When learning to drive; learning how and when to apply the brakes is as important as learning how to start a car. Today, the increased number of cars and ill management of traffic cause tons of mishaps, and brakes are an important fragment in this case. Hence, owning the correct set of brake kit becomes a necessity.
The modern brake systems consist of various parts, each performing a specific function and having a particular lifespan. They need to be repaired and replaced occasionally to ensure proper functioning.
Here are the six most important parts of a brake kit.
- Brake Rotors: This is one of the most important parts of a brake system. The brake pads press against the rotors and cause them to slow down, which points out the brake pads are dependent on it for functioning. The lifespan of these just like anything else depends on their quality. They last until the padding is worn down to the metal “shoe” part of the metal pad.
- Brake Clippers: The brake clippers are where the brake pads, brake pistons, and brake fluid are equipped. They can be fixed or floating and are crucial for the creation of friction which in turn slows down the brake rotors or disks. The lifespan of these rely upon the active usage of your car or it may break down. They generally last longer with correct maintenance.
- Brake Pistons: Pistons create friction by rubbing against the brake pads. They are activated by brake fluid. They usually come in one pair but there can be more. The pistons can erode or stick and their lifespan is similar to that of the clippers but can vary.
- Brake Drums: Drums are hollow and turn with the wheel, but they are slowed down by the brake shoes instead of brake pads. They have been designed to last longer (generally over more than 10,000 miles) as compared to other components. Drums are prone to fading.
- Brake fluid: This activates the piston. Without sufficient brake fluid, the entire functioning can go wrong. It is designed to handle extreme temperatures. But a regular flush and replacement is recommended. (Every 20,000 miles or 2yrs)
- Brake lines: Brake fluid is carried to the brake wheels from the master cylinder through these. These are made from stainless steel and rubber.
These are the most important parts but there are many more involved in a brake kit, which can be found at CrossDrilledRotors.ca.