In Reply to: Re: 540iA brake rotors posted by Jim Cash on July 07, 2000 at 21:54:45:
: : Does anyone have any ideas as to how long the rotors
: : on a 99' 540iA should last? The rotors on my 95'
: : 525i needed replacement at around 40k. I don't ride
: : em or wait till the last minute to brake.
: This really depends on how you use your brakes - or whether you know how to use & maintain them effectively.
: On my last 5 series (82 528) I went through 3 sets of rotors in it's life (290,000 kms).
: My current 97 E39 has only 62,000 kms on it - but the rotors and pads are still very good.
: I do about half highway and half city driving.
: Plan ahead so you don't use your brakes more than necessary. Exercise them occasionally with some hard fast stops.
: Make sure you always torque the wheel nuts to the correct amount (about 75 lb/ft)
: Inspect the rotors and pads frequently - look for any sign of scoring (stone caught under a pad)
: Never put your car away with wet brakes - after washing drive it around a couple of blocks and get the brakes hot for drying - less corrosion of the rotor edges.
: If you abuse you brakes you might get as little as 25-30,000 kms (20,000 miles)
: Others will probably have even better tips for brake use and maintenance.
: Jim Cash