How to get the most out of your brakes and tires

Introduction

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Without brakes, driving would not be possible. Brakes are as essential as your engine, and are used to reduce vehicle velocity and stop your car safely. Tires are also key in everything concerned with driving — starting, cornering and stopping. Because of their importance to driving ease and safety, purchasing the right tires for your vehicle and driving conditilons will save you money and provide greater driving satisfaction

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Whether they come in the form of drum brakes, or discs, auto brakes have been horsepower’s companion throughout the decades. Drum and disc based braking systems are still in use today, and although the mechanics of drum and disc brakes have not changed, braking systems have become much more powerful to accommodate heavier, faster automobiles. Compared to drum brakes, disc brakes offer better stopping performance, because the disc is more easily cooled. Discs are less prone to brake fade which is caused when the braking surface overheats. Disc brakes recover more quickly than drums after getting wet. In the 1960’s power brakes were introduced, which helped accommodate the large American full-size cars of the era.

Since the ’70s, and the addition of computer-controlled sensors, plus a general emphasis on automobile safety, brake technology has led us through a rapid evolution of ABS braking. Tire technology has also experienced tremendous advances over the years, from rubber chemistry to the composition of the plies. Pneumatic car tires were originally made up of an inner tube that contained compressed air and an outer casing. This casing protected the inner tube and provided the tire with traction. Layers called plies reinforced the casing. The plies were made of rubberized fabric cords that were embedded in the rubber. These old classic tires were known as bias ply tires.

Most of all of today’s tires are radials. Radial tire ply cords are made of nylon, rayon, steel or polyester. The advantages of radials include a better ride, longer tread life, better steering and less rolling resistance, which increases gas mileage.

What we do at E.A.T.

The brakes on your car were designed to certain manufacturers standards. Do not compromise the performance of your stopping system by allowing your repair shop to install inferior parts. Any reputable shop will insist on using quality OEM or better replacement parts. Escondido Auto Tech uses Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) quality or better parts when replacing your braking hardware. E.A.T. does not use substandard replacements.

Keep your family safe! If your car’s road systems are not performing properly, or if you are shopping for new set of rubber, come to E.A.T. in Escondido. We provide expert brake replacement and comprehensive auto maintenance services. Call or email us today