A car without a good braking system is a danger to both the operator and other motorists. Car manufacturers are meticulous when it comes to brake systems, since they are well aware of the dangers should the system fail. Although some motor vehicle parts are serviceable, the braking system certainly is not. Brakes must be checked and replaced at regular intervals.
Depending on whether the vehicle is operated by an experienced or by a novice driver, brakes may wear before or after the expected time. The purpose for which the vehicle is used, the frequency at which it is driven, and, the area in which it operates also affect the overall wear-and-tear on motor vehicle brakes. Vehicles operated in urban areas tend to need their brakes replaced more often than those driven in rural areas. This is mainly due to the density of traffic and traffic lights. Vauxhall Motors have been in the business of car manufacturing for many years, and fully understand the importance of having good brakes installed in cars. Below are some tips to guide Vauxhall car owners in buying the right brakes for their cars.
Tip #1: Know Your Brake Type
While it is logical to assume that all motor vehicle operators know the purpose for which brakes are used, not everybody knows that there are different types of brakes installed in automobiles. To purchase the right brakes for their Vauxhall cars, buyers must have some knowledge of the types of brakes, and a basic knowledge of how the braking system works. Specifically, they need to know the types of brakes installed in their automobiles. Each type of brake requires its own maintenance, hence the need to know the different types of brakes. There are three main types of brakes installed in automobiles: drum brakes, disc brakes, and power brakes. While parking brakes are in a different category, they are also an important part of the braking system.
The brake disc is usually made of cast iron, but can also be made from other composites. A disc brake slows the rotation of the wheel by friction, which it produces by forcing brake pads against both sides of the disc, which rotates as the wheel turns. The friction in turn causes the disc (and the wheel to which it is attached) to slow its rotation, and eventually to come to a complete stop, depending on the amount of force applied. Brake discs are connected to either the wheel or the axle, and, sometimes to both. Disc brakes are the most common type of brake, and are usually installed on all four wheels of the car.
The drum brake has a rotating drum, and similar to the disc brake, uses friction to slow or halt the vehicle. Friction in this case is achieved by a set of brake shoes or brake pads that presses against the drum. There are several descriptions of drum brakes. These include the clasp, the pinch drum brake, and the band brake. Each differs slightly in its operation
The parking brake (also hand brake or emergency brake) is a latching device used to keep the vehicle stationary, while parked or when the motor is running. It also prevents the vehicle from rolling when on an incline, or when the operator needs to use both feet to operate the clutch and gas pedals. This type of braking device usually consists of a cable that is directly connected to the brake mechanism on one end and a hand lever in comfortable reach of the driver. The lever may be located on or near the steering column or on either side of the driver at seat level.
In a few cases, the emergency brake is installed on the floor, away from the other foot operated pedals. Apart from knowing the types of brakes, there are other factors that car owners need to be aware of when buying brakes for their cars.
Tip #2: Understand the Various Brake Components
Many car owners are quite capable of changing their worn brakes, but still do not know the components of the braking system. Thus, they sometimes buy and install the wrong brakes, disregarding what appear to be miniscule differences, because they are unaware that each part has its own significant role to play. The sections below should help readers avoid such mistakes.
Brake plates are the base upon which the wheel cylinder is mounted. Brake shoes are attached to the brake plates in vehicles fitted with drum brakes. For the vehicle to stop, enough friction has to be created. To create this friction, the brake shoe must be firmly fitted, making brake plates an important part of the braking system.
Brake Pads and Callipers
In cars that use disc brakes, the job of the callipers is to create friction against the rotor, which slows the wheels and stops the car. This makes the calliper vital to the car's braking function. Although the brake pads are a part of the calliper, they deserve special mention. Callipers are made up of a pair of metal plates bonded together with frictional material. When pressure is applied to the brake, the pads have elevated frictional surfaces which have a slowing effect on the rotor, and can bring it to a complete stop.
Brake Pad Materials
Brake pads are made with various materials, and the material chosen should be selected based on the purpose for which the car is used. Brake pads used in domestic transportation may not be suitable for race cars, as the driver obviously travel at a higher speed when brake is applied. Ceramic is the most common brake pad material for domestic vehicles. Its popularity is due mainly to its noiseless braking. It also produces less dust, which keeps the wheels clean and slows the depreciation of both pad and rotor. Power stop brake pads are noisy, but they also create friction.
