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Brakes: Some Interesting Facts!

     Judging by the number of near-rear-endings we witness on our morning commutes, the typical attitude toward brake service appears to be, "Brakes: Don't let them stop you!" Why is that? Monitoring your braking system's health is one of the most vital aspects of car ownership.
To help you understand a little more about the importance of brakes, here are a few quick facts that may be of interest:

* The power generated by the braking system of a modest family car can exceed 500bhp (brake horse power), outstripping the engine output of virtually everything on the road.
* The first production car with hydraulic brakes (i.e., using pipes and fluid rather than cables) was the 1920 Duesenberg, an American luxury car with a "straight eight" engine. Chrysler brought the now universal feature to mass-produced cars in 1924.
* The legendary Dunlop-developed disc brakes that helped Jaguar win the Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1953 were referred to as "plate brakes." The term "discs" came later.
* Formula One racing is where the most advanced brakes are found. During 1997, German driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen recorded a force of 5.99G under braking, around six times the braking performance of a conventional road car. This meant that Heinz-Harald's 65kg body momentarily weighed nearly 390kg. To achieve this deceleration he had to push the brake pedal of his Williams-Renault with a pressure of 150kg.
* The 1967 Porsche 911S was the first production car to feature ventilated disc brake rotors. Now common, these rotors have cooling channels running between the two friction surfaces to give better cooling and therefore better resistance to brake fade during heavy applications.
* Modern braking components need exceptional wear resistance, heat resistance and exceptional stopping capabilities. Under extreme conditions their operating temperatures can average nearly 350°C.
* Harmful agents such as asbestos, lead and cadmium have been removed from modern brake pads. Today's friction materials are mixtures of fibers, fillers, lubricants and a binder resin. Designed for cast iron rotors, these are generally too aggressive for lightweight alloys. Less aggressive linings have been developed, but practical aluminum or composite discs for everyday road cars remain in the experimental stage.
* To improve noise suppression, smoothness and stopping performance, the mass of disc brake rotors has increased over recent years.
* Disc brake rotors were once considered one of the simplest parts of a car to manufacture. However, with today's sophisticated electronically monitored brake systems, tolerances need to be extraordinarily tight because the slightest shudder can confuse the car's anti-lock braking system.

Properly working brakes are essential to vehicle safety and reliability. Have a brake service at least once a year to keep them working as efficiently and effectively as originally desinged. You need to be confident that your vehicle will come to a complete and precise stop.

Looking for a quality brake service? Contact the ASE Certified Technicians at Precision Automotive by calling (406) 248-2838, or go on-line to for more information. Our Tech-Net professional auto shop in Billings, MT, also services vehicle owners in the areas of Shepherd and Laurel, MT.

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