Buying Brakes and Brake Parts

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Brakes are a serious safety item and to get the best from your car and avoid a possible accident you need to treat such items and the servicing of them with great respect.
The modern petrol engine car can generate up to 400 horsepower with 2 tons of metal travelling at speeds of over 110km per hour. The heat generated in stopping a car from such speeds is enough to heat up 7 gallons of water to boiling points so that indicates the amount of energy that is transformed by auto brakes into heat when you use the brakes hard.
Braking hard like this shows up the quality of cheap and nasty auto brakes in a flash when brake fade and even complete loss of brake effectiveness can occur. Modern auto brakes consist of a hydraulic brake system employing four brake rotors and four brake calipers all inter connected and balanced. Temperatures of the brake pads alone can pass 1000 degrees in heavy braking and brake fade on cheap auto brakes can be as low as at 400 degrees.
There are numerous ways to service auto brakes, many people who have a reasonable degree of mechanical skills do this at home in fact DIY fitting of auto brakes is one of the largest segments of vehicle servicing. Modern aids such as install video’s are available and can be found on the internet on sites such as You Tube or Brand Websites.
There are also national chains of brake fitting stations who fit auto brakes and whilst some are better than others these do about 80% of the work on auto brakes in most modern countries. Other people servicing auto brakes include independent service centre’s, main dealers and about 8-10% of them who use the home install method.
Much of the home install customers fitting brake pads at home have chosen to do so as the types of parts they want are simply not available at chain stores. Every service shop will recommend and try to sell to you what he has on the shelf, cant blame them for that but are these really a quality of auto brakes you know or can depend on, maybe not.
So the next time you need new auto brakes on your car try the internet route and you may be pleasantly surprised. If you buy auto brakes of the desired quality online at least you know what you are having fitted if you purchase the parts and take them to a local garage for installation.
There are lots of ways to get what you need from the internet these days, the internet is making the buying of any product especially auto parts a level playing field. With brakes where some degree of skill and care is required to the job done right it is wise to use the guidance of things like installation help which is available online or some very good instructional videos are available on You Tube or manufacturers websites.
Proserv Auto Parts recommends always using a trusted brand name for brakes as these components are critical for not only your safety but the safety of other road users as well.
(Article sourced from EBC Brakes and edited)

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