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  • How to Clean Rust Off of Calipers

    How to Clean Rust Off of Caliper

    Rust can be cleaned from car brakes and calipers.

    When the brakes on your car have been exposed to winter weather and road salt, the brake calipers can begin to rust. Once rust appears, it will continue to eat away at the metal until the calipers go bad and need to be replaced. Clean the rust off of your brake calipers before it causes permanent damage.

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    Move the car to a garage or other enclosed area where you can work.

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    Raise one corner of the car up off the ground with a car jack. Set a jack stand under the frame to help support the vehicle.

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    Remove the wheel from the vehicle using a tire iron or an air gun to loosen the lug nuts. Take off the tire and set it aside.

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    Lay down on an automotive creeper and wheel it under the vehicle to examine the brake caliper. Identify the areas of surface rust.

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    Slide out from under the vehicle and insert a wire brush attachment into a power drill.

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    Wheel the automotive creeper back under the vehicle and use the drill, with the wire brush attachment, to remove the rust. Press the trigger on the drill to spin the wire brush attachment.

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    Wipe of the caliper with a damp rag or cloth to remove any dust and dirt from the caliper. Spray the caliper with caliper paint. This will help to protect the caliper from rust and heat.

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    Remove the jack stand and release the car jack to lower the corner of the vehicle.

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    Repeat this process on the opposite side of the vehicle to clean the rust on the other front brake caliper.

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  • How to Fix Squeaky Brakes

    How to Fix Squeaky Brakes

    Squeaky brakes are a common automotive nuisance, but fortunately, it's a fairly easy and affordable fix.

    FLICKRINTIAZ RAHIM

    Squeaky brakes are a common automotive nuisance, but fortunately, it's a fairly easy and affordable fix.

    It's the first nice day of summer; you've taken the convertible out of winter storage and you're ready to hit the road. The stereo is cranking sweet guitar riffs as you cruise the beach, but for some reason, the feedback on Wayne Kramer's ax (Motor City 5, for the uninitiated) starts to sound more like the drone string on Ravi Shankar's sitar. And that's not good. Changing tracks, you find that same droning noise, and it isn't coming from your high-end stereo—in fact, it's your brakes. They are squealing. By the time you get back home, the noise has become so shrill it makes the dog hide under the porch and bark. The brakes seem to work just fine, but any application of pedal immediately makes the noise louder. Owww, it's hurting your ears. Time to check the brakes.

    Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

    Let's make one thing clear right up front: Sometimes your brakes will make noise. If you expect supreme silence or expect your mechanic to make your brakes totally mute in every circumstance—that just may not be possible. Relax, don't worry. A squeaking brake can stop a vehicle as quickly as a quiet one.

    So what makes the squeal, then? Modern brakes use a cast-iron disc squeezed between two brake pads lined with friction material. Under the right conditions, the disc, the pads and the caliper they're mounted in can start to vibrate—in exactly the same way a violin's string vibrates when stroked by the horsehairs on the bow. The violin's pitch is controlled by the position of the violinist's finger on the string, not by how hard or fast the bow is stroked. Similarly, most brake squeals occur at a single discrete frequency. The speed of the vehicle and how hard you press down on the left pedal will only change the volume of noise, because the pitch is controlled by the stiffness and mass of the pad and disc.

    Inadequate development at the manufacturer that leaves brake systems prone to noise can usually be overcome by a Saturday mechanic without totally re-engineering the caliper/mount/pad/disc system. We can try to damp out the noise, or simply change the resonant frequency of the whole arrangement until it stops singing in any audible frequency. Here's how.

    Normal Brake Pad Noises

    Many brake pad compositions will make a swishing or grinding noise for the first few stops in the morning until the pads warm up and drive off any moisture they've accumulated overnight. Ever notice a hissing or grinding noise on some rainy or dewy mornings? It's the pads sweeping a thin film of rust that's formed on the iron discs, and it's perfectly normal

    In the past, brake pad friction material relied heavily on asbestos. Unfortunately, asbestos tended to give asbestos workers and brake mechanics lung cancer, so the industry has almost completely changed over to less dangerous alternatives. Kevlar is one material that's seen a lot of use, but it tends to be dusty. Improved brake performance is more important nowadays because of increased safety requirements and equipment—and the extra road-hugging weight that comes along with these. That leads to the increased use of metallics and ceramics in the brake pad friction material. And this stuff can make the brakes hiss or even grind a little as you slow down. It's a small price to pay for increased performance. So all pad noise is fine, right? Hold up there, Sparky, there's one brake noise you need to pay attention to right away.

