Having a vehicle is one thing, owning a vehicle is another. One of the most extreme aspects of owning a vehicle is to make sure your vehicle responds immediately you slam the brakes. Unfortunately, many drivers seem not to realize the importance of regular brake service until they find themselves sliding through a stop sign or rear-ending the vehicle in front of them.
It is undoubtedly unknown to drivers as well as vehicle owners that it is necessary to schedule a brake service at least once a year to ensure your vehicle come to a halt the very moment you hit the brake pedal, especially when unfortunate circumstances plague the roads.
Don’t get yourself all worked up with failing brakes when there are preventive measures to be taken initially.
Today, we will be feeding your consciousness with unknown facts about Brakes.
- The 1920 Duesenberg, an American luxury car with a “straight eight” engine, was the first production car with hydraulic brakes (using pipes and fluid rather than cables). In 1924, Chrysler brought the now universal feature to mass-produced cars.
- The legendary Dunlop-developed disc brakes that helped Jaguar win the Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1953 were then referred to as “plate brakes.”
- The 1967 Porsche 911S was the first production car to feature ventilated disc brake rotors. Now common, these rotors have cooling channels running between the two friction surfaces to give better cooling and therefore better resistance to brake fade during heavy applications.
- The most advanced brakes are found among Formula One racing vehicles.
- Under extreme conditions, the operating temperatures of modern braking components can average nearly 350°C, requiring that they need exceptional wear resistance, heat resistance and stopping capabilities.
- Harmful agents such as asbestos, lead and cadmium have been removed from modern brake pads. Today’s pads contain mixtures of fibers, fillers, lubricants and a binder resin.
- The mass of disc brake rotors has increased over recent years to improve noise suppression, smoothness and stopping performance.
- Considered to be one of the simplest parts of a car to manufacture at a time, today’s disc brakes are high-tech electronically monitored systems. Because the slightest shudder can confuse the car’s anti-lock braking system, tolerances need to be extraordinarily tight.
With all the aforementioned facts, it will be partial not to outline the possible signs of a failing brake. remember, when you notice any of the signs about to be mentioned, then its time to have your brake checked or changed.
- Loss of grip when braking
- The feeling of your car pulling left or right when braking
- A sloppy, soft or low brake pedal
- Shuddering through your steering wheel when braking
- Squeals, screeches and high pitched noises when breaking
- Your brake system warning light flashes
- Your car takes longer to stop than normal
- Maintenance Intervals
Don’t be ignorant about your car,it could lead to your death or inflict a life time injury on you. Life is meant to be enjoyed not the other way round.