Years ago, your dad might have told you that “pumping” the brake pedal was a good idea on wet or slippery pavement, so you could maintain control of the
vehicle without locking up any of the wheels and sending the car into a skid. Well, that’s some pretty outdated advice today.
Every vehicle now features antilock brakes (ABS), which greatly in vehicle control during an emergency stop. ABS brakes use a sensor at each wheel to monitor the wheel’s rotational speed. That information is then sent to a processor; if any wheel is in danger of going into a skid, the processor meters braking (through a system of pumps and valves) to reduce braking effort to that wheel. This is a cycle that happens hundreds of times per second, with the ABS system essentia ...[more]
The mechanics of how disc brakes function haven’t changed much for a long, long time. Sometimes, at Tire Central and Service, we run across customers who
have some misconceptions about how they work, or about “innovations” in brake design that aren’t really worth it. Here, we’d like to clear up some of those myths:
Q: I see sports sedans and coupes from time to time with holes drilled through the rotors. Is there an advantage to this?
A: Really…no. The idea of drilled rotors is to (in concept, at least) provide better ventilation and disperse heat. In practice, though, those evenly-spaced ...[more]
by: Mat Johnson
It's very important to your vehicle’s braking system that you maintain your vehicle’s brake lines and fittings. This is especially important for those who live in an area that has winter seasons. It's especially important for cold winter areas, because the salt and moisture from the winter roads can cause serious erosion in your vehicle’s brake lines and fittings. So, checking your brake lines and fittings will help prevent any serious issues with your braking system in the future.
Brakes are the most important feature on a vehicle. There are several different key elements of the braking system that keep it functioning correctly. These parts include the rotors, calipers, brake pads, brake fluid, and the brake lines and fittings. The brake lines and fittin ...[more]