Imagine yourself driving slowly down the road when suddenly there is a wild animal that suddenly crosses the road. What should you do? Step on your car brakes and everything will be fine, thereafter. What if your brakes failed to engage when you need them? Better check your Porsche brake pads then. When inspecting these car parts, you must be familiar with the following components.
Anti-rattle clips keep your pad and rotor from wearing out. When they become weak, they can result in too much pad movement, thus causing you to hear those unwarranted sounds when driving and stepping on the brakes. Some anti-rattle clips contain a bridge, specifically those found on floating calipers.
Caliper Guide Pins
Caliper guide pins are among the mounting components found in brake pads – whether in front brakes or rear brakes. Sometimes, even when these components are not damaged, they can result in binding calipers, thus leading to uneven pad wear. Make sure that guide seals are not hardened or swollen and that they are lubricated all the time.
Caliper Guide Pin Boots
Guide pin boots are found among floating calipers and brake parts. They are made out of either a plastic or rubber insulator and are found surrounding the caliper's mounting bolts. These soft materials may lose resiliency during its lifetime, most especially when brakes are exposed to higher temperature environments. In time, they can look flat or oval instead of round. This is one of the causes of those rattling sounds that you hear once the brakes are applied.
Caliper brackets are also among the mounting components in a brake system. These can be prone to corrosion, especially when the automobile is exposed to what is called the road de-icing salt. The corrosion can be removed using either a wire wheel or brush. If this is not possible, the pads can bind. It is important to keep brackets and pin boots clean.
These components are responsible in making sure that brake pads come in contact with uniform surfaces. These clips often come with fingers, which in turn, are responsible in keeping the pad in place. These are among consumable components found in the car's brake system since they are prone to rusting and wearing. While they have anti-rattle features, they can easily experience stress over time.
Shims are the insulating parts of the brake pad. This is actually made of layers of materials that are staked at the pad's back. There are instances when shim migration can become a problem, thus compromising its insulating abilities. Nowadays, however, automakers are exerting effort to get rid of this predicament.
These are springs that have been designed such that the pad can easily push away from the rotor once the piston retracts. They are fitted between the pads and the rotor, and serve as clips that can save you from brake noise while also increasing fuel economy. They can also keep the brakes color, thus capable of extending the life of the brake pad.