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An Overview of Antilock Brakes

An Overview of Antilock Brakes

Most of us will be familiar with the term Antilock Brakes (ABS). However, many do not know much about the working and other details of this type of braking system. Below is a quick look at ABS and how they work.[...]



A Guide on Upgrading Brake Systems

A Guide on Upgrading Brake Systems

If you’re planning to upgrade the brake system of your car to performance brakes, you should know that there are many performance brake manufacturers out there. Choosing one can be a bit difficult if you do not know the basics; of course the primary function of any braking system is to slow down the wheel rotation to stop the vehicle, and the kinetic energy of the vehicle is converted to thermal energy and in turn, the system produces a lot of heat. Therefore, while looking for performance brakes, you should take into account the efficiency of the braking system to convert energy and how it deals with the heat produced.[...]



The Importance of Keeping Your Brake Shims Well Lubricated

The Importance of Keeping Your Brake Shims Well Lubricated

Brake shims are meant to minimize the noise that is produced when you apply the brakes. These are essentially adhesive pads constructed out of either metal or rubber, which go between the brake pads and calipers. The shims are capable of adjusting to any special discrepancies here, and make sure little to no noise is produced. The most you would hear out of the caliper-pad pair is a bit of rattling.[...]



Potential Problems with Replacing your Car’s Brakes Yourself

Potential Problems with Replacing your Car’s Brakes Yourself

A lot of people prefer replacing their car's brakes by themselves and have enough expertise to pull this off with minimal complications. Even for someone not so proficient in the area, it is possible to gain the correct know-how from a source that they trust, and achieve basically the same result. The approach sure saves a ton of money each time, but like with most things of this scale, it can easily go wrong if you do not know what you are doing.[...]



Different Cooling Vanes Found in Ventilated Rotors

Different Cooling Vanes Found in Ventilated Rotors

These days, you find plenty of vehicles fitted with ventilated brake discs which allow for superior heat dissipation, and consequently, better braking. The heat that is generated during braking gets stored inside the disc, and then vented into the surroundings through forced convection. The design of the rotor holds significance when it comes to achieving proper cooling.[...]



A Pro/Con Comparison of Ceramic and Metallic Brake Pads

A Pro/Con Comparison of Ceramic and Metallic Brake Pads

When it comes to brake pads, like brake drums, they come in multiple different types that you could choose for your car. While every manufacturer uses their own particular blend of materials to make brake pads, the basics stay much the same. Among auto enthusiasts, there is the long-running debate on which material is best for each driving style. Below is a comparison between the ceramic and metallic brake pads types.[...]



Ceramic vs. Semi-Metallic Brake Pads

Ceramic vs. Semi-Metallic Brake Pads

Take any vehicle that is intended to be driven, and it would be unmanageable without properly functioning brakes fitted inside it. These days you typically have disc brakes in most modern cars, which comprise brake pads that wear down with use. How often these need to be replaced, is one of the factors on which to base your choice of brake pad type. You can get a semi-metallic, metallic, or ceramic brake pad based on your driving style and braking needs. Following is a look at the ceramic and semi-metallic types differ from each other.[...]



3 Reasons Why Drums Brakes are Still Around

3 Reasons Why Drums Brakes are Still Around

The brakes in a vehicle are easily among the most important parts to its functioning. Despite most of the world having moved on to the more efficient disc brakes, older drum brakes are still in use in lots of modern cars. Below is a look at why that is the case.[...]



Checking your Car’s Brake Lights

Checking your Car’s Brake Lights

The brake lights on your car are a way to signal other drivers your intentions and tell them what you are about to do. It is essential that these work properly, in case you need to slow down for any reason while avoiding getting rear-ended. There is also the fact that faulty brake lights can get you a traffic ticket. You can avoid all that by the testing these things every now and then, and especially before the low-light time of the year sets in.[...]



Choosing Brake Rotors to Match your Driving Style

Choosing Brake Rotors to Match your Driving Style

Different people drive differently. Some like keeping it slow and methodical up until they turn off the engine, while others prefer making their cars dart down the road like a bat out of hell. Legality and safety aside, you need the right kind of brake parts – especially rotors – to get the most out of your preferred driving style. Below is a detailed comparison of the common rotor types.[...]



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