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Ron Richings ASKED THE GUIDE

Replacing brakes

My daughter bought a Daewoo Lanos attracted by ``free care'', size, price and fuel economy. At the 30,000km service she was alarmed to be told the brakes were undersize and would need replacing. I have been told this is normal by Daewoo, but it seems low mileage compared with other vehicles we own.

This is the scourge of modern cars, which all seem to wear out brakes at an alarmingly high rate. It won't be long before we are changing pads and rotors every time we change the engine oil. It basically comes down to the materials carmakers are using in their disc rotors and brake pads to achieve the sort of braking performance we expect from today's cars. Most carmakers seem to work on the idea that replacing the rotors every second pad change is acceptable, but that also seems to me to be too often. Talk to a reputable brake specialist who will be able to recommend an alternative disc and pad combination that will give better service while still providing the braking power you need.

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