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Things to Base your Brake Choice on

Things to Base your Brake Choice on

The brakes in your car are among the most important parts it will contain. The prime reason for choosing good brakes is that they afford superior safety for everyone inside a moving vehicle. When your original brakes wear out, as they eventually will, you will need to replace them with something that is compatible with the vehicle, and the same holds true for any brake accessories you may need, such as brake drums. Following are some of the basic terms you should pay attention to while choosing based on fitment. • Production Date: This is the year that they manufactured your vehicle. While the month of production is usually not needed, you may want that information for vehicles, which had a production split inside a single year, such as the 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX, for example. You can find the production date on a tag or sticker placed on the driver’s door jam, or by using the vehicle’s identification number (VIN). • Make and Model: The make of a car is the company that made it, such as BMW, Mercedes, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Toyota, or other. The model refers to the cars that these companies sell, such as Camaro, Mustang, Civic, Prius, etc. • Options and Packages: These are extra features which do not come as standard. Some car makers equip the car with larger brakes, for instance, and if that is the case, you should know about it. • Rotor Diameter: This is the outer diameter of your car’s brake disc. Some cars have three or four different options when it comes to size, and you should know which sizes your car is compatible with. • Wheel Hub Assembly: Located at the wheel’s center, the hub assembly contains the bearings and holds the parts of the wheel together. You may have a rotor as well as a hub assembly, either joined or separate. Aside from these, you also need to keep an eye on the trim level or sub-model of your ride. There are the different versions of car models that come with varying features and equipment. The 2010 Honda Civic, for example, comes in the following sub-models: LX, DX, EX, etc. DX is the entry-level sub-model, with the lowest price and the standard features. LX is mid-level, and carries some features the DX does not, like cruise control and power door locks. EX is the top tier sub-model, with features the other two lack, such as heated front seats and leather-trimmed upholstery.

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