To get the best of one's vehicle, maintenance is very important in order to keep it in good shape. This maintenance involves getting spark plugs and changing fitters and oil as well as keeping tire pressure up. When it comes to brakes, you understand that the brake fluid level needs checking and the pads need replacing and that's about it, right? Wrong
A brake rotor is a major component of the brake system. This component is very important to the brake system. The brake disc is the other name for the rotors and the brake pads clamp on to them so as to bring the vehicle to a halt. Despite their important role in stopping vehicles, most people do not understand the importance of regularly carrying out maintenance on them. This article shall look at the importance of the various of brake rotors available, their merits and demerits as well as on which vehicle types they could be installed.
Advantages and Disadvantages of using drilled brake rotors.
They make up the main type of high performance drilled brake rotors. Drilled brake rotors have holes. Though it might seem counter intuitive, drilling holes into a surface that's imperative to stopping your vehicle, the holes actually offer some really neat advantages.
It is important to understand that, when a rotor is clamped onto by a brake pad, friction is created. The friction created causes heat. If there is no outlet for the heat, it causes brake fade which lowers the brake's stopping power. Another good reason to fill your rotors full of holes is gas release. The holes also help in releasing water which could stick on the rotors when one is driving on a rainy day. When the rotor is wet, it becomes very hard for the brake pads to hang on and hence reducing their ability to stop the vehicle on time. When the brake system has a drilled rotor as one of its component, it becomes easier to let the pad clamp and therefore stop the car on time.
The bad side of the drilled rotors is that it leads to weakening of the system. Rotors with holes drilled onto them are already weak from the onset, therefore after a bit of stressful driving, it is very possible for them to crack.
The Good and the Bad of Slotted Performance Rotors
The second most popular high-performance rotor is the slotted rotor. Just as the name suggests, they have slots on their surfaces which releases heat, water and gas from their surface. These sorts of rotors are very popular with drivers of performance cars because they do a lot of high-stress driving and because of this, drilled rotors (as we mentioned) tend to crack too easily. The other reasons why they are preferred for high performance driving is because they are more durable.
Demerits of slotted rotors
These rotors tend to eat up brake pads very quickly. Unless you're into performance racing and are planning to put a lot of braking stress onto your vehicle, odds are the cost in brake pads will not be worth the rotor longevity of slotted brake rotors.