast, make sure to give your ride enough time to slow down before applying the brakes and putting the vehicle on a complete stop. It’s also a good idea to use only your right foot when stepping on the brake pedal. This way, you can avoid simultaneously pushing both pedals. Know and memorize the places where drivers usually slow down inappropriately. Plan ahead so you can change lane if you are behind them. It’s also friendly on the brakes if you’ll rid your ride of unnecessary stuff so it will lose some weight. The heavier your vehicle is, the harder it is not just on the brakes but also on your tires.
- Which among the different types of brake pads—organic, semi-metallic, metallic, and synthetic—ensure the best stopping power?
Organic pads deliver the best stopping power. However, this stopping power also causes the pad material to wear out faster. It is for this reason that organic brake pads generally last the shortest period of time compared to other pad types.
- What external factors influence the braking efficiency of my Lexus?
The status and pressure of your vehicle’s tires say a lot about its braking efficiency. The condition of the road also affects your braking performance (asphalt roads grip better than other road types). The weather can also affects your ride’s ability to stop; that’s why you have to exercise caution when snow starts to fall on the road.