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There are many different types of braking components. The may include

  • Brake Adjuster Kits
  • Brake Fluids
  • Brake Calipers
  • Brake Hoses
  • Brake Discs
  • Brake Drums
  • Brake Pads
  • Brake Shoes

All of which have been relentlessly tested prior to leaving the factory to ensure that you, as a customer are getting the best possible brand and the best possible price. We also offer a range of Trade Branded options on all of our part, giving you the piece of mind that your not going to break the bank.

 

Below you can find out the role each part plays in the safety and functionality of the vehicle, and why it is so important to maintain your vehicle efficiently and correctly. Click the drop down boxes for more information


Brake pads are a component of disc brakes used in automotive and selected other applications. Brake Pads are steel backing plates with friction material bound to the surface that faces the disc brake rotor. When the brakes are hydraulically applied, the caliper clamps or squeezes the two Brake Pads together into the spinning rotor to slow / stop the vehicle. When a Brake Pad is heated by contact with a rotor, it transfers small amounts of friction material to the Brake Disc, turning it dull grey, and slowing the vehicle down.

Here at Car Spares we do take safety seriously, Which is why we only offer the best possible Brake Pad solutions for your vehicle.

** Please Note - Many manufacturers recommend you change the Brake Discs and Brake Pads at the same time **

There are a few main benefits of changing your Brake Pads and purchasing them from Car Spares LTD, and regular maintenance of your Brake Pads should be one of your main priorities if you want to keep your car in good condition.

  • Safety - Almost every mechanic would recommend you check both front and rear Brake Pads every year or approximately every 11,000 miles, depending what comes first. All of our Brake Pads are vigorously tested prior to leaving the factory, to ensure the highest specifications and standards are met. Safety is the most important thing to you and your fellow passengers
  • Save Money On RepairsNot only that you will be safe on the road when your brakes are functioning, but you will also save some money on costly repairs. Brake Pads and Brake Discs should be maintained to prevent other repairs which could end up costing a fortune
  • Longer Vehicle Life Span - Since Brake Pads are more prone to repairs, it is advisable to keep your eye on both the Brake Discs and Brake Pads and make sure they are working correctly and efficiently

 

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Brake Discs are a component of brakes used in the automotive and selected other applications. Brake Discs are steel circular plates which connect to the wheel hub and when the brakes are applied, the vehicle slows down

There is a few things to consider when selecting your brake discs. Firstly are you looking at the correct ones ? A few major differences if you are presented with 2 different options are :

  • Diameter of the Brake Disc - our measurement are shown in mm, unless otherwise specified.
  • How many wheel studs are there ? usually there are 4 or 5
  • Is the disc you need Vented or Solid ?

 

** Please Note - Many manufacturers recommend you change the brake discs and pads at the same time **

There are a few main benefits of changing your brake discs and purchasing them from Car Spares LTD, and regular maintenance should be one of your main priorities if you want to keep your car in good condition.

  • Safety - Almost every mechanic would recommend you check both front and rear brake pads every year or approximately every 11,000 miles, depending what comes first. All of our Brake Pads are vigorously tested prior to leaving the factory, to ensure the highest specifications and standards are met. Safety is the most important thing to you and your fellow passengers
  • Save Money On RepairsNot only that you will be safe on the road when your brakes are functioning, but you will also save some money on costly repairs. brakes should be maintained to prevent other repairs which could end up costing a fortune
  • Longer Vehicle Life Span - Since brakes are more prone to repairs, it is advisable to keep your eye on them and make sure they are working correctly and efficiently

 

A Brake Caliper is part of the disc brake system. When you press the brake pedal, the brake fluid flows from the master cylinder to the calipers. Brake fluid then applies pressure on the piston inside the caliper, pushing the brake pads against the discs causing your vehicle to slow/stop. Cars can have either 2 or 4 calipers, You can find out this information easily, If the car has brake discs on all four tires, then it will have four calipers (2 front and 2 Rear) . If the car has two brake discs and two brake drums, then it will come with two calipers in front, and 2 brake shoes positioned at the rear. The calipers can become rusty or contaminated and start to leak brake fluid as time progresses. Brake calipers absorb a lot of heat generated from the braking system, which is understandable due to the gross amount of friction which is generated, and over time, this heat can destroy or weaken the seals inside the calipers. Caliper servicing is usually done as part of a brake service job.

 


Work on brake calipers would likely include new brake pads because if the calipers have been damaged over time, it is very likely that the brake pads are worn out.

Here at Carspares we do a huge range of brake pads in a variety of brands. Below, you can see the differences between the brands and a brief outline of the pad design

 

Brake Pad Information

There are a few subtle differences in the "Premium" and the "Trade Branded"Components. Essentially they are the same brake pad, but the "Premium" Ferodo ones are designed to last longer and will be suitable for all driving conditions such as:

  • Regular Motorway Driving
  • Regular Sudden Braking

The "Trade Branded" PPF Alternatives are still a very good trade branded brake pad, and will not cause any issue, they are perfectly fine for :

  • Regular Short Journeys
  • Little Mileage Per Day
  • Smaller / Less Powerful Vehicles.

 


What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Brake Caliper?

  • Abnormal squealing noise from brakes.
  • When braking, the car will pull hard left or right.
  • Braking feels soft and spongy (brake pedals are easier to push than usual, going all the way to the floor when stepped on).
  • Brake fluid is leaking (clear fluid on the driveway or on the wheels).

Our recommendation:

  • Keep up with the regular brake services as suggested by the manufacturer.
  • If you drive the car with thin brake pads or rotors, it will ruin the calipers.
  • Change the brake fluid on a regular basis (approx. every 30,000 miles).
  • If you notice a clear fluid on the tires or on your driveway and a change in the way the brake pedals feel (softer pedals), it is time to get the brake system inspected.

How to service your caliper

  • Remove and replace brake caliper and pads.
  • Inspect brake discs for wear and corrosion.
  • Inspect brake line hoses.
  • Replace brake fluid.
  • Re-check brake system for fluid leaks.
  • Bleed the brake system.
  • Torque wheels to factory specifications.
  • Check brake system performance.

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Other than brake discs, Drum brakes are one of two popular brake systems on most modern vehicles. They can be found seen on the rear of the vehicle whilst disc brakes operate the front. They do function similarly to disc brakes in that they're purpose is the stop the vehilce quickly and effectively. They have several features of Drum Brakes which make them unique.

Drum Braking System

These are the kit peices of a drum braking system.

  • Backing Plate
  • Brake Drum
  • Wheel Cylinder
  • Brake Shoe
  • Automatic Adjuster

How the Parts Work Together

When the brake pedal is applied, hydraulic pressure is sent from the master cylinder to the pistons. The master cylinder is the main component of the braking system and is different from the wheel cylinder which operates only one brake, this is why each vehicle will have a wheel cylinder on each side. The pistons are then pushed towards the brake shoes which pushes them against the drum, which needless to say, forces the vehicle to stop. After the brake pedal is released, springs cause the shoes to go back into place.

Wear on the Drum Brake

Similar to that of brake pads, the shoes are doing the most work in this system Over time, they wear down and eventually require replacing. If they are left on for too long, the drum may be damaged. In some cases, the brake drum can be salvaged and sanded down to fit new brake shoes.

Symptoms of issues with Drum Brakes

  • Less Responsive / Spongy brake pedals 
  • Noises coming from the rear brakes
  • Shuddering in the vehicle when pressing the brakes
  • Excessive rust, corrosion or damage on the brake drum