To get the best of one’s vehicle, maintenance is very important in order to keep it in good shape. This maintenance involves getting spark plugs and changing fitters and oil as well as keeping tire pressure up. When it comes to brakes, you understand that the brake fluid level needs checking and the pads need replacing and that’s about it, right? Wrong
A brake rotor is a major component of the brake system. The brake rotors are vital to the brake system. The brake rotors are also called brake disks and their main function is to enable the brake pads clamp on them in order to be able to bring the vehicle to halt or to a stop. Despite their important role in stopping vehicles, most people do not understand the importance of regularly carrying out maintenance on them. This article shall look at the importance of the various of brake rotors available, their merits and demerits as well as on which vehicle types they could be installed.
Drilled Brake Rotors – The Good and the Bad.
One of the two main types of high-performance rotors are drilled brake rotors. Drilled brake rotors have holes. Though it might seem counter intuitive, drilling holes into a surface that’s imperative to stopping your vehicle, the holes actually offer some really neat advantages.
It is important to understand that, when a rotor is clamped onto by a brake pad, friction is created. Heat is produced as a result of the heat created. If there is no outlet for the heat, it causes brake fade which lowers the brake’s stopping power. The other main function of the holes is to help in releasing gas. The holes help to release water from the rotors in case one is driving on a rainy day. When the rotor is wet, it becomes very hard for the brake pads to hang on and hence reducing their ability to stop the vehicle on time. When a vehicle uses a drilled rotor, it becomes very easy for the pads to clamp and therefore stopping the car.
The bad side of the drilled rotors is that it leads to weakening of the system. Rotors with holes drilled onto them are already weak from the onset, therefore after a bit of stressful driving, it is very possible for them to crack.
The advantages and disadvantages of slotted performance rotors
The slotted rotor s make up the second component of high performance rotors. These brake rotors have slots carved into their surfaces which allows gas, water and heat to move away from the surface just as the drilled rotors do. These sorts of rotors are very popular with drivers of performance cars because they do a lot of high-stress driving and because of this, drilled rotors (as we mentioned) tend to crack too easily. The other reasons why they are preferred for high performance driving is because they are more durable.
Demerits of slotted rotors
Slotted rotors eat pads like crazy Unless you’re into performance racing and are planning to put a lot of braking stress onto your vehicle, odds are the cost in brake pads will not be worth the rotor longevity of slotted rotors.
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