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Question About Car Brakes Usage  
User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 931 times:

Hey everyone,

The other day I was driving and I thought to myself: What braking method lengthen the brakes life? Either a long light braking or either a short heavy braking? I would rather thing that a slow and light deceleration would, but I'm not sure.

Can anyone confirm?

regards,
Nicolas (Happy new owner of a '98 neon  Smile )

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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40069 posts, RR: 74
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 909 times:

I brake for large breast! Big grin






Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40069 posts, RR: 74
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 903 times:

My last post was just for fun & games.

Just don't ride your brakes. I hate it when people do that! I causes your brakes to run hot, wear down quicker and really slows down traffic. Brake lights are either on or off. They don't measure intensity of amount of brakes applied. Therefore, drivers behind will always slow down even more.

Is your Neon a stick or automatic?
If it is a stick, you can downshift to help slow down.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 902 times:

Hey superfly, I just had a call from Anna Nicole Smith, she's waiting for you to go play with her melons! hahaha Big grin

User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 902 times:

No it's automatic. I don't like sticks seeing that I spend at least 1 hour stuck in traffic everyday.

User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 897 times:

Don't brake too softly, but not too hard either. The best bet to prolong the life of your brakes is somewhere in between closer to soft braking. That's what I've always been told anyways.

Just think of a grinder, if you press metal against it real hard, it wears away quicker, less pressure and it won't wear away as quick.


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 899 times:

Nicolaki, I've heard short strong bursts of braking adds to the life of brakes vs. slow light braking. Sustained braking increases the heat which wears the asbestos. If you have a stick, clutch brake. Downshift all the way down to first gear. Then use your brakes to stop the roll. That's what I did with a stick. I'm no mechanic, so the former is hearsay. One thing I'm cetain of, the ideal method is to run into other shit. No brakes necessary.  Laugh out loud


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineTwotterwrench From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 893 times:

Use your feet like Fred Flintstone does. Get's hot, but saves money!

User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5615 posts, RR: 28
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 881 times:

1. Nicolaki: 'Fly has better taste than that. Even "bust-lust" has its limits.

2. So long as you don't "ride" the brakes such that they are overheated,the distinction is not much, but if you make it a practice to brazke over a *very* long space, you'll be making yourself an obstruction and hazard in traffic- hardly a good result.

3. Do not routinely use your clutch and downshifting as a substitute for ordinary brake use. Why? Ask your friendly neighborhood mechanic the difference in cost between a brake job, and a clutch replacement. Ouch! This does not, of course, apply to the always-recommended practice of downshifting and using engine braking to control speed on an extended downhill stretch of highway.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 879 times:

You don't need to use the clutch to downshift. Just ease it in without the clutch. No grinding, it just pops right in.


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 871 times:

Ok he has an automatic so the above does not apply.

Also the majority of people who drive sticks do not use engine braking. The owners manual for my Toyota truck and my b/f's Acura clearly say only to use engine braking for going down long stretches of hills. It just puts more wear on your entire drivetrain if you do it every time you stop.

Also good luck with your Neon, the first generation Neons are know for premature head gasket failures (which costs big $ to get fixed).


User currently offlineMetwrench From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 872 times:

I drive a 90 Suburban, if you're in front of me with a Neon, best not to use your brakes at all. Big breasts or not. I'll do the looking for you.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7811 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 863 times:

Gotta second Adam84 bout the first gen Neons, my brother has a 97... its on its 3rd tranny and 2nd head gasket. He is glad my dad told him to buy the extended service agreement.

Basically you shouldn't brake too light or too heavy. Brake too hard and you risk wheel lock up (unless you have ABS) and it is generally not comfortable for you or your passengers. Plus more absent minded motorists may not be prepared for a quick stop. Soft breaking over a long period can cause your breaks to glaze... then they start to squeak. So stop firmly when possible. And always brake for cute girls.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 865 times:

Neon brakes should last forever. All you have to do to slowdown is stick your hand out the window.


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 858 times:

Do you guys still use asbestos based brake pads?

We don't.

mb


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 852 times:

Nicolaki: What braking method lengthen the brakes life? Either a long light braking or either a short heavy braking?

I try to brake smoothly; Strong enough, but not for longer periods, if possible, to give the brakes a few seconds for cooling in between. Has worked well, so far.

I avoid motor braking whenever possible; Maybe that´s why I´ve still got the first motor, first gearbox and the first clutch at 248,000km...  Wink/being sarcastic


Twotterwrench: Use your feet like Fred Flintstone does. Get's hot, but saves money!

I´ll try that as soon as the rust holes are large enough for my big feet! Big grin


Mx5_boy: Do you guys still use asbestos based brake pads?

Not here. (Germany)


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5615 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 852 times:

We use asbestos pads; if they start to heat up, most US-built cars will use an auxiliary cooling system which has focused jets of CFC-based gases spraying onto the brake caliper (the hole in the ozone is way south, near Australia, no problem here); if that proves inadequate, you can spray the disk with liquid PCB's.

No, really.

MB- you weren't serious when you asked that question, right?



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 846 times:

DesertJets: I didnt realize it was that much of a problem. Back about a year or so ago I really wanted a first generation Neon. But thats when I found out about the headgasket problems and kinda steered away from that car. DaimlerChrysler really needs to take action on this problem and stop asking Neon drivers to bend over.

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 842 times:

>>>I avoid motor braking whenever possible; Maybe that´s why I´ve still got the first motor, first gearbox and the first clutch at 248,000km...

That happens to be a Merc, huh? Big grin...

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (13 years 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 842 times:

Klaus: I avoid motor braking whenever possible; Maybe that´s why I´ve still got the first motor, first gearbox and the first clutch at 248,000km...

Airsicknessbag: That happens to be a Merc, huh? ...

No, no. Big grin
Just an ordinary VW Golf II 1.6 (gasoline).


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