Your braking system does a lot of work – and consequently, takes a lot of abuse. Its pads and rotors take the brunt by the friction and heat they generate every time you press your Cruze’s brake pedal. That’s why you must maintain your brakes in top condition – and you can only do that with regular maintenance. This short write-up explains when you should change your 2014 Chevrolet Cruze brake pads and rotors – and what type of parts to look for.
What Are the Best Brake Pads?
Brake pads should be changed around every 30,000 to 40,000 miles, but some last up to 50,000. Most experts recommend replacing your pads when they measure around ¼ inch thick. Your pads’ lifespan depends on a few key factors, but your driving habits mostly dictate how quickly they wear down.
When shopping for Chevy Cruze brake pads, you’ll find many different kinds on the market. Performance pads are usually made with ferro-carbon, ceramic-carbon and para-aramid compounds. Consumer brake pads usually come in three different styles:
- Organic – made with rubber, fiberglass, fiber or carbon bonded with resin
- Semi-metallic – combines iron, copper, steel or metal alloys with graphite resin
- Ceramic – blends ceramic particles with copper threads
Many brands offer their own versions of these. Duralast brake pads are usually semi-metallic, which means they conduct heat well, require less braking pressure and last longer than organic versions. There are also Duralast Gold pads that are made from ceramic. They’re quieter and produce less dust than semi-metallic versions.
What Rotors Do You Need?
Auto care experts suggest changing your rotors every 70,000 miles or so. Fortunately, you also have a lot of options when purchasing new rotors. You may see performance rotors that are slotted, drilled or both. With these modifications, they’re usually used in racing applications. Meanwhile, consumer and OEM rotors are blank. Their key benefits include structural integrity, quieter performance and less dust.
Most major auto parts brands have their own series of brake rotors. For example, Duralast standard front and rear brake rotors are made from high-strength alloys, so they last longer and are more resistant to warping. They’re also balanced for smooth stopping and expertly designed to reduced brake noise. Duralast rotors come with a two-year warranty and work well for drivers with average commuting and weekend driving patterns.
You’ll also see Duralast Gold rotors, crafted from high-carbon steel for superior heat dispersion, reduced noise and longer life. They also sport full protective Z-clad coatings to shield them from rust plus powder-coated backing plates to resist corrosion. Duralast Gold rotors are ideal for drivers with more aggressive braking patterns.
Where Can You Shop for Pads and Rotors?
You’ll find brake pads and rotors at many auto parts dealers. To get the best quality and value, choose a retailer with a wide selection, good reputation and great customer service. Many stores have friendly, knowledgeable staff with the expertise to help you locate parts that best need your needs.