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How Brake Rotors Perform The usual routine procedure in a scheduled car maintenance check up entails the following: changing the engine oil, checking on the tire pressure, and checking on the car’s brake system that includes the brake fluid, brake pads, and brake rotors. Brake rotors or brake discs have its own specific role functions in the brake system as they are the parts where the brake pads clamp down on to stop the car’s wheels from spinning. Brake rotors are into drilled and slotted types with each type designed with its own performance function, like the drilled brake rotors which are distinguished by its holes drilled into the brake parts for reasons of, first, dissipating the heat created from friction when the brake pads grab the rotor, because if heat cannot escape or dissipate the brake’s stopping power is reduced and, second, any gas build up or water entering into the brake parts can be quickly removed at the brake rotor surface, thereby, allowing for the brake system to perform well. The other type of brake rotor, which is the slotted rotor, is used as a brake part choice for performance car driving like those in the racetrack, since the slots are carved into the face of the rotors with its vents located around the edge of the rotor, therefore, when the rotor spins, the heat escapes through the vents, making it possible to have faster removal of heat which results into a high brake performance. In trucks and in other heavy vehicles, the brake rotors are made of sturdier materials, such as cast iron or steel, and are of larger size than those of cars, this is because a lot of force is needed in stopping a truck and, therefore, the stopping and slowing down need a lot of friction from the brakes and when there is greater friction, there is bound to be more heat generated, so the brake rotor is purposely designed to consider the fast removal of heat generated from friction in trucks.
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With respect to motorcycles, their brake rotors operate similarly as those of the cars, except that the front and rear brakes in motorcycles work independently, wherein the front brake takes a greater role in the stopping power, while the rear brake assisting to slow down the motorcycle. Furthermore, the similarity in function and performance with respect to the types of brake rotors in cars are also applied in motorcycles, such that the drilled brake rotors are often used for street driven motorcycles, while the slotted brake rotors are installed in motorcycles used for racing. Brake rotors in motorcycles are often custom-designed, making the bike stand out, such as having decorative drills or unique rotor shapes, since they are more visible in motorcycles.A Beginners Guide To Automobiles