Which method wears out brakes faster ~ Long, gradual stops, or fast ones?

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Old 02-17-07, 11:38 AM
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Which method wears out brakes faster ~ Long, gradual stops, or fast ones?

The answer to this would be nice to know, obviously.

With slow braking, you have to be ON the brakes for longer. But with fast stops, you have to apply them harder, but for shorter.

Or is either method about equal?
 
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Old 02-17-07, 12:11 PM
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it's not that simple.

long slow applications will physically wear away lining without having as much influence on the speed. Shorter harder applications will tend to wear away less lining but develope heat quicker.

Each have a negative affect on the linings and affect the longevity of the linings.

While a long slow stop will wear away more lining, it will take longer to generate heat that will damage the linings. The faster stop will generate heat fast but due to the shorter time involved, will cause less lining to be reomoved upon each application. The higher temps from a hard stop will have negative effects on the condition of the lining and will result in damage if excessive. As well, "riding" the brakes can also cause heat build-up and damage the linings.

So, the answer, in my mind, is, "it depends"
 
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Old 02-17-07, 02:27 PM
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I hate people who ride their brakes! :-p

It is a crap shoot as Nap was saying.

Fast braking produces a lot of heat which can also cause your rotors to warp as well.
 
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Easing off of the gas and braking slowly with less time spent with the brakes engaged will both make the brakes and the fuel last longer.
 
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Old 02-17-07, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by marksr View Post
Easing off of the gas and braking slowly with less time spent with the brakes engaged will both make the brakes and the fuel last longer.
That is true, but impractical in many traffic conditions, but worthy of keeping in mind for the other situations in lesser traffic that will not incite road rage.
 
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Drivers that stomp on the brakes go through more brake pads than those that squeeze

What percentage of that is due to the fact that stompers almost always stomp on the gas too I couldn't tell you
It's not that stompers are always speeding, it's just that they have to get to the cruising speed fast

The squeezers and stompers both could be coming down from the same speed
The squeezers start earlier and squeeze, the stompers wait 'till the last moment and stomp

No matter how you slice it, stompers go through more brake pads per mile driven than squeezers
 
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