Brake / Clutch Specialists

Brake / Clutch Specialists Information

The clutch and brakes are some of the most vital component to make a vehicle go, and more importantly, able to stop. If you suspect that you are having problems with either of these it is worth locating a local brake/clutch specialist to take a look at these for you. Brake/clutch specialists will have an in depth knowledge of the working of brakes & clutches. These components are constantly under stress and everyday wear and tear occurs more frequently than let's say, the electric window operating mechanism. Clutches are also notoriously harder to reach than the braking system components. So, having a clutch specialist look at the clutch will pay dividends, in not only diagnosing the problem more accurately, but also in repair time.

A clutch essentially is a mechanical device that helps provide a smother transmission of power from one component to another when engaged, but can also be disengaged.

Most clutch designs are based on using one or more friction discs that are pressed tightly together or that are against a flywheel using springs. The friction discs that are used did used to contain a high quantity of asbestos, although, this now has been in a large part phased out. The average size of car clutch is about 220mm.

Looking at the opposite end of the scale, the modern Formula1 cars clutch has a multi-plate carbon design and has a diameter of less than 100 mm this also weighing less than 1kg, this small and compact size has to be able to handle around 720hp.

Braking Systems:

There are many components that make up the modern day braking systems, although the basics of braking have remained the same for many years. Hydraulic brakes are the most common form of braking system in your average car. Hydraulic systems are ideal for car as they are smaller and less expensive than air braking systems that are found on HGV's & tractors, as these require air compressors and reservoir tanks. Hydraulic systems are simple in design; they use fluid in the brakes lines and pressure to press brake pads against a brake disc that is attached to the spinning axels. Excessive use of the braking system can result in what's called brake fade. This is caused through overheating that in turn affects the performance of the system. Constant overheating can cause the brake pads to glaze over, this makes them so hard and smooth that they can't grip the brake disk as effectively. Vaporization of the hydraulic fluid caused by high temperatures and they warping of the brake discs will also decrease performance.

One of the most well known brake manufacturers includes Brembo. They were established in 1961 and are specialists in disc brakes. The originally began supplying Alfa Romeo and in the 1980's they began supplying other car manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes Benz and Porsche.

The company now specializes in performance braking components and performance braking systems. Notably, they are now used by many Formula 1 teams including Ferrari and the vast majority of MotoGP teams. They also develop ceramic braking systems that are used in Formula 1 and on some modern day supercars. These are very expensive to produce by dramatically increase the brakes performance.

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