Brake pads are some of the components that are used in the making of brakes for the automotive industry, among other applications. The choice of the brake pads to use will depend on the car they are going to be used in and for what purposes.
The types of brake pads range from the soft ones to the really aggressive ones. Most of the cars that use the very aggressive brake pads are racing cars. In most cars, there is a specific brake pad that is recommended because it will be more efficient for use in the car. However you are free to change or replace the brake pad to suit your needs when driving the car. Let’s take a closer look about the things you need to know regarding brake pads.
1. Why You Need Backing Plates
In the brake system of every car, there are different parts of the system that work together in order to bring the car to a halt. A backing plate is a steel plate onto which a friction material is fixed. The function of the friction material is to stop the car by pressing itself against the wheel’s rotor. The union between these two systems is done by use of adhesives or mechanical means. The union made of the adhesive material is prone to breakdown due to continued harsh braking. This breakdown can result in separating the two systems completely, leading to failure of the pads to brake with ease. Another cause of this failure is the use of inferior quality steel. It is therefore important to ensure that the steel used is oiled, pickled or galvanized.
2. Advantages Of Using Galvanized Steel
There are many advantages of using galvanized brake pads. These benefits include:
– It has a better look.
– It produces less noise and is more efficient.
– It lasts longer and is not very easily affected by wear and tear.
– It is easily recycled thus friendly to the environment.
3. Effects Of Rust On The Brake Pad
Most of the rust that can be seen through the wheel can be easily wiped away. However, the effect on the brake pads that are not easily visible can be very disastrous. It leads to corrosion of the metal and causes it to rust. This is the main cause for the separation of the systems, leading to brake failure. It is important to change the brake pads early before they are completely destroyed by the rust to avoid a catastrophe due to brake failure.
4. Consequences Of Brake Failure
Brake pad failure occurs due to the separation of the friction and backing plates of the brake system. Brake pad failure can lead to instability of the braking system of the car. The car may also experience insensitivity where the braking system is not able to operate. This means that the car is not able to stop when you step on the brake and this may lead to accidents. Brake failure can be avoided by using galvanized steel. Poor quality steel or steel that has not been painted is prone to corrosion and hence lead to brake pad failure.
The brake system of cars is mainly made up of two components, the brake pads and the backing plate. The union of these two components can be made by using either adhesive or mechanical means. The use of adhesives to forge the union is discouraged because the adhesives are prone to wearing out due to friction. The steel used should be galvanized to prevent rust which can also lead to brake pad failure. Consider seeing a specialist in automotive braking, because when it comes to brake safety, you should never take a gamble.