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Heat and friction are the nemeses of your ride's braking system. Each time you step on the brakes, the friction causes the temperature of the brake systems' parts to spike up. This heat speeds up wearing and tearing of the brake parts. Aside from that, abrupt stopping can also wear out brake parts really fast. One part that takes brunt of the abuse is the brake disc. Brake discs are auto parts that the brake pads press together to stop the wheels. These days, two major types of brake discs are used in most cars: drilled brake discs and slotted brake discs. Drilled brake discs have holes that make harmful elements such as water, gas, and heat easy to remove from the disc's surface. Slotted brake discs, on the other hand, don't use holes; instead, they have slots engraved on the disc's flat surface. These slots, like the holes in drilled brake discs, help remove unwanted elements from the disc's surface. The most commonly used brake discs nowadays are the drilled variety because these are tougher and they don't wear out easily. But if you're into competitive racing, using slotted brake discs is the best choice. Slotted discs are more resilient to breakage, a common racing brakes problem. So if your ride's rotors have seen better days and aren't performing as well as they used to, get new ones from Auto Parts Warehouse. We offer different kinds of high-quality brake discs from various trusted brands. Place an order for your brake disc now!
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Got a worn-out brake disc? You should get a replacement soon. After all, it is your safety that could be at stake if you continue using your old brake disc. Make sure, though, that the new brake disc that you get will be just right for your car.
What is the brake disc for?
The brake disc, also called the rotor, is basically just a flat, round piece of metal that is attached to your car's wheel. It is the part of your braking mechanism that actually does the work of slowing down and stopping your vehicle.
A typical disc brake system consists of a rotor and a caliper with brake pads on two ends. When you step on your brake pedal, the caliper is activated, making the brake pads squeeze the brake disc. The friction generated between the pads and the disc slows down and eventually stops your car.
What type of brake disc to get?
Brake discs differ in design and in the material that they are made of. To make sure you get the right one, you should consider the way that you drive and whether you're going to take your car to the track or not.
If you're just looking to stay on the road and simply want a replacement for the stock rotor that came with your car, then a plain cast iron disc should do. It will do the job with no fuss and no drama.
However, if you plan to take your car to the track or if you want superior braking performance, we recommend that you look at cross-drilled and slotted brake discs.
Cross-drilled rotors have holes drilled right through them. The main purpose of the holes is to help dissipate the heat generated by the friction between the rotor and the brake pads.
Slotted rotors have long, shallow channels machined on their surfaces but not all the way through. Aside from heat dissipation, the slots also help keep your brake pads clean. Some discs are both cross-drilled and slotted.
If cost is not an issue, you could go for discs made using carbon ceramic composites. Unlike iron rotors, these discs are less prone to fading even under intense use.
What to look for in a brake disc
Rotors come in a variety of sizes, so make sure to get one that will perfectly fit your car. You should also get one that comes with a complete installation manual. Installing your new rotor by yourself will require some effort, but it will save you a pretty significant amount of money.
Finally, choose only products from established and trusted brands. That way, you'll be assured of excellent quality, performance, and durability.
Do-it-Yourself Brake Disc Replacement Tips
Like almost all other parts of your car, your brake discs will eventually wear out. One quick way to know if your rotors already need to be replaced is by feeling their surface. If you feel a deep groove that runs all the way around the disc, then it's time to change. You can also do a visual inspection of your rotors. If they're deformed or have too much rust on their surfaces, then you should replace them as soon as you can.
Read on to see the tools you need and the steps to follow when replacing a worn-out brake disc.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Socket wrench set
- Philips head screwdriver
- Before you start working, make sure your car is supported by jack stands and not just your typical tire-changing jacks.
- You will need to remove several nuts, bolts, and screws for this project. Make sure you set them aside in a safe place and in an orderly manner. You won't want to lose any of those.
Step 1: Use the lug wrench to remove your wheel's lug nuts then slide the wheel off. Set it aside in a safe place for the meantime.
Step 2: On the back of the brake caliper, you will find two or more bolts. Use the socket wrench to remove them. Hold the caliper from the top and gently pull away. Tap it lightly if it won't budge. Be sure not to disturb the brake line that it is connected to. Once removed, carefully set the caliper on the floor.
Step 3: You will now have to remove the carrier, which is the structure that holds the caliper in place. Like the caliper, it has two bolts on the back. Remove the bolts then remove the carrier.
Step 4: Using the Philips head screwdriver, remove the screw that holds the brake disc in place. Carefully slide the rotor off the wheel hub. Tap the disc lightly to loosen it up if it won't move.
Step 5: Slide the new disc into place and put the screw back in to secure it. Put everything else back in place starting with the carrier, then the caliper, and finally your wheel. Make sure you put back all of the nuts, bolts, and screws that you removed.
Just like that, you've got a brand-new rotor on your car.