5 Myths You Probably Believe About Brake Rotors

Brake rotors are among the most important parts of industrial machinery. Having the right rotors can mean the difference between life and death. The same can apply to anything mechanical that may require a brake rotor or a braking system.

Unfortunately, there are some common myths circulating about the use of brakes, and chances are you might believe they are true.

In this article, we will try to dispel some of the common myths related to brakes that you probably believe in, so listen up.

Wet or Damp Rotors Affect Performance

It has often been said that once a brake rotor gets wet that it will impact its performance. However, this is not necessarily the case as modern braking systems don’t suffer any loss of performance like the old-fashioned drum brakes did.

The design of modern rotors allows for constant braking performance in most conditions. Due to their effectiveness, it is something we often take for granted..

The same can also be said in the industrial market, as rotor braking systems have many uses across different industries. Wind turbines, cranes and general heavy machinery also require brake rotors that need constant braking performance.

Brake Noise is Acceptable

Rotors are designed to make noise once they need replacing, it is often thought that brake squealing is normal, but this isn’t the case. Although it might be a minor fault, the noise will be indicating some form of issue that needs inspecting.

The best advice on brake noise is to get any noise inspected rather than ignoring it.

Brakes Need Time to Warm Up

Over the years it has been suggested that brakes need to be warm to be most effective, but again this is not the case as the materials used today can operate effectively with varying temperatures.

The only exception to this is high-performance racing pads, and these are not used in industrial environments.

Warping Brake Rotors

In the past, it has been suggested that rotors can warp and cause vibration, but this is, in fact, a myth. Brake vibration has many explanations some of which can be explained by the thickness of the brake, as well as brake torque variations. These are more likely to be the cause of vibration rather than warping.

All Rotors are Similar

Not all brake rotors are the same, even if it’s the correct one for a vehicle. The quality and driver needs can affect the behavior and synergy.

Low-cost options may also offer inferior performance, so this is worth considering when making your final choice. Higher cost options are not always suited to everyone as the benefits may not always outweigh the costs.

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

If you are ready to learn more about the true benefits of brake rotors are why they are so incredibly important, feel free to contact us today for a non-obligational talk about your needs.

Posted in Industrial Brakes and Clutches.