Re: How long do your brakes last?
I guess alot depends on you driving habits. I see you downshift to reduce speeds, but diesels don't have much engine braking unless you have added an exhaust brake.
- Do you drive slowly?
- or keep up with the cars?
- Slow down as you approach a stop or intersection?
- Or drive up and hit the brakes?
My van weighs ~10,000#, frequently pulls a 1500-2000# trailer and has over 100K miles and the original rear brakes. The fronts have about 60K on them, not because the first set was worn, but because I upgraded to Frozen Rotors and new pads. The brakes still look very good. Probably 10-15% of my driving is in mountain or off road. 5-10% is in town with stop and go traffic and the rest is highway use with very little braking needed.
Anybody who has ever followed me will tell you I drove slowly and rarely use the brakes. Just ask Chris Thwaites about my driving.
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