There are a number of options in terms of performance and quality with every piece of your vehicle’s braking system. One portion, the brake rotors, will need to be chosen carefully to fit in with your vehicle and driving style. Working together with the brake pads and calipers, the rotors are used to slow the rotation of the tire. With pressure from the brake pedal, the pads will put pressure on the rotors until the friction eventually causes the wheel to stop.
Many cars have different performance specifications. Heavy trucks need more stopping power, while the regular Sunday driver will not need the same rotors as a race car driver. The differences will affect the rotor’s material, wear and tear, maintenance needs, etc.
The regular, or solid, brake rotors, with no drills or slots, can be widely used. If your car or truck is used for the regular commute during the week and not much else, conventional rotors are perfect. This type of driving or braking will not create much heat, meaning you brake with ease and do not drive hard. These rotors will be very effective in your type of driving, and will not need as much maintenance as drilled and slotted.
Drilled and Slotted
Heat is the enemy of brake rotors. The more heat, the harder it will be to stop. Heat in brake rotors is caused by heavy loads, such as towing, or hard driving. Trucks, motorcycles, or any hard-driving vehicle will benefit from drilled and slotted rotors. There are holes and grooves strategically placed throughout the rotor, which effectively displace heat and pressure, making it easy to stop. These rotors will need more maintenance or inspection because of their higher level of use.
If you want to get really technical, look into rotors designed for racing. They have to be of the highest quality and performance to put up with the amount of heat generated. Fortunately, these are saved for the super and race cars of the world (not that your budget is complaining).
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