    Many brake pads have a small finger of spring steel that will scrape on the disc as the pad reaches its wear limit. This tells you that it's time to change pads for fresh, thicker ones before the friction material wears completely away, and you're trying to slow down on the metal backing plates. It's a sound not easily confused with brake squeal—it's more of a ripping-sheet-metal noise, not a single, high-pitched note.

    Stop the Squeak

    Okay, let's dig in and silence our brake noise. One fix is to simply change pads to a different type of friction material. It's usually hard to beat the original-equipment pads for a good compromise of pad life, noise, grip, dust creation and price, but changing to an aftermarket premium metallic or ceramic pad just might change the interaction that affects the resonant frequency of the pad and disc and, literally, change its tune.

    Go into any auto parts store and you'll see a shelf full of potions and widgets claiming to cure squeaks. One class of products I'm leery of is simple aerosols that you spray onto the pad's friction material. I have no idea if they actually make the squeak go away, because I'm unwilling to try anything that changes the friction characteristics of the pad. Let's not forget, the first reason your brake system exists is, in fact, to make your car slow down. Anything that could reduce that system's effectiveness in any way is probably not a good idea.

    Still got noise? Or still have plenty of pad material remaining and don't want to drop fifty or a hundred bucks on a fresh set? You may be able to decouple the piston acoustically from the pad by purchasing shims made of Teflon, which are intended to go between the pad and the caliper's hydraulic piston. I've tried those shims with middling success—sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Warning: Some calipers will not have enough extra travel in the piston bore to allow any shimming without making the brakes drag, at least with fresh, unworn pads.

    You can achieve a similar decoupling without Teflon shims by simply coating the back face of the pad's backing plates with high-temp brake grease or even antiseize compound. Unlike shims, this tweak won't last forever, as water and road dirt will wash it away eventually.

    We chose high-end ceramic-based pads for our brake job, hoping the different friction characteristics would cure the squeal. Surprise, the new pads came out of the box fitted with Teflon-coated shims already installed.

    How to Replace Your Car's Brake Pads

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    A Sticky Solution

    Our favorite tweak for squeaks relies on a different principle: Instead of using shims or lubricants to decouple the pad from the caliper, stick the backing plate to the piston or caliper housing, effectively making its mass far larger. That will move the system's resonant frequency out of the range that squeals. A smear of Super Glue won't do it: You need something that will withstand the water, salt, filth and especially the heat that cars see in hard everyday use. How hot do brake systems get? I've seen brake discs glowing bright orange at the bottom of Pikes Peak, and flames shooting out of the brake drums of trucks descending Donner Pass. I've seen the brakes on my own race car visibly glow right after a few hot laps.

    I've used several products over the years, but they're all basically anaerobic adhesives, applied as either a lipstick-style film or a toothpaste-style goo. The application of this product is simple: Remove and clean up the old pads, or use new pads. Clean the area on the piston and caliper where the pad backing plate touches. Apply the anti-squeal adhesive, reinstall the pads and button up. These anaerobic products will stay gummy until you apply the brakes and squeeze out the oxygen. Then they stick like, well, glue.

    Whenever you're installing any brake parts, be sure you remove any corrosion or road dirt from the mating parts—the brake pad or caliper housing needs to be able to slide in and out to compensate for wear. Clean up any sliding parts, which may require a wire brush or a file, until you can push the pads in and out with your bare hands. I prefer to replace any brake hardware (especially on drum brakes) that isn't in perfect condition—hey, it's cheap insurance. Apply a thin film of high-temp brake grease to any sliding surfaces. Obviously, avoid getting anything like grease or antiseize on the pad or disc, and clean any greasy handprints off the disc surface before you hang the wheel on too.

