Two and a half decades is a long time. It also happens to be the same amount of time since the brakes on my old 1994 Honda CBR900RR were last touched. I figured it would be a good idea to refresh the inner-workings of one of the brake system’s most critical components: the brake calipers.
ATTENTION PORSCHE OWNERS—how dare you imagine for even a moment the precision engineering of a Porsche product was imperfect. Your complaints about brake squeal are invalid. You should know brake squeal is actually good. Since you do not, Porsche has prepared a video to educate you so that you stop calling.
You and your two best mates are driving around in your crappy little Lada whose brakes have always been fussy. And one day they completely shit the bed and you’re left with no brakes in traffic. What then?
If you’ve ever wondered how your weak little foot could possibly squeeze brake pads hard enough to bring your enormous two-ton car to a stop, the answer is in the latest episode of David Dissects. It all comes down to something called a “mechanical advantage.”
If there’s been a consistent theme with Brembo brakes on single-seaters this year, it’s been “not good.” During today’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opener, Spencer Pigot’s brakes exploded on lap 26. When brake problems appeared in testing, caliper supplier Brembo pointed the finger right back at IndyCar. What on…
Last year I set to replacing the drum brakes on my old Toyota. I started by asking friends how hard the job was, and they all said the same thing: “Fuck drum brakes.” Drums are definitely more of a pain than discs. But don’t worry, they’re not as hard as everyone seems to say, especially if you watch this video.
Brake rotors are basically big heavy chunks of cast iron that friction pads clamp onto to stop a car. They’re super beefy, able to resist really high temperatures and loads, and very rarely fail catastrophically. But when they do, it is not pretty—just look at what these crazy folks did to blast one to smithereens.
Austrailian Supercar driver Mark Winterbottom lost his front brakes heading into The Chase after one of the fastest straights in motor racing: Mount Panorama’s Conrod Straight. Here’s why you need functioning brakes at the infamous Bathurst 1000.
Formula 1 is now attempting to break through a technological wall, seeking to get more than 1200 holes into a brake disc. This is a perfect encapsulation of everything wonderful and pointless about the sport.
Do you live in a place like Michigan where road salt treats your car like a school of piranhas treats a wounded duckling? If so, your brake lines might be rusty, so you should replace them to avoid things like death, despair and turmoil. It’s actually a cheap and easy job; here’s how you do it.
I love terrible ideas. Maybe it’s because I have so very many of them, but I’m really fond of an idea that seems iffy, and then just gets more and more exuberantly worse the more you think about it. There’s something dizzyingly fun about a real shitshow of an idea, right?
Every single day here at Jalopnik we’re inundated with emails about whether or not you can use an iPhone as a brake pad. We don’t respond to those emails, nor test it out, because we’re too busy using brake pads as brake pads and iPhones as floatation devices. But WHAT IF???????????
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing team hasn't been doing so well this season. After suffering issues due to overheating front brakes at the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, the team switched from this year's Hitco brake system back to 2014's Brembo brakes. How did that work out? Not well, if you're Daniil Kvyat.
Are you hearing a nasty screech when you press the brake pedal in your car? Does it sound like rock monsters are playing the world's loudest frame of bowling every time you need to slow down? Well, it may be time to change your brakes. Here's how.
Bentley has been slapping these 420mm (16.54in) carbon-ceramic rotors on their performance models since 2006, claiming they're the biggest brakes on a production car. Is that true?
Come on, Miss Unsafe Brakes, have a sandwich or something! You're in 1939 Chicago, for weeping audibly, have a nice big deep-dish hot dog cheesesteak hoagie or whatever it is they eat there. I swear I can see your sternum behind that sash.
Next to steering, brakes are probably the most crucial part of any vehicle. We've harped on how important it is to keep up on brake maintenance before, so here's more info about how brakes work.
I mentioned last Friday in Parking Lot Mechanic that it's a good idea to check your brakes on a regular basis, as well as how to do it.