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Car Disk Brakes

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

Car Disk Brakes

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

Car Disk Brakes

Dale one of our MOT Testers checking the brake fluid 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.

Car Disk Brakes

BMW brake discs just fitted

Of course, Car Disk Brakes are one of the most important recent inventions on the modern car. Even though you never think about your Brakes. Importantly, they are probably one of the most important functions on your vehicle. Though there are two or three different types of car brakes. Firstly, the drum (used mostly on the rear brakes) . Secondly, the disks, the part of the brakes that 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 . Developed, from the world of motor racing. So and have been passed onto the modern cars of to day.

What are your disc brakes

For any easy explanation, Disk Brakes consist of two pads. Made from a non-asbestos material. Consequently, that grips the rotating metal disk. The metal disks, are fitted at the end of an axle. So, when you press the brake pedal inside the car. Significantly, 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

Replacing the brake pads and the disc brakes can be fairly easy on your own. However, 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. Once again it may be wise to let your local brake 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 disks can also warp, scar or crack. Of course, 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 cars Brakes vary greatly. Some are made in classic solid steel. Others have special drilled out sections that allows the built up of heat to dissipate. So 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. Preventing the possibility of warping and enhance the cars stopping power. The creative designs are endless!  Each design has a different effect on the performance of your braking system.

About Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for over 40 years.

 

 

How Brake Pads Work

How Brake Pads Work-Understand What your BRAKE PADS Do

How Brake Pads Work

How Brake Pads Work;Unipart brake pads

Here at Pellon Autocentre we use top quality brake parts. Because it gives us peace of mind that we are fitting a top class product .Knowing that our customers wont have problems with their new brake pads.

How Brake Pads Work;English: This is a graph demonstrating differe...

English: This is a graph demonstrating How Brake Pads Work different types of brake pads typical stopping distances from 80 MPH or 130 KM/hour in feet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

There to stop your car !

Your brake pads are one of the most important part of your cars braking system. Because, they are the component that makes contact to the discs. Applying, the pressure and friction to your cars brake discs. Of course, this is the pressure and friction that is applied to the brake discs.

Slowing and stopping your vehicle. Once your brakes are applied. At this instance, the pressure from the master cylinder stops the wheels from turning and your vehicle stops. The role of How Brake Pads Work is really very simple, but the construction of the brake pads is not.

Did you know that Brake pads were once made out of asbestos !

So, asbestos was used to make brake pads. Especially, in my younger days when I was an apprentice mechanic. But because of the cancer causing materials in the pads. Urgently, then new compounds had to be developed. Nowadays brake pads are made from a mixture of different compounds. Including, metallic shavings or non-metallic, organic materials. Depending on the manufacturers own compound mixes.

The brake pads are compressed onto your brake discs when you press the brake pedal. The discs are fitted directly to the wheel hubs and the axle, on applying the brake pads friction is forced upon the disc causing the wheels to slow and then stop depending on the pressure applied to the pedal. The discs work in unison with the brake pads in order to stop your vehicle.

When will I need new brake pads or discs?

There are many different warning signs that your vehicle will give you before your brakes may reach the point of potential failure or extensive repair. The first thing to say is that you should always have your car regularly serviced, including your braking system. This will stop problems before they occur.

Here’s some other things that you should look out for.

Watch out for your brake warning light coming on when you are driving?

How Brake Pads Work

English: A set of EBC performance disk brake pads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check or have your garage check your brake fluid level?
Do you hear a grinding sound or a squealing sound when you apply the brake pedal?
Any feeling of a vibration or some sponginess in the brake pedal when it is pressed?
Does your vehicle steer or pull to one side when you apply your brakes?

All these symptoms are the most common signs that are a potential brake system hazard ! Problems and they should be looked at immediately. Of course, they have the potential to cause a lethal accident. Brakes are there to stop your car and they should not be treated lightly. In a word, if you have them inspected at regular intervals you will reduce the chances of future safety problems.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

 

Deadly Car Brake Pads

Car Brake Warning Lights-Dashboard Warning Lights can scare you to death?

