People love engines. Car enthusiasts in particular love engines. The sound of them, the power behind the machinery, the force it brings to the vehicle – these things are all desirable traits. In contrast, the brakes on a car aren’t always appreciated.
This is a pretty bad situation because it neglects a crucial part of the car. The brake pad is a basic necessity in any vehicle.
With modern machines, speed is going to be a big deal. The ability to drive safely is needed because it makes sure that someone can maneuver on roads and highways without too much risk. An interesting bit of information is that brakes don’t stop the car.
Physics is how brakes work, just like everything else. Brakes cause friction with the road. This, in turn, causes the tires to slow down and eventually stop spinning. At its most basic level, a brake pad causes this by making the wheels stop turning.
So here are a few things that you should remember to properly care for your brake pads and other components of the brakes.
One thing to remember is that heat will be a problem for good braking. Every time you press the pads, you generate an incredible amount of heat. Removing this heat requires the discs to ventilate with internal vanes, pulling air from the environment around the center and into the outer edges.
This action “pushes” the hot air away, allowing the brakes to remain cool.
Fading, however, can be a problem. Fading is when brakes become overused and overheated. This can cause the brake fluid to boil, permanently damaging the mechanism.
As a brake fades, the pedal depresses closer to the floor. It will also sometimes go all the way down, without the car stopping or slowing down. The distance required for friction to stop the machine increases.
A sure sign of fading brakes is an odd odour. If this happens, you will want to pull over and give time for the mechanisms to cool. Pressing any further could cause damage or put you at higher risk.
You could also invest in a set of high-performance brake pads. These can reduce noise and dust production, as well as better performance when in a wet environment. You can probably find these in any kind mechanic shop.
Finally, changing your brake fluid regularly helps. The fluid attracts moisture, which will make the mechanisms boil more readily. It can also cause corrosion, wearing down the mechanical components that allow the systems to work.