    Brake Hardware Nitty Gritty

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    1. This is one product we've tried that usually works to bond brake pads to the caliper and reduce or eliminate squeal.

    2. This sheet-metal finger is just long enough to contact the disc when the pads are mostly worn out. The noise is calculated to make you replace the pads.

    3. Here are two different compositions of brake pads. The one on the left is the stock pad installed by the factory, with a high concentration of organic fibers and brass particles. The aftermarket pad uses less brass and more ceramics for longer wear and improved braking.

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    4. When installing new or old pads, sparingly coat all of the sliding surfaces on the pads, pins and hardware with high-temp brake grease. Use sparingly, and—duh—don't get any on the pads or discs.

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    5. File, sandpaper or grind any burrs, extra paint, rust or high spots off the pads, new or old, to be sure the pad will slide easily in and out as the brakes are applied and released.

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    6. Check out the raised areas—leftovers from the manufacturing process. We had to file down the steel backing plate on this aftermarket pad.

  • Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

    Do Your Brakes Squeak?

    Any squeak in your vehicle can be annoying, especially if it continues to get worse. Here are four common types of squeaks that come from the brakes—common problems that come through the shop everyday—plus a fifth (bonus) brake noise, a scraping noise. I hope I can help you understand what's causing your brakes to squeak.

    Four Common Types of Brake Squeaks

    Disc Brakes
    Drum Brakes
    Morning squeak from overnight rain, dew, or condensation moisture .
    Rear drum brake squeaks when shoe-to-backing-late contact points need lubrication.
    Thinning brake pads set off brake wear indicator squeak.
    Cheap brake pads with high metal content.

    Two Types of Brakes

    To make this discussion clearer I'll tell you that there are two types of brakes.

    • Most brakes today are disc brakes, where a pad presses against a disc or rotor to stop the car. The first three squeaks described here come from disc brakes.
    • Many cars have drum brakes on the back wheels, where a curved “shoe” presses against a hollow drum to stop the car. The last squeak here is made by drum brakes.

    1. Disc Brakes Squeak After Car Sits Overnight

    Most brakes squeak after sitting overnight. This is usually due to moisture from rain, dew, or condensation that collects on the surface of the rotors.

    When moisture collects on the brake rotors, it causes a thin layer of rust to form on the rotor surface. As the rotor turns, the pads scrape the rust off the rotors, and then the rust gets caught on the leading edge of the brake pad. These fine particles of rust then get embedded into the leading edge of the pad and cause a squeak.

    The only way to prevent this type of squeak is to garage your vehicle or store it in a climate-controlled environment. Rust on the rotors can also cause pad impressions on rotors, which in turn, cause a thumping noise or brake pulsation.

    Rust Embedded in a Rotor

    This rotor has actually turned blue from countless times the thin layer of rust has been scraped off by the pads.
    This rotor has actually turned blue from countless times the thin layer of rust has been scraped off by the pads. | Source
    The same rotor, close up;  you can see the rust  embedded in the metal.
    The same rotor, close up; you can see the rust embedded in the metal. | Source

    Noise From Rusty Rotors

    2. Thinning Brake Pads

    The brake wear indicator is another common cause of brake squeak. This sound starts when the brake pads are almost worn out and getting extremely thin. It’s a very effective warning that the that the brake pads are almost used up and need to be replaced.

    The wear indicators are little metal tabs made of hardened steel. The manufacturers attach wear indicators in different ways: welding them on, using a rivet, or using a push-on clip attached to the edge of the brake-pad backing. These steel tabs are designed to hit the rotor before the brake pad totally wears out, warning the driver that the pad material is getting very thin and is about to create a metal-to-metal situation. You don’t want to get to that point because it means ineffective braking, and metal grinding and scratching on the rotor can damage the rotor’s smooth surface.

    Wear Indicator Noise While Driving; Step on the Brakes and the Squeak Stops

    3. High Metal Content in Brake Pads

    Brake pads normally contain bits of metal, but some cheap brake pads are manufactured with very high metal content. They have large chunks of metal pressed into the pad material. These large pieces of metal drag on the rotor and cause a high pitched brake squeak.

