- When your brake rotors don't have a flat surface anymore, or they look worn in general, you'll hear a squeaking, scraping noise as an unmistakable warning.
- If you can feel vibrations through your brake pedal or steering wheel, this probably means the rotors are warped or worn.
- If you can see scratches or grooves on the brake rotor's surface, this could be a sign that your rotors need replacing.
- If your vehicle is taking longer to stop, it could very likely be an indicator that your rotors are worn.
Brake & clutch are important in all vehicles... especially when off road.
Of course the brakes and clutch in any vehicle in any type of use are important, but when off road it's especially important to make sure both are configured and maintained in the best possible condition... because you'll rely on them performing at 100% during challenging manoeuvres.
Giving good care to your brake & clutch will bring an enhanced driving experience.
TOP TIPS: Signs that your brakes need attention
TOP TIPS: Caring for your clutch
There primary reasons for 4WD clutch failure are:
- Drivers jumping from a conventional car into a 4WD and not knowing how to drive it properly.
- Inexperienced off road driving is a huge factor in clutch failure, especially when driving in too high gears through rough terrain (i.e. when they should be in low range gears).
- In diesel vehicles, the normal RPM range is between 1000 to 1800 rpm but torque is restricted, so by addressing low torque with increased RPM can blow the clutch.
- Fitting power modules or performance kits to increase power and torque can strain the motor and drive train.
Avoiding clutch failure checklist:
- Use low range in difficult conditions.
- Don't ride the clutch.
- Allow the clutch to cool if you overheat it.
- Ensure that the dust boots and seals are in good condition.
- If inexperienced in off road driving, see some training from a pro.