5 tips on buying brakes for your Vauxhall 0


A car with deficient brakes is a dangerous hazard both for the operator and other drivers. Car manufacturers are meticulous in the development and manufacturing of braking systems, as the consequences should they fail could be catastrophic. Many motor vehicle parts are serviceable, the brakes however are not. Here are some tips for Vauxhall drivers on buying the right brakes for your car.

1. Know your brake type. Everyone knows the purpose for which brakes are used. Not many people know however that there are many different types of brakes. To purchase the correct brakes for their vehicle, Vauxhall drivers should have some basic knowledge of the different types of brake available.

 - Disc brake. Usually made of cast iron. Slows the rotation of the wheel by friction.

 - Drum brake. Similar to the Disc brake. Also slows the car also by friction, but by using a set of brake shoes or brake pads that press against the drum.

 - Parking brake (also hand brake or emergency brake). This is a latching device used to keep the vehicle stationary, whilst parked or when the motor is running.

2. Understand the various brake components. Most car owners are quite capable of changing their worn brakes, but most are unaware of the actual components of the braking system. A result of this is that sometimes the wrong brakes are purchased and fitted, disregarding tiny differences, because they don’t realise that every part has its own important part to play. The following section should help readers avoid these mistakes.

- Brake plates. These are the base upon which the wheel cylinder is mounted. Brake shoes are attached to the brake plates in vehicles fitted with drum brakes. To halt the vehicles, enough friction has to be created. To do this, the brake shoe must be firmly fitted, making brake plates a vital part of the braking system.

- Brake pads and callipers. In cars that use disc brakes, the job of the callipers is to create friction against the rotor, which slows the wheels and stops the car. Although the brake pads are part of the calliper, they deserve a special mention. Callipers consist of a pair of metal plates which are bonded together with frictional material. When friction is applied to the brake, the pads have elevated frictional surfaces which have a slowing effect on the rotor, and can bring it to a complete halt.

- Brake pad materials. Brake pads are made with different materials, and the material chosen should be selected based on the purpose for which the car is used. Ceramic is the most common brake pad material. Organic brake pads are made from natural fibres such as carbon, glass, rubber, or Kevlar. EBC Greenstuff Brake pads are intended to keep wheels clean under normal driving conditions, while providing excellent braking. However, EBC Yellowstuff pads are especially designed and treated for maximum use on high performance vehicles, such as race cars.

- Brake rotors. Brake rotors, also called brake discs or disc rotors, need to be changed at the same time as the brake pads. The rotors are what the brakes clamp onto in order to create the friction needed to stop your car. Like brakes there are different types of disc rotor. Slotted rotors have grooves or slots cut into the discs. This produces greater friction, while the grooves enhance the escape of gas from between the pads, keeping the discs clean and minimising brake fade.

- Buying brakes for your Vauxhall. Before buying brakes for your Vauxhall, customers need to certify the different braking systems used in their cars. This saves both time and expense. Buying and installing the wrong brakes will not only affect the car’s performance but may end up costing more in the long run. Incorrect brakes cause additional wear and tear, and if they fail, could cause an accident. A good braking system may be the difference between life and death on the motorways.

3. Select appropriately for your car model and year. All cars are not designed with the same braking system, even if they are the same model. For example, the Vauxhall Astra MK4 front brake discs are slightly different from the Astra H 2004 front brake discs. Customers should consult either the manufacturers or a mechanic if in any doubt.

4. Buy genuine brand parts. The best replacement for all car brakes are those designed and manufactured specifically for the company which makes the cars themselves. When buying brakes for a car, owners should always use the genuine parts.

5. Durability. Buyers should always try to buy brakes that have proven track record of high performance and quality. While drivers need to check their braking systems at regular intervals, they do not need to replace them that frequently. Braking fabrics differ, giving motorists a choice of quality brakes.

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