    Since brake pads sometimes can last between 30,000 to 40,000 miles, you'll have to listen to this annoying sound for months. This is one reason to spend a few extra bucks on quality brake pads. Another reason, of course, is that your brakes stop the car and quality helps. Don’t let twenty dollars stand between you and an accident that could end up costing you a lot more money.

    To minimize squeaks from your brake pads, use brake pads with a high content of organic brake material (resin, rubber, Kevlar, fiber, or what-have-you). More organic brake material means fewer metal shavings in the brake pad, less squeaking, and less metal dust on your wheels. Metal particles in brake dust can discolor chrome or aluminum wheels.

    This brake pad has very fine particles of metal embedded in the organic brake material.  Particles this fine should not usually cause a brake to squeak.
    This brake pad has very fine particles of metal embedded in the organic brake material. Particles this fine should not usually cause a brake to squeak. | Source

    4. Drum Brakes That Need Lubrication

    Have you ever heard a squeak from the rear brakes after pushing on the brake pedal? This is a sure sign that the shoe-to-backing-plate contact points need lubrication. If these contact points lose lubrication, the metal will begin to rust. Once this happens the shoes will scrape against the backing plate, causing a rhythmic squeaking noise with the rotation of the wheels. Most new vehicles have disc brakes on all four wheels, but drum brakes are still used on the rear wheels of some cars.

    The best way to prevent this noise, or to repair it, is to keep the contact points lubricated, either with a high temperature anti-seize compound or a lube called Moly Paste 60. You use it on the back of brake pads and on all brake pad/shoe contact points, not on the brake pad or shoe surfaces themselves.

    If you're looking for a lube to use on the caliper slide pins, use a Hi-Temp Wheel Bearing Grease like Amalie. If you use high quality products when doing your brake jobs, the time spent doing the job will be well worth it. In the long run, you'll have longer-lasting brakes with no headaches.

    Honda HN 08798-9010 MOLY PASTE (M77)

    Honda HN 08798-9010 MOLY PASTE (M77)

    Moly Paste 60 is manufactured specifically for brakes, and will not melt or wash away. It comes in a small squeeze packet with all genuine Honda brake pad sets. I have used this for over 29 years on all my brake jobs, and it truly stops brakes from squeaking.

    Where to Lube Squeaking Drum Brakes

    Clean and lube these contact points if your drum brakes squeak.
    Clean and lube these contact points if your drum brakes squeak. | Source
    More contact points to lube on drum brakes.
    More contact points to lube on drum brakes. | Source

    Rusted Drum Brakes

    Moisture can cause a lot of damage. Look at this spring clip, it's completely disintegrated.
    Moisture can cause a lot of damage. Look at this spring clip, it's completely disintegrated. Source

    Bonus Noise: Scraping From Plate or Rock Hitting Rotor

    Scraping Noise From Wheel While Driving

  • How do you fix squeaky brakes?

  • How To Choose Best Rotors For Your Vehicle

    How To Choose Best Rotors For Your Vehicle

    While we love to speed our car and feel the air coming on our faces through the windows, we never know when we need to stop it all of a sudden. Suddenly a kid comes jumping over the roadora fallen tree is lying just past a bend or accident is on its verge to play its deadly game, a powerful and efficient braking system is much more important than the speed or acceleration.

    While Breaking System in cars or motorcycles constitutes a Brake Pad, used directly by the driver and given utmost importance while selecting, there is a much important part that is left ignored. On the one hand, where smooth and comfortable Break Pad is all we take care of, Brake Rotors are the one whichreally functions. Brake Rotors are the main component of Brake System which stops the car. Brake Pads clamp down to these Break Rotors which in turn stops the vehicle.

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    Selecting the right Brake Rotors (or Brake Discs) for your car can be a serious task when it will affect your lives and others too. An effective and quick Breaking System is a must and Break Rotors play the vital role in this process. Before selecting the best Rotors, you should be aware of the two types of Rotors for a start. Two types of Brake Rotors include:

    • Drilled Brake Rotors- Drilled Brake Rotors are discs having holes drilled, as the name specifies. Cross Drilled Rotorsoffers less surface area due to holes and hence are comparatively less efficient. Holes also weaken the basic structure and strength of the discs and therefore need to be made high in quality. Though, having these disadvantages, Drilled Brake Rotors are widely used because the less surface area offers a path to heat and loss and keep discs dry if rotors get wet.
    • Slotted Brake Rotors– Slotted Brake Rotors have slots like irrigation ditches,and they move unwanted materials out of their way. They are more durable than the drilled rotors and are therefore preferred for high-performance vehicles like speed bikes or high-performance cars. Though these are durable, still often Drilled Rotors are used because Slotted Brake Rotors tend to wear down the Brake Pads in short duration of time.

