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Lifespan of rotors

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Recently I read a blog which explains brake and its related repair works. Here is the link Brake Repair Services - Pads, Rotors, Caliper | Service Plus Toronto & Etobicoke . My car is a 2005 model Chevrolet Impala. The rotor's lifespan is really less on this vehicle. I don't know whether it is a common complaint or some other issue. Can somebody give more clarity about this? Some of my friends say this is due to the way you brake. Can somebody help me with some tips?
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Well I hear there is a lot of people with issues with Brakes. I myself have stock brakes and have them done when the pads go bad. However I don't drive like everyone these days. I am not 100% why others have issues more then others... I would tend to think that it goes as to what your friends are saying do to the way someone uses their brakes! I tend to drive in a way that I am planing out my drive as I go. My mind is always playing in factors of when I should brake, when I should get over to a different lane. I don't do things without a plan. It could be that all my driving is mostly done on Flat ground and don't have to hold my brake as long as others... Also could be that because I don't wait to brake at the last minute. I also don't ride my brakes. There are many many different factors that could go into why someone has brake issues while another person don't...

I wouldn't want to say that you are hard on your brakes, Without living in your same area and doing the same driving that you do with the same car. (Same type of car, same Brakes, same tires etc) It is easy for someone in a car that don't weigh as much as the Impala or drive the same roads that you do to say your hard on your brakes... Maybe your roads are hard on your brakes lol...

I could be way wrong, But I think that if there was a heat issue with brakes it is because there is someone that has hard braking conditions. Driving fast until the last moment of slamming on the brakes to stop at a Light or sign. Driving Highway speeds and having to brake hard do to changing traffic conditions.... Sadly it is hard to say... If your warping your rotors every few months or having issues with aftermarket hardware. I would tend to think it is the hardware not the driver. But OEM hardware that over normal driving having issues could be driver... It is hard to say...

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Rotor life depends on the quality of the rotor, the quality of the brake pads, the quality of the installation (free of dirt and rust, quality brake lube used on the correct locations), and most important - the driver's driving and braking habits.
It's funny - we were having a conversation about rotor "warping" in another thread and some people say that the problem is caused by not braking hard enough and other people say that braking too hard is the cause. :)

Personally, I've always had issues with rotors "warping" (yes, I know that they don't *really* warp) - regardless of the rotors or pads I've used. My personal opinion is that the front rotors on the GM w-bodies are just too small and not up to the task (long-term). That and the fact that most rotors nowadays are crap that is made in China...

I also wonder how much living in cold climates plays a part. I wonder if the rotors getting hot during things like highway exit ramp braking and the cold outside air temperatures cause issues over the long term? No idea if that is really a problem or not, but you'd think the sudden, drastic hold<->cold transitions would be bad.

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