Car Brake Warning Lights

Car Brake Warning Lights

Of course, almost all the modern cars today have a massive bank of warning lights. Including your Car Brake Warning Lights. Naturally, on the dash when you switch your ignition on to start your car. So, as the engine begins to pick up after a few seconds the dashboard  lights should have cleared. Modern technology and on-board computers have enabled car manufacturers. Hence, to connect almost every part of the modern car to some kind of warning lights.

This is for increased fuel efficiency and to enhance the car’s safety. Consequently, the car dash looks more like an airplane’s cockpit these days. Thankfully we have clever mechanics with computer soft-wear. At the same time, that can diagnose what these problems are should they arise. We at Pellon Auto-centre use a car diagnostic computer made by SUN Systems . So finding that it is a great machine for sorting out the light problems and resetting the  lights. Of course while  telling us what the underlying problem may be.

 Brake warning lights

Car Brake Warning Lights symbols look the same for most car models. But yours could be slightly different. Its purpose is to tell you that something is wrong with the braking system somewhere on the car. With this in mind, if this light comes on, check your owner’s manual to find out its meaning. So, as I say some cars have a different meaning. It could be used for many purposes. For example, the same light may be used to show that the hand-brake is left on. If that’s the case and you’re still driving, you would notice the smell of burning brake pads. The light can also indicate that the fluid in your brake master cylinder is getting low. Each manufacturer has a different use and standard for this light. In all cases if the light remains on you should take the car at once to your local auto centre and have the brakes checked out. For further information click the link bellow.


ABS Car Brake Warning Lights

Not all cars have ABS braking systems but they are becoming more common as the new cars are starting to come out. If you car has an ABS braking system, you will have a second type of warning light (as shown in the picture). If you see this light on you should seek immediate help from your garage or Auto-centre. This light is controlled by a computer and means that the computer has picked up a problem with the braking system. It could just be a simple thing such as dirty contacts on your braking components and sensors, or it could be that your ABS unit needs replacing, either way if this light comes on please take notice and have your car checked out as soon as possible. The may stay on, flash or blink but whatever it does seek attention, you may end up with no brakes at all.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

 

 

 

Brake Problems

Car Brakes-Entering the FRICTION ZONE — Older vehicle PARC sees increase in Car brakes sales

Entering the FRICTION ZONE — Aging vehicle parc ripe for car brakes sales Car Brakes-Entering the FRICTION ZONE

Tire Business

“Where before when a vehicle reached 10 years or 11 years, consumers were thinking of selling it, now they’re thinking of, ‘How can I keep my car going?

 

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

This is a very in depth articles about car brakes

Un-reasonably,  car brakes are very often taken for granted. So, in other words car owners will just pull into your garage and leave their car. Because there is a banging or rattling noise coming from the front of the car.

This is usually a good indication that the car brakes have failed,or are failing ! But brake jobs do follow a pattern.

The spring time is usually the time for our customers car brakes to start going wrong . So,and needing repairing. Of course, in my opinion I think that it is because that drivers use their car brakes. Of course, much more in the winter months and therefore the brake pads and discs .

car brakes

A nice new set of brake discs fitted

 

Drivers almost always wait until the last minute to have them repaired and consequently cause more damage to the brakes.

 

For example a simple job like a set of brake pads replacing may turn out to be more complicated and end up the car needing new discs, or a seized up brake caliper.

This will result in a larger garage invoice for the customer. The secret is to get a free brake check at your local garage. most garages here in the UK will give a car a free brake check and give the customer a quote for the required work. We are members of the Unipart Car Care Centres who also offer a nationwide guarantee throughout the UK and a free brake check on all makes and models of cars.

All this culminates as a good time of year for doing brake work, especially the many older cars that our customers are now hanging on to longer and having them repaired instead of replaced.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

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