Brake failure has resulted in accidents over the years. That’s why it’s important for drivers to pay attention to their vehicle’s brake components by checking on them regularly. After all, it’s not just their lives that are on the line; there are also the lives of the people tagging along with them to consider. One component that should be periodically checked is the brake disc.
Installed on the wheel or axle, the brake disc works on stopping your vehicle from moving thanks to the friction it generates after it’s squeezed by the brake caliper and pads. It’s made from high-grade materials such as reinforced carbon or ceramic-matrix composites to keep it from succumbing to the heat produced when friction is generated.
Of course no matter how careful you are, the brake disc will eventually succumb to wear and tear. So to help you determine whether it’s time to bid them good-bye, here are some things you should be aware off:
- Squealing sounds every time you hit the brakes is your brake disc’s way of telling you that it’s about to go. So don’t take it lightly. Have it inspected and replaced if needed.
- The thickness of the brake pad’s lining shouldn’t be near the steel backing plate. If it is, replacement needs to be done to avoid brake failure.
- A brake disc that’s scored or unevenly worn-out should also be looked into. Either have your mechanic fix it by regrounding it or have it replaced if it’s beyond repair.
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