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A Guide to Brake Rotors 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. Vehicle brakes maintenance involves more than just maintaining the fluid level and generally changing the pads. The brakes are a system that includes a part called a brake rotor. The brake rotors are vital to the brake system. Sometimes called brake discs, rotors are what the brake pads clamp onto in order to stop your tires and halt your vehicle. A lot of folks don’t give their brake rotors a second thought, not understanding that they’re just as important to the stopping power of their car or truck as the pads are. 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. The drilled brake rotors are one of the main types of high performance rotors. As their name suggests, they have holes drilled into them. Despite the concept of drilled holes on brake rotors aiding stopping vehicles being counter intuitive, the holes aid largely towards stopping vehicles.
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When a brake pad clamps down onto a rotor it creates a great deal of friction. Heat is produced as a result of the heat created. The holes found in the drilled rolors provide an outlet for the heat created and therefore reducing the chances of there being a brake fade. The holes have another advantage of releasing gas. The holes help to release water from the rotors in case 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. A drilled rotor makes it easier for that water to move away from the surface, letting the pads have an easier time of stopping the vehicle.
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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 advantages and disadvantages of slotted performance rotors The other type of performance rotors is the slotted rotors. Just like the drilled rotors have holes, these rotors have slots on their surfaces which facilitate releasing of water, gas and heat. 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. Durability is key for any high performance driver and hence resulting to them preferring these kind of rotors as compared to drilled rotors. Demerits of slotted rotors They eat up brake pads like crazy.It is therefore advised that unless one is into performance driving, drilled rotors should be used.