Nothing is more gratifying than testing your sports car’s capacity at high speed on the highway. The smooth driving and rambling sound make you feel like you are on the racetracks. Driving past other exotic cars further gives you a commanding presence on the streets.
But everything can turn into a nightmare when a deer jumps right in front of you, or a car ahead suddenly stops. You depend solely on your brakes to safely bring your vehicle to a complete stop, just on time, to avoid mishaps. Your life and the safety of your passengers depend on the functionality of your brake system.
On average, drivers apply brakes 200 times every day. You may not give so much attention to the brake, but this also means it saves your life 200 times daily. Just imagine if your car fails to stop on time due to brake failure. Everything will change. For this reason, you should check your brake regularly to ensure it is in top form. You must always have the confidence to rely on your brake on any road situation.
The Brake System and its Parts
The brake system consists of many individual parts. But the major components are as follows:
Brake Pads or Shoes
Rotors or Drums
Wheel Speed Sensor
Calipers and Pistons
Anti-lock Brake System
Among the components, the most visible part is the brake pedal. It gives you complete control of the brake system. When you apply the brake, it amplifies the force many times before transmitting it to the brake fluid. The booster further amplifies it.
The master cylinder converts the mechanical power of your pressing of the pedal into hydraulic energy. The brake fluid distributes the force to the hoses and brake lines. It evenly transmits the force to the vehicle’s four tires, creating friction between the brake pads and disc rotors. This stops your car when you apply the brake.
How Often Should You Change Your Brake
Automakers have different recommendations for brake fluid change. Chevrolet recommends every 45,000 miles, while Honda suggests every three years. Hyundai and Toyota recommend periodic checks and upkeep. The brake fluid can last for years since it is in a sealed system. However, outside moisture can work its way through, causing corrosion. Changing the brake fluid every two years should already give you peace of mind.
There is no accurate measure of when to change your brake pads. There are numerous factors that affect the wear and tear of the pads. Your driving habit is a significant factor. Likewise, the road condition and the material composition of your pads can affect its longevity. But your ears can tell when it is time to change your Hyundai Genesis Coupe brake pads with performance parts.
If you hear a squeal when you apply the brake, your pads are probably worn out. Some cars have electronic indicators on the dashboard if the pads are already within 2mm in thickness. The lifespan of brake pads is usually around 30,000 to 70,000 miles. But it is best to let a mechanic check your Hyundai Genesis Coupe brake pads every 10,000 miles.
Since the rotors are in constant friction with the brake pads, it is also best to change your rotors when you change the pads. A rotor change can be costly. However, if you change the pads regularly before it thins out to 2mm, you can keep your rotor in good shape. But if the brakes start to wobble and shake when you apply the brakes, it is a sign that your rotor is already in bad form. An immediate replacement with aftermarket parts for brake rotors is needed.
Do not compromise your safety on the road. Check your car’s brake system.
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