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      Taking Care of Your Car's Braking System Can Prevent Accidents

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      A brake rotor is a vital part of the braking system on your
      vehicle. A brake rotor, in conjunction with brake pads, brings
      your car to come to a quick and complete stop. If you have a worn
      brake rotor, you should have it replaced as soon as possible for
      your own safety.


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      Taking Care of Your Car's Braking System Can Prevent Accidents
      Copyright (c) 2006-2010 Quinton Becker
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      A brake rotor is a vital part of the braking system on your
      vehicle. A brake rotor, in conjunction with brake pads, brings
      your car to come to a quick and complete stop. If you have a worn
      brake rotor, you should have it replaced as soon as possible for
      your own safety.

      When you apply your car's brake pedal, brake pads press down
      against the brake rotor. The rotor is part of the front wheel
      hub, and it stops the wheels from turning. Brake rotors are
      commonly referred to as "discs," and people often refer to cars
      with brake rotors as being equipped with "disc brakes."

      In recent decades, most cars have been equipped with a brake
      rotor at the front of the car. Some cars are also equipped with
      brake rotors on the rear wheels for added stopping power. The
      older alternative to a disc brake is the drum brake; some cars
      are still made with drum brakes on the back wheels. As with
      front-wheel disk brakes, rear-wheel disk brakes are added for a
      more acutely responsive braking system.

      After a period of standard wear, your car's brake rotors may
      need to be replaced. However, some conditions may wear down the
      rotors more quickly, calling for quicker replacement. For
      instance, if you allow your brake pads to wear down too far
      before you replace them, the brake pad can dig grooves into the
      rotors. These grooves must be repaired in order for your brakes
      to operate correctly. If your brake rotors have grooves in them,
      you can have them "turned" or resurfaced by a machine shop. This
      will remove the grooves and make the rotor itself thinner.

      Warped brake rotors will also require premature replacement.
      Brake parts grow extremely hot during normal operation. If you
      have been applying your brakes heavily and heating them more than
      usual, this rapid heating and cooling may cause them to warp.
      Heating of your brakes plus water, snow, or ice will also warp
      the rotor. There is an easy way to determine if your brake rotor
      is warped: you may feel a shuddering as you apply your brakes.
      This vibration usually indicates that your brake pad is pressing
      against an uneven rotor. When this happens, it is time to either
      have your rotor turned or replaced entirely.

      Most vehicles manufactured in the past five years or so have been
      equipped with composite brake rotors. It is strongly recommended
      that with these vehicles, you do not have the rotors turned.
      Turning these composite rotors will take the heat tempering out
      of them. It is best to simply replace the entire rotor in these
      this case, rather than trying to have it resurfaced.

      When replacing brake rotors, you face a variety of manufacturer
      options. You can choose to purchase Chevy parts if you own a
      Chevy, or you can go with aftermarket parts that often outperform
      the stock Chevy parts. The primary consideration is to make sure
      that all of your brake parts are compatible with one another.

      Finally, it is critical that you either replace or turn both of
      your brake rotors at the same time. Replacing one brake rotor and
      not the other can result in different heat dissipation rates -
      this will cause one wheel to stop turning sooner than the other,
      which could be very dangerous under hard braking circumstances.
      Remember that when you are working on your brakes. Your own
      safety should always come first - prompt response to any warning
      signs or problems is essential to the safe operation of your
      braking systems.

      When you are talking about your vehicle's braking systems, an
      ounce of prevention is certainly cheaper than a pound of cure.





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