The luxurious Land Rover is the choice vehicle for all of your off-roading thrills. No matter the adventure, you expect your Land Rover to showcase its strength, durability, and enhanced features each and every time you take it for a spin.
Because of the rough road conditions the car often has to endure, premature brake wear is a common occurrence in Land Rovers. But no worries. In this article, we’ll discuss your vehicle’s brakes and why they wear out, the signs that they’re wearing out prematurely, and the solutions for easy repair and maintenance.
What Causes Your Brakes to Wear Out
A general and commonly accepted rule of thumb from most auto mechanics is that your vehicle’s brake pads should be changed every 30,000 to 70,000 miles. The primary function of the brake pad is to slow the tires down by applying a good amount of pressure. These pads are incredibly important to the overall function of your Land Rover. Naturally, brake pads wear out over time from the combination of friction and heat that’s caused by the pressure they exert. If you wait too long to replace them, your brake pads won’t be able to stop your tires from rotating, which will put you and your vehicle at risk.
Other outside factors that can contribute to your brakes wearing out include:
If you’re the type of person who tends to press on the brake often, then your brake pads will inevitably wear out faster. This is why people who live in the city tend to have to change their brake pads more often than those who don’t. The constant slow-roll-to-stop in heavy traffic is a major factor of brake wear.
Rough road conditions can also affect the speed at which your brakes deteriorate. Your Land Rover, even though it’s built for off-roading and designed to outlast a rough ride, will need its brake pads replaced much sooner than if you had just decided to stay on smooth road. But where’s the fun in that?
Your brakes might also wear prematurely if another part of your braking system is wearing out or malfunctioning. For example, if you notice that your caliper isn’t sliding properly or that your rotor isn’t smooth anymore, then either of these issues could be the underlying reason why your brakes are wearing out and need to be replaced.
Symptoms of Brake Wear
As with all other aspects of your Land Rover, the best way to know if something is wrong is to always be observing the state of your vehicle, how it’s running, and whether there are any signs that something is not functioning properly. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms of brake wear. These will help to keep you safe on and off the road:
An easy brake pedal
If you feel like your foot is going to go through the car floor every time you press on the brake pedal, then there is too much slack in your brake system, and something is wrong. You should always feel a little resistance whenever you press on the brake pedal.
As with an easy-to-press brake pedal, a vibrating brake pedal is also a warning sign that your brake system needs to be inspected.
Abnormal noises are never a good sign when it comes to vehicles. If you hear the sound of metal grinding together, there is a good possibility that your brake pads are worn out. The grinding sound is the brake pads rubbing against the rotor and creating that awful sound.
If your car pulls to one side or the other whenever you press on the brake pedal, this could mean one of several things. Most likely, it means that something in your brake system is wearing out and needs to be replaced.
The Solution to All Your Brake Wear Needs
You don’t have to worry if you’re experiencing premature brake wear in your Land Rover. If you notice any of the warning signs listed above, bring your car to Import Motorworx. Our specialists will carefully inspect, diagnose, and repair your worn-out brakes so that you can drive safely and with peace of mind.
We are located conveniently for all customers living in and around the Lawndale, Culver City, West Los Angeles, and South Bay, CA areas. We carefully inspect and repair every vehicle that comes into our shop. We provide professional service at low prices year-round, so stop by for a consultation or call us for an appointment.