What types of brake systems does my car have?
Your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system, which allows you to steer as your brakes are engaged. In addition to this, most cars have two or three types of brake systems. If any of these brake systems are wearing out, it is crucial to bring your car into Arbor Auto Works for an inspection before their condition worsens. These brake systems are:
If you look through one of your car's wheels, you will see a shiny metal disc just inside. This is called a disc brake. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, a pad of hard-wearing material clamps onto the brake disc and rubs it to make it slow down—in a similar way to bicycle brakes.
Some cars have disc brakes on all four wheels, while others have disc brakes on their front wheels and drum brakes on their back wheels. Instead of the disc and brake block, drum brakes have shoes inside the hollow wheel hub that press outwards. As the shoes push into the wheel, friction slows you down.
Your vehicle's handbrake, or parking brake, applies force to the disc and drum brakes in a slower, less forceful way via a lever that's located between your car's two front seats. When you pull on the brake, a system of levers tugs on a pair of sturdy cables that apply the brakes to the back wheels. The handbrake system is completely mechanical and does not use brake fluid like the disk and drum brakes, so it can be used as an emergency brake (with great care) when the other brake systems fail.
What are brake rotors and how do they work?
Brake rotors are part of your vehicle's disk brake system. It is an iron disc that is connected to the tire's hub that work together with the brake pads to stop your vehicle. Each side of your vehicle's tire has a brake rotor, and these rotors are connected by ribs. When you press on the brake pedal to stop, the brake pads are pressed against the brake rotors to create friction. This will make your vehicle safely come to a stop or slow down, depending on how hard you press on the brake pedal. This process produces a large amount of heat, creating a high temperature in your vehicle's brake rotors. As you drive, the heat leaves the vehicle and goes into the air. This process is called heat dissipation.
Other brake components include:
Many companies sell brake products or different parts of your vehicle's brake system. We at Arbor Auto Works use quality parts and can assure that we will get your vehicle to the way the manufacturer intended.
What are the different types of brake rotors?
Here are the four types of brake rotors you can have on your vehicle:
Most vehicles, including those from, Acura, Audi, BMW, and Buick come with smooth brake rotors, and this is because smooth brake rotors provide enough stopping power for most driving conditions. Because they have a smooth surface, smooth brake rotors have the most rotor surface area compared to other types of brake rotors, smooth brake rotors can absorb a lot of heat and are not prone to cracking under extreme use.
Slotted brake rotors have slots cut along the edge of the rotor that makes contact with the brake pad. These grooves allow the brake pad's surface area to have more contact with the brake rotors, which results in more consistent stops.
Cross-drilled brake rotors have drill holes that are mostly used for aesthetic reasons. These brake rotors were originally used in race cars to reduce the amount of heat the rotor would have to absorb.
Drilled and slotted brake rotors offer the benefits of slotted brake rotors and cross-drilled brake rotors. These brake rotors can keep temperatures down and maintain a clean brake rotor. Low temperatures prevent fade resistance, which is when high temperatures cause part of the brake rotor's resin material to vaporize.
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