    Brake Rotors should be selected very precisely according to the needs. Where Slotted Brake Rotors are preferred for high-performance vehicles like Speed Bikes or Racetrack cars, Cross Drilled Brake Rotors are suitable for daily vehicle use and for street cars. You should be particular about your needs and how you are going to use the vehicle for choosing the best rotors. Consulting some expert or the seller will be the best option.

  • Why Investing in Great Quality Brake Rotors is Essential

    You never know when some kid or pet may jump in front of your car, or the driver in front of you realizes that he missed a turn. Accidents are always sudden and to save your life, as well as others, you need to be in proper control of your vehicle. Whether it be motorbikes or cars, you should be able to control it in any case of an abrupt and impulsive event. On one hand, where acceleration and power are important for a vehicle, the braking system is equally important to the other. As we know, Prevention is Better than Cure! You should never ignore your vehicle’s Braking System. Your Vehicle’s Braking System is not something which can be neglected, as it’s not just about the car, it’s about your own life!

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    Taking care of the brakes

    Though we spend a lot of time and capital taking proper care of our Brake Pad, from oiling to keep it efficient, we often neglect the presence of other parts. Braking System of a Vehicle includes more parts than just a Brake pad, Brake Rotors is one of them and is responsible for the stopping of the car! When we stack down to our Brake Pad, Brake Pad push down the Brake Rotors or Brake Discs, which in turn stops the vehicle. Therefore, an efficient and good quality Brake Rotorsis a must for the safety of your car, as well as your life.

    Types of brake rotors

    Brake rotors are of many different types and should be used according to needs and conditions. Two types of Brake Rotors include Drilled Rotors and Slotted Rotors. Cross Drilled Rotors are used for daily use vehicles and preferred in long-term regular use. These Rotors have holes drilled in the discs and hence this decreases the surface area, but make heat loss efficient and preventing discs from staying wet. Slotted Rotors, on the other hand, are more durable and used in high-performance vehicles like superbikes and race cars. They are more efficient, effective, stronger and durable compared to the Drilled Rotors.

    While Drilled Rotors are used in regular vehicles, Slotted Rotors are used in high-performance vehicles. Though, the need of these Rotors also depends on the terrain, requirement of the vehicle and other conditions in which vehicle is used. Use of Best Quality Brake Rotors are an important decision and need to be tackled carefully and precisely. You should consult an expert or your seller, to be sure about the right Rotor. But, please keep in mind, that Brake Rotors are not the stuff you can afford to be a miser about. Never ignore the quality and requirements of your vehicle’s Brake Rotors, as it can cost you your life!

  • How CrossDrilledRotors.ca is transforming the brake performance of vehicles in Canada?

    Hassle free driveways, readily available parking spaces and a good company, are a few things that make your drive smooth. There is one more thing that we often forget to heed, a good braking system. It is so vital that even Flintstones did not forget to have one!

    Why does one need a good braking system?

    We need one because the world is full of amateur racers without the required license or the skill and control. Let us be a little reasonable in understanding that it is perfectly typical for people like these to confuse a driveway with a racing track, and while we cannot vouch for their driving we definitely can for CrossDrilledRotors.ca performance brakes to equip our vehicles with a reliable braking system.

    When it comes to your car’s maintenance needs, one of the most important things you need to keep an eye on is the braking system. Brakes are probably the most crucial component of your car when thinking about vehicle safety. If you cannot stop in time, you could end up in an accident. After establishing how important brakes are let us now ponder upon why you should consider CrossDrilledRotors.ca over all others.

