How do rear brake pads work?
To slow your car down or bring it to a stop, your brake pads are used to clamp down on either side of the brake discs attached to your rear wheels, to create friction and reduce speed.
How often should rear brake pads need replacing?
Symptoms of malfunctioning brakes
Your car doesn’t slow down or stop as well as usual
If you feel that your brakes don’t work as well as normal or they don’t seem to provide the normal level of performance, then your brake pads could be damaged or worn out.
You can hear a squeaking or grinding noise when you brake
Any unusual sounds coming from your brakes during their operation could be a sign that the brake pads are damaged or worn down to the base plate metal.
Your brake warning light on the dashboard is illuminated
If any of your dashboard warning lights are illuminated, the sensor that detects problems or worn out parts and components has detected an issue and activated the system.
The brake pedal is in a lower position than usual
Any change of position in your brake pedal could be because of a problem with the brake pads, discs or brake fluid.
The car vibrates under braking
Excessive movement or vibration when braking could be due to problems with brake pad or disc positioning, or state of repair.
When your car pulls to one side under braking
If only one brake is working correctly, it can cause your car to pull in the direction of the functioning brake.
What causes your brake pads to stop working correctly?
The main reason your brake pads will stop functioning correctly is usually down to general wear. Over time and constant use, the friction material on the surface of the brake pad will wear out.
It’s also possible that foreign objects thrown up from the road can become trapped in the braking system can cause damage to the brake pads. The failure of other brake system components could lead to the incorrect operation, jamming or failure of your brake callipers, causing excessive wear or damage to your brake pads.
Porsche AG is a German automobile manufacturer, established over 88 years ago in 1931, and is renowned for producing high-performance sports cars, SUVs and saloon cars.
Porsche is owned by Volkswagen AG and carries a total equity of over €10billion (according to 2015 figures).
How popular is Porsche in the United Kingdom?
Who wouldn’t want a Porsche? Porsche has been setting standards in high-performance sports vehicles for as long as they’ve been in the industry.
There are currently around 146k Porsche vehicles on the roads in the UK, showing a steady rise in numbers over the past 10 years.
Luxury, high-end performance sports cars
With a back catalogue of historic models too numerous to mention, the current range provides typical 2-seat mid-engine sports cars in the Porsche 718 and Porsche 911 models, luxury touring in the Panamera 4-seat full-size saloon and a luxurious level of crossover driving in the Cayenne and Macan SUVs.
Sporting a selection of SUV models
Given the popularity of the SUV in modern driving, it was only a matter of time until the high-end marques got involved in revving up the performance and presentation.
For example, the Cayenne Turbo can accelerate from 0–62mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 177mph. The hybrid electric model is equally as impressive with figures of 5.0 seconds and 157mph. That should take care of the school run in record time.
Porsche electric: the plug-in hybrid range
In 2010, the both Porsche SUV models and the Porsche 918 were released as hybrid electric versions. Currently, only the Cayenne is available as an electric hybrid, but Porsche is building towards the release of their E-performance range: with the new Taycan all-electric sports car being developed through the Mission E Cross Turismo concept study.
Porsche’s reliability and reputation
Porsche ranked 23rd out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. High-end sports cars aren’t renowned for their reliability, so for Porsche to achieve a 90.9% efficiency rate could be seen as quite an accomplishment.
Recent Porsche recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Porsche models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
10/05/2019 – Porsche Cayenne (2018)
The shock-absorber forks fitted on the front axle may be defective and could break
22/02/2019 – Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan (2017–2018)
The retaining straps on the vehicle’s ski bag may be defective
03/02/2019 – Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Macan, Porsche 911 Carrera and Porsche Panamera (2014–2015)
It is possible that the vehicles do not meet the series standards applicable at the time of delivery
28/09/2018 – Porsche 918 Spyder (2013–2015)
The bolts used to mount the longitudinal and transverse suspension arms may corrode over time
28/09/2018 – Porsche Cayenne (2016–2018)
The seatbelt buckles on the central rear seat are defective
28/09/2018 – Porsche Panamera (2015–2018)
Restricted durability of the coupling rods may affect the functioning of the rear anti-roll stabiliser
25/04/2017 – Porsche 911 and Porsche Boxster (2017)
The windscreen might not be correctly bonded to the bodywork
21/04/2017 – Porsche (11 (2016–2017)
There is a possibility that the passenger airbags were manufactured with faulty components
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.