Despite what your local dealership might have you believe, performing maintenance on your Porsche Cayenne is nothing to be afraid of. Ordinary repairs can be performed in a cinch, especially when you have the proper parts and tools. One example is replacing your car’s brake pads and rotors, which will make sure your German SUV stops as well as it goes.
The first step is ordering the correct parts.
What brake pads and rotors do Porsche Cayennes use?
Most Porsche Cayenne models utilize iron brake rotors with semi-metallic pads, though the size of each depends on the specific trim and fitted options. High-performance variants like the Cayenne Turbo require larger rotors and, thus, larger pads. If your vehicle was optioned from the factory with carbon ceramic brakes—which didn’t become an option until the second-generation—it’s necessary to replace them with like components.
FCP Euro offers kits that include the correct rotors and pads for your vehicle while also ensuring compatibility. This is made possible by adding your vehicle to the “My Garage” feature and performing a vehicle-specific search.
How long do Porsche Cayenne brake pads last?
As with any vehicle, Porsche Cayenne brake pad replacement intervals largely depend on your driving habits. If you’re in constant stop-and-go traffic, it may be better to replace them around the 30,000-mile mark. On the other hand, if you drive mostly on the interstate, they may only need replacing every 70,000 miles.
How do you know when to replace your brake pads?
Typically, it’s easy to know when your brake pads need replacing as your vehicle takes longer to stop and requires more pressure on the pedal. Additionally, when your brakes start pulsating, grinding or screeching, it’s probably time to replace the pads.
A visual inspection can also go a long way. If your rotors become glazed or have a noticeable lip around the edge, a brake pad replacement is in order.
How much should it cost to replace your brake pads?
As we mentioned before, most Porsche Cayennes make use of brake pads with semi-metallic composition. If you opt for original equipment (OE) units, then expect to pay around $125 for a set of four pads.
How much should it cost to replace your rotors?
Ordinary Porsche Cayenne brake rotors cost around $80 a piece—here’s an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) item, for example. High-performance models like the Cayenne Turbo require larger rotors and can cost a decent amount more, like these for $250 a piece.
It’s important to note that you must specify the location of each brake rotor when ordering, such as front-left or front-right.
If you have any questions or comments about replacement brakes for your Porsche Cayenne, leave them in the comments below. And if you want to read more Porsche guides, DIYs, news, and reviews, check out our Porsche hub at porsche.fcpeuro.com.
Caleb cut his teeth on European cars with a '93 Volkswagen Corrado he owned in high school. Despite being tall enough to drive with his head out the sunroof, he always thought it fit him well. Nowadays, he gets his kicks dreaming about lifted Volvo 940 Turbos. --Instagram @calebjwords