    Know about the company

    CrossDrilledRotors.ca is a premier source for replacement and high-performance brake parts online in Canada. Their mission is not to sell but to help their customers. They are one shop stop for all high-quality products for car, truck or SUV at low prices. With customer satisfaction their prime importance, they continuously ensure that shopping experience is smooth, pleasant and more importantly highly secured.

    With their extensive inventory of premium brake products, one can be certain to find the right brake kit that your car, truck and/or SUV deserve. Let us look into what makes their brake systems the best.

    • High quality, brake kits :

    When buying your brake system online, you need to be sure of the quality being offered and of all things promised by CrossDrilledRotors.ca quality floats above all, proofs of which can easily be seen through customer reviews.

    • No squeaking or squealing sounds :

    One can only imagine the irritation a sound like this brings to your comfortable drive. And when dwelled upon the reason of these sounds you might come to know that this sound is a warning that your brakes are worn out. But with CrossDrilledRotors.ca  you can be sure our team in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario will give you the best experience.

    • Large Inventory:

    With a massive inventory of premium brake products, you can be confident to find the right brake kit that you and your car, truck and/or SUV deserve at CrossDrilledRotors.ca. From simple replacement brake rotors to black-coated slotted and cross drilled rotors,they have the product you are looking for at the price you want with easy and free 2-way shipping!

    This advanced technology you experience at  CrossDrilledRotors.ca provide better braking, quieter braking, less braking effort, longer life and definitely enhance your driving experience. So Increase your braking power and the look of your car all while saving money, only with CrossDrilledRotors.ca!

  • Why brake parts are instrumental for the performance of your vehicle?

    Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. Inspecting your brake parts for any wear and tear damage might help keep your passengers safe by only spending some money before any real damage that might come out to be costly.

    The CrossDrilledRotors.ca brake parts are very important components of any car’s braking system. You know when to press the brake and the car eventually stops. However, it is important to renew your vehicle’s brake parts quite regularly because they might wear down after a certain amount of time. And hence, you need to know that how instrumental the brake parts are for your safety and good performance of your vehicle.

    Maintain your brakes

    Usually wearing down of your brake parts boils down to a number of factors which might include your car’s model number etc., how often/hard you press the brakes and how regularly you get them checked/serviced which should be done periodically.

    Squealing or squeaking sound which the brake parts’ wearing down creates is quite disturbing and also not safe because every time you press the brakes, the metal that comes out of the brake pad will be in constant contact with your wheels. Hence, brake parts should be replaced regularly. Older vehicles mostly have an alarm system that allows you to know when your brake parts need to be replaced. If you’re not responsible enough, to replace the brake parts even after persistent screeching noises, the disturbance created might get you into an accident. Hence, good quality well maintained brakes are crucial for both performance and safety.

    Why do you need brake pads

    Without the brake pad, you’ll be stopping your car with metal-on-metal friction, which can warp your wheel, damage your brake system, and require an expensive repair.

    Never overlook the importance of safe braking. We need to focus both on driver and vehicle fitness. If we are not caring for the vehicle components required for safe braking we are not only causing damage to the brake as a whole, but we are taking a big safety risk.

    Be sure to use a great deal of care when replacing your brake parts. It is recommended that you have your brakes checked each time your vehicle’s oil is changed – about every 10,000 kilometers. This quick inspection, paired with proper maintenance of your brake pads, will prevent problems down the road, ensuring the safety of you and your family.

  • Why Performance Brakes Are Vital For Your Vehicle

    Why Performance Brakes Are Vital For Your Vehicle

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    Brakes are the most safety critical part of any moving vehicle and in the case of cars and motorcycles quite often when brakes are used in anger, standard is just not good enough. The sport street use or track day and race use of motor vehicles and motorcycles has led to a need for higher performance brakes such as disc brake pads and brake rotors or discs.

    So what does high performance mean and how do we measure this performance? Brake pads which are made of blends of petro chemical resins and other ingredients are made to a budget by car builders and are one of the first thing to be changed on a vehicles brakes when users are involved in sport or race use. A CrossDrilledRotors.ca high performance brake pad will be one which has good friction level and pedal feel on first application and can hold this level of performance throughout the whole braking cycles. Brakes must not “Fade” or fall on in performance under the heat of braking. Not only must high performance brakes work effectively under heat and load they must have good durability. Additives such a copper or coke is blended into pads used on high performance brake systems to enhance durability.