For race cars, noise control is not a priority; braking friction is most important. Brake pads for race cars are usually fabricated from semi-metallic and organic formulas. Semi-metallic brake pads are produced from a combination of metals, such as steel wool or wire, copper, and iron powder mixed with synthetic filters, and are sealed with friction modifiers.
Organic brake pads are made from natural fibres such as carbon, glass, rubber, or Kevlar. These fibres are bonded together with resin and filler materials. This type of pad does not react as fast when it gets hot, so it is not suitable for high speed cars. However, it is are much quieter than metallic pads, it is easier on the rotors, and it works well when cold, which make organic pads very suitable for domestic drivers. EBC Greenstuff Brake pads are intended to keep wheels clean under normal driving conditions, while providing excellent braking. However, EBC Yellowstuff pads are especially designed and treated for maximum use on high performance vehicles, such as race cars.
Brake rotors, also called brake discs or disc rotors, should be changed at the same time as the brake pads. The rotors are what the brakes clamp onto in order to create the friction needed to stop your car. Like brakes, there are different types of disc rotors. Slotted rotors have grooves or slots cut into the discs. This produces greater friction, while the grooves enhance the escape of gas from between the pads, keeping the discs clean and minimising brake fade.
Drilled rotors are mostly used on race cars and high performance vehicles. Cross-drilled rotors provide more grip and better venting by allowing more air to flow through holes drilled into the discs. In EBC and Stoptech brake rotors, the holes are drilled in a spiral, which allows more gas to escape and more air to flow through. Although many benefits are derived from drilled rotors, they are also susceptible to cracking, and should be examined frequently. EBC minimise cracking in their rotors through partial drilling.
Before ordering brakes, car operators need to certify the specific braking system installed in their cars. This saves both time and expenses. Buying and installing the wrong brakes not only affects the car's performance, but, may cost operators more in the long run. Incorrect brakes cause additional wear and tear, and can malfunction and cause an accident. A good braking system may be the difference between life and death on the motorways.
All cars are not designed with the same braking system. Technology changes lead to manufacturing changes, so operators should know the year, make, and model of their cars before buying brakes. For instance, the Vauxhall Astra MK4 front brake discs are slightly different from the Vauxhall Astra H 2004 front brake discs. If owners are not sure of the braking systems installed in their car, they should consult a mechanic. They may also consult the manufacturer, citing the year and model of their cars.
The best replacement for all car brakes are those designed and manufactured specifically for the company which make the cars themselves. When buying brakes for a car, owners should go for the genuine parts. The original manufacturers build their replacement parts to fit the original car specifications. They are the ones who can provide an accurate fit. Therefore, the best brakes for a Vauxhall car are, naturally, Vauxhall brakes.
Buyers should try to purchase brakes that have a proven track record of high performance and quality. While drivers need to check their braking systems at regular intervals, they do not always need to replace them that frequently. Braking fabrics differ, giving motorists a choice of quality brakes.
How to Buy Brakes for Your Vauxhall on eBay
Buying brakes for your car can take some time if you are searching for a specific type. eBay makes it easy to find the brakes you need. Buyers should simply go to the eBay home page and enter a search for car brakes in the search box. The ensuing results can be narrowed down further by filtering the search using several topics, such as year, make, model, and price.
Moreover, if you are searching for brakes for your Vauxhall car, you can dispel with some of the filtering process by simply typing the keywords into the search box. This generates only results that have to do with your specific needs. To make your search more specific and less time consuming, enter Vauxhall cars in the search field. The results filter only those that are specifically related to Vauxhall cars. You can now select the brakes you need, your preferred payment option, and complete your online purchase.
Motorists are often preoccupied with other mechanical problems their cars might develop and tend to overlook their braking systems. Depending on the horsepower or engine size, when fuelled, your car is able to go as fast as you want it to. However, it also needs to stop quickly and efficiently. Therefore, a good braking system is a necessity. Drivers should know the make and model of their cars, so as to purchase brakes that are compatible. They also need to be aware of the different types of brakes, and the materials from which they are made. An awareness of these factors helps buyers choose a compatible brake system that is both reliable and durable, which is important; the brake system is one of the most crucial safety systems of your automobile. Buying good brakes need not take a lot of time, since eBay makes shopping for brakes quick, easy, and efficient.