Odds are the vehicle you are driving has disc brakes, may it be a motorcycle, a Maserati or a Mini Cooper. You may not even be aware that they exist, but unlike Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy, they do exist, and they play a major, major role in how your vehicle operates. Though there are several types of motor brakes, the drum and the disk, the disk brakes are more commonly used. Disc brakes are far better than drum brakes because of their powerful 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
In simplistic terms, disc brakes utilise two pads and grab onto a rotating disc. The disc attaches to the wheels by means of an axle. You control the grasping power. 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.
How Can I Control My Disc 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. Motorcycle riders, on the other hand, have two ways to slow their vehicle down with their brakes. The rear left foot lever and the right hand lever would be the two options you have to slow your bike down. In order to make sure your disk brakes and pads last longer, you can use both of them at the same time, thus improving both the effectiveness AND efficiency of your braking.
Disk Brake Maintenance
Brake maintenance, or even replacement is an eventuality every driver has to prepare for, regardless of the vehicle you drive. Make sure you regularly check your brake pads’ thickness. Disc brakes can potentially suffer some damage if the pads have reached the point where they are barren.
Monitor the levels of your vehicle’s brake fluid. Touching up and adding new brake fluid can help your vehicle run more effectively and efficiently.
Potential Disk Brake Damage Your Car Might Suffer From
There are several ways your break disks can show damage. Warping and even cracking is a distinct possibility, aside from the simple scars. You’ll want to keep a close eye on your disk brakes so that any damage, minor as it may be, can be repaired before the problem gets aggravated. Unfortunately, once they crack, the disc brakes are not repairable.