Brake Pads and Brake Rotors: Savers of Life by autopartsaus

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Bicycles, motorcycles, motor cars and trains, brake pads and brake shoes are critical parts of the braking system of all types of vehicles. We all know how the brakes work on bicycles.

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									                          Brake Pads and Brake Rotors: Savers of Life
It we don’t count heads on collisions or other accidents, perhaps more lives are lost worldwide due to
malfunctioned or failed brakes. Therefore, properly functioning braking system really saves the lot of
lives.

Bicycles, motorcycles, motor cars and trains, brake pads and brake shoes are critical parts of the braking
system of all types of vehicles. We all know how the brakes work on bicycles. When we press the brake
lever, hard rubber or plastic pads fitted on brake callipers rub on the rim of the wheel, which slows the
bicycle or stops it. The same principle works in almost all wheeled vehicles – a very hard friction material
rubbing against a moving part.

The purpose of brake pads and brake rotors is to help slow down the vehicle’s speed or stop it at the
right moment. Drum brakes were common until the 1970s but modern vehicles especially motorcycles
use disk brakes, which are more powerful. Drum brakes are still preferred in car's rear wheels as they
are more effective as a parking brake.

The disk brake system operates hydraulically. When we press the brake lever, the brake fluid activates
the push rod in the master cylinder, which pushes the piston in the calliper assembly, which in turn
presses the brake pads against the brake rotors fitted on the wheels. Depending on the pressure applied
to the brake lever, it either slows or completely halts the vehicle. If pressed too hard or too sudden, the
vehicle can skid or overturn.

For correct operation of disk brakes, ensure to replace brake fluid and worn out brake pads periodically.

								
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