Brake wear on tow vehicle

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 02:08
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can anyone tell us what sort of Km we can expect from our brakes on the LC200,
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Reply By: Gone Bush - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 03:53

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 03:53
I changed my brake pads after 110,000 kms. I was surprised that there was still plenty of meat left on them. That mileage included two round trips towing the BT, and a lot of local WA towing in between.

Others on LCOOL have had much less out of their pads but that involved mud work.

I put Bendix in but I think the OEM pads are as good, if not better.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 05:54

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 05:54
As Uncle Dodgy mentions below, engine braking is very important if you want to get a long life from your brake pads.

If you tow in the recommended S5 position, using the gear stick to make the most use of engine braking becomes second nature.

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Reply By: The Hob - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 17:49

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 17:49
I am at 100k with original brakes and almost all the km were towing.

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Reply By: Spydor - Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 19:59

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012 at 19:59
Hi, I am just coming up to 115,000 klms and i am about to fit my SECOND set of pads!!!!!! Included a lot of towing in very hilly country, "ie" over the barrington tops etc.
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Reply By: Freewheelers - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 00:01

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 00:01
Hi

Our 200 series will be 2 yrs old in August, and at 41,000 km has just had it's rear pads replaced. Around 23-25K would have been towing, some of it hilly.

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Reply By: Bow & Nan - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 02:32

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 02:32
I am at 90,000k with original brakes and almost all the km were towing and they still have plenty of meat left.
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Reply By: Uncle Dodgy - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 05:20

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 05:20
Hi Hank & Heather
It will probably depend more on wether you use the gears and engine compression to slow the vehicle when going down hill, or wether you only use the brakes. The latter will give you less km's per brake pad change.
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Reply By: Silver and Tinks - Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 22:57

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012 at 22:57
Hi Hank and Heather


There are other things to consider other than brake wear.
I have typically got between 40,000 and 60,000 between pad changes on Landcrusiers and F trucks.

This lower number probably reflects a number things firstly I no longer use an automatic transmission as a manual with these big loads behind the tow tug as I have seen a couple of transmissions detonate. I also probably tow on what would considered the high side of speed when towing, I do not worry about fuel consumption because over many years of towing there is not much in it (within reason).

I have found it is much cheaper to throw some pads in than replace a transmission, with the power we have these days it is not hard to overheat or damage a transmission.

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Reply By: Rob n Son - Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 00:13

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 at 00:13
Hi Heather and Hank,

Some people get very low k/m out of there pads when they are heavy handed or should I say footed on the brakes when towing or driving.

Actually ,speaking with my brother In law recently ,who between us drives like a racing car driver, towing his van with a 200 series landcruiser had to change his pads under 20,000km .
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