Important brake repair and maintenance tips (Part 4)
NOTE: This is part 4 of 106St Tire & Wheel's series on brake repair.
· Click here for part 1.
· Click here for part 2.
· Click here for part 3.
But what, then, are brakes even made of? Well, there are three main types of material, each with its own benefits. Let's look into what they do.
· Ceramic– this is not exactly the same material you'll find on your dinner table. It does, however, have a lot of the same benefits. The reason why ceramic is used for food is that it insulates high temperatures, and the more advanced heavy-duty ceramic used in brakes also handles the heat and friction required to make your vehicle stop. The rest of the braking mechanism can get really hot, and the ceramic used in brakes can withstand that heat, as well as cold weather.
· Semimetallic– sometimes brake manufacturers use metallic alloys and mixes in their brakes to create a material that acts as a robust structure able to stop the vehicle, create friction, and tolerate temperature differences.
· Kevlar– you may have heard about Kevlar on the news because it's the material used to make bulletproof vests. The reason for that application is that Kevlar is a lightweight fiber that is stronger than steel, and when used in brakes, it allows for a significantly strong and heat-resistant setup that does not weigh down the rest of the machinery.
As you may know, driving conditions in New York are categorized as severe, and we at 106St Tire & Wheel remain committed to helping our customers and keeping you safe on the road. Schedule an appointment, or simply drop by any of our locations and we can help you make the right decision for you and your passengers at low prices. We proudly offer NAPA brakes.
Our locations are:
· 106-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, NY 11368
· 79-20 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst, NY 11373
· 118-02 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11434
· 79-20 108th St. Corona, NY 11368