Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
What are the advantages of using large brake discs?
Answer: Brake discs with wider diameters allow for more heat to be absorbed and dissipated into the air, reducing the likelihood of warped discs due to overheating. In addition, the larger effective radius of bigger discs also leads to increased brake torque and greater fade resistance. However, it should be noted that larger brake discs are not for everyone. Huge consideration should be taken for vehicle parameters and the type of use the brake disc will experience. For example, because larger brake discs take longer to heat up, they must be configured to work effectively within the temperature range prescribed for the Honda Accord or else they will not work properly.
Is it better to install big brakes on the four wheels instead of just the Honda Accord's front?
Answer: Contrary to popular belief, installing a big Honda Accord brake disk and pad kit on all four wheels of the Honda Accord can actually do more harm than good. This is because the front brakes do most of the work when braking in most vehicles, and brake discs and pads sold today are typically designed around this configuration so as not to compromise the brake balance of the vehicle. Therefore, installing a big brake system on the rear wheels may result in decreased and highly unstable braking performance.
Why are some brake discs slotted and drilled?
Answer: The drilled and slotted surfaces of some brake discs sold today are more than just mere decoration. The edges of the lots and holes drilled on the disc actually clean the pad surface of brake dust, increase the bite of the brake, and prevent gases from collecting between the pad and disc interface. Drilled brake discs also tend to be much lighter, resulting in cooler operating temperatures and decreased rotational inertia.
Why is it important to "break in" brake pads?
Answer: Newly installed brake pads must undergo a "break in" procedure immediately as it is critical to the overall performance of the brakes in the long run. This is because a proper break of the pads creates an evenly distributed layer of friction material on the brake discs, leading to less vibrations and noise when braking and even wear on both the pad and the disc surface.