You may drive a Saturn, a Silverado, a Suzuki (motorcycle) or a sports car, but chances are your vehicle has disk brakes. They may sound like an afterthought and you may not even know how they work – I’m willing to wager that – but no part of your vehicle plays a larger part than they do. Several kinds of brakes are used in vehicles, mainly the drum and the disk, but disk brakes are used more frequently than others. Compared to drum brakes, disc brakes have a distinct edge because they provide more stopping ability. Also, disk brakes give you better handling when driving in wet weather, so that way your car doesn’t feel slippery in Seattle – get it? Why chance anything but the best?
Disc Brakes in a Nutshell
Put simply, disc brakes consist of two pads that grasp a rotating disk. The disk is also known as a rotor, and an axle connects it to the wheels. You are the master of grasping power in this case. When you pull on the brake, the clamps come together on the disk, forcing it to stop spinning and causing your vehicle to slow down and eventually stop.
Controlling Disk Brakes
When it comes to cars and trucks, you can simply control your disk brakes by pulling the emergency brake upwards or pressing on the brake pedal. For motorbikes, however, there are two ways to slow it down. The rear left foot lever and the right hand lever would be the two options you have to slow your bike down. You may want to use both brakes simultaneously to guarantee a longer lifespan, improve braking efficiency and properly maintain disc brakes and pads.
How To Maintain Disk Brakes?
Again, you may be driving a motorcycle, an automobile or even an SUV – at one point or another, you will need to get those brakes looked at, or even replaced. Make sure you regularly check your brake pads’ thickness. If your pads appear to be threadbare, this could lead to disk brake damage – now nobody wants that to happen.
Be vigilant when checking the brake fluid levels in your vehicle. Your vehicle will run more efficiently with the occasional dose of fresh break fluid.
Potential Disk Brake Damage Your Car Might Suffer From
There are several ways your break disks can show damage. They can crack or even appear to be warped. It’s best if you can catch these signs of damage early on and repair them as quickly as possible to limit further damage to your disk breaks. Once your disk brakes crack, they’re history – no two ways about that.
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