Car Disk Brakes-A Brief Explanation about what they do and what they are?

 Post Updated 31st Dec 2013

Whatever car you drive you are likely to have Car Disk Brakes

Car Disk Brakes

Dale one of our MOT Testers checking the brake flued on a vehicle at our Halifax Garage

Whatever car you drive a perhaps it is a small, medium,or a large 4×4 car even a motorbike or a pick up truck, you will probably have Car Disk Brakes fitted as standard on your vehicle. The

Car Disk Brakes

BMW brake discs just fitted

Car Disk Brakes are one of the most important recent inventions on the modern car. Even though you never think about your Car Disk Brakes, they are probably one of the most important functions on your vehicle. Though there are two or three different types of car brakes, the drum (used mostly on the rear brakes) and the disks, the Car Disk Brakes are the most commonly used on today’s modern cars. Disc brakes are far better and much more efficient than drum brakes because of their more modern design and more powerful stopping ability. Disc brakes are a success story from the world of motor racing and have been passed onto the modern cars of to day.

What are your disc brakes

For any easy explanation, Car Disk Brakes consist of two pads Made from a non-asbestos material that grips the rotating metal disk. The metal disks, are fitted at the end of an axle. When you press the brake pedal inside the car, the pressure is transferred from the pedal to the discs thus stopping the car.You control the braking power. When you push on the brake pedal, the brake pads come together on the disk, forcing it to stop turning which will cause your vehicle to slow down and eventually stop.

 


How To Keep your Disk Brakes in top condition.

Whatever type of type of vehicle you may drive, you will probably need to consider having your brakes serviced and brakes maintenance or replacement of your brake parts , at some point along the way. It is important to have the thickness of your brake pads checked by a competent person preferably a qualified mechanic . If your pads are thin or even down to the bare metal, they can cause damage to your disc brakes which will increase your bill due to disc damage due to” metal on metal”.

 

Also check your brake fluid

You should always keep an eye on your cars brake fluid level in the cylinder top up tank under the bonnet. This top up is usually done on a regular service or brake service, by a competentAutocentrein your neighborhood.

Replacing the break pads and the disc brakes can be fairly easily on your own but it is worth noting that the brake discs and pads are becoming much more sophisticated on the cars of today. So Don’t hesitate to get help if you are unsure and once again it may be wise to let your localUnipart centre to do your brakes professionally.

What are the signs of brake disc damage ?

There are many ways your break disks will warn you of impending damage. The first experience that our customers have is a complaint of a “grinding” sound. This is usually the “metal on Metal” that I described earlier. The Car Disk Brakes can also warp, scar or crack , due to heat that is caused by heavy excessive braking. Once again these signs are picked up in routine brake servicing.

Are there different disc brake designs?

The answer to this is “YES”, these days, the designs of the Car Disk Brakes vary greatly. Some are made in classic solid steel, but others have special drilled out sections that allows the built up of heat to dissipate, keeping the discs cooler, once again a development from racing car design. These drilled out steel discs help prolong the life of the Car Disk Brakes because they reduce built-up heat and prevent the possibility of warping and enhance the cars stopping power. The creative designs are endless and each design has a different effect on the performance of your braking system.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my
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