Learning About Braking Systems to Repair Your Car’s Brake Components

If you have noticed your car is having some stopping issues there is a good chance that something is wrong with your brakes.  While that is certainly not a good thing, the good news is that you may be able to replace the broken part yourself.

And if you want to save some money, this could be very beneficial in the long run.  But repairing or replacing braking components simply requires that you learn a little about braking systems and then acquiring and installing the appropriate CrossDrilledRotors.ca Brake parts yourself. There are, basically, two [common] types of braking systems: disc brakes and drum brakes.

Disc Brakes

A disc brake is a type of brake which requires calipers to squeeze a pair (or several pairs) of pads against a disc to create the friction needed to slow rotation of a shaft—like the vehicle axle.  This will either reduce rotational speed or will hold the shaft in place (so the car will remain stationary and stable).  Disc brakes are most often made of cast iron but they can also be made out of composites of reinforced carbon-carbon or a ceramic matrix.

Disc brakes can also come in a hydraulic version which offer even better stopping power. These days, hydraulic disc brakes are the most common form of brake installed in motor vehicles.

Overall, disc brakes offer better stopping power than drum brakes, which are more common on older vehicles.  A big reason for this is that disc brakes cool more easily, so they take longer to wear down.  Indeed, disc brakes do not overheat easily and also recover more quickly from immersion (because wet brakes are less effective than dry brakes).

Drum Brakes

For the most part, drum brakes are designed to have just a single leading show. This gives drum brakes a servo-effect.  On the other hand, disc brakes do not have this effect.  Furthermore, the braking force of disc brakes remains constantly proportional to the pressure placed upon the associated brake pad through the braking system’s brake servo, brake pedal, or brake lever.  Many drivers, then, report these brakes provide the driver with a better “feel,” noting that that they have a lower tendency to lock up.  Drum brakes are also known for something called “bell mouthing” which involves worn lining material getting trapped within the brake assembly which can cause a handful of different braking issues.