    Since, some irresponsible people do rash driving or drunk driving and hence to avoid accidents, crossdrilledrotors.ca performance brakes are very important. In this age when accidents are quite frequent, performance brakes are needed for hassle-free braking system in our cars.

    Ideally, you’ll want to bed in your brakes and drive on a wide road, but using common sense here, you might need to stop-find an animal midway or something like that.

    These are several things need to be kept in mind for safety in every vehicle and quite clearly, crossdrilledrotors.ca performance brakes is one of them.

    Why would you need Performance braking?

    There are two primary reasons why you’d need to improve the braking performance of your vehicle:

    1. Lack of stopping power

    The vehicle does not have sufficient brake torque to lock up the wheels at the speeds it travels (or get close to locking up the wheels, providing the maximum deceleration forces).

    1. Excessive brake fade

    The vehicle experiences brake fade after certain durations of brake use, and loses braking capabilities as a result. Prolonged braking (such as on a track) can lead to brake fade as a result of improper brake cooling.

  • 8 things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

    The Toyota Land Cruiser is a dinosaur living in modern times. It roams the roads and off-road trails with zero regard for time marching on, and yet it retains its legendary status in the automotive landscape.

    For those who aren't intimately familiar with the Land Cruiser, it can be confounding as to why automotive enthusiasts continue to be infatuated with this relic.

    After spending a week with a 2017 example, I have come up with eight things you need to know about this aging SUV with a cult-like following.

    2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

    2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

    2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

    2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

    It's like the '90s today

    If you miss cars from the 1990s, the Land Cruiser should be on your shopping list. It feels like a time capsule with some modern tech thrown in for good measure. Sure, it has a large 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlights, and modern active safety tech such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alerts, but it certainly doesn't feel new. Inside, its packaging is limited by its body-on-frame structure. Its interior layout simply can't match larger crossovers, or even newer body-on-frame SUVs in terms of flexibility and storage. The pinnacle of these packaging issues is the third-row seat, but more on that later.

    For Toyota Land Cruiser enthusiasts that feel the FJ80 was the pinnacle of the Land Cruiser series, good news: The current FJ200's front end makes the vehicle look like the FJ80's (1990-1997) great grandson.

    If you miss the old days, the Land Cruiser is happy to appease you, but if you want a vehicle that feels like it was designed in 2018, the Land Cruiser isn't it.

    The driving experience is also old-school, and that's our next topic.

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    Relaxed driving

    The Land Cruiser weighs in at a hefty 5,815 pounds, but with 401 pound-feet of torque and 4-wheel drive on tap, it offers strong acceleration when needed. This isn't a sporty vehicle, though, so it feels most at home when cruising down the road in a relaxed manner. In fact, it feels somewhat unnatural to try to hustle it, either in a straight line or around a corner. The ride is surprisingly comfortable given its ladder frame construction, but this beast wants to lean over in turns. Toyota does its best to remedy this issue with active roll bars that are part of its standard Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. The front bar is a massive 1.68 inches in diameter, and these bars can disconnect to allow for wheel articulation when off-roading. While the 8-speed automatic delivers smooth shifts in general, the 1-2 and 2-3 shifts can sometimes be sloppy, and this transmission can occasional get confused when pressed hard.

    2017 Toyota Land Cruiser2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

    Unstoppable

    With a large 5.7-liter V-8 producing 381 horsepower and the aforementioned 401 lb-ft of torque, the Land Cruiser has the power to climb whatever it is you need to climb. Couple this to a full-time 4-wheel-drive system, a chunky solid rear axle, enormous sway bars with a hydraulic disconnect system, big brakes, and a stability control program that is deeply integrated into its off-road package, and the Land Cruiser can pretty much go anywhere. Clearance? Not an issue with an approach angle of 30 degrees, and 9.5-inches of travel in the rear to help articulate the wheels over whatever you need. There's low-range for the 4-wheel-drive system, and the locking center differential can shift from 50 to 70 percent of the available torque to the rear wheels.

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