Are you considering improving your vehicle’s brakes but are unsure about the components required? Today we will explore the braking mechanics including Brake Rotors, Brake Pads and Brake Calipers. We will learn how these important parts work together to create an efficient braking system and what you need to know about replacing any of these parts.
What are Brake Rotors?
The Brake Rotors in your car are the large flat circle discs that you will likely have seen when replacing your tyres or changing a flat. This rotating part connects to your axle and uses the brake pads and calipers to control your braking system. Brake Rotors are at the heart of your car’s braking system and are also known as Brake Discs. They are squeezed by brake pads to slow and stop your vehicle. The brake rotors are normally made from Steel and Iron and will last a long time before needing replacing.
Brake Pads Explained
Brake Pads are possibly the most well-known part of your braking system and the one that will often need replacing the most. The brake pads are the component that are constantly connecting and squeezing your brake rotors to reduce the speed of your vehicle and secure the car when stopping. Brake pads can be made from an assortment of materials including ceramic, metallic and component and are normally over 10 mm thick when new. However over time, your brake pads friction and performance will wear down reducing their effectiveness. Therefore it is worth considering replacing your pads every 30,000 to 70,000 miles depending on brand and manufacturers recommendations.
How do Brake Calipers Work?
A brake caliper is similar to a clamp which connects to your rotating brake rotor disc and applies the incorporated brake pads to slow the spinning rotor disc using friction. Our cars use Brake Calipers as a vital component to slowing and stopping your vehicle. Brake calipers do this by squeezing your car’s brake pads down onto the brake rotors which applies friction and eventually stops the vehicle. Brake Calipers normally last a long time however you will often come into contact with this component when replacing the brake pads.
We hope that this article has helped to understand the braking system of your vehicle and its components. You should now have greater confidence in your ability to replace these parts, which is something you should consider every 30000-50000 miles depending of components and vehicle type for maximum safety and performance.