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Advantages and Disadvantages of Disc Brakes

Advantages and Disadvantages of Disc Brakes

What is a Disc Brake?

Disc brakes have a circular metal disc on each wheel which is fixed with a brake caliper to the axle. This system uses pads made from a rubber compound that presses against the discs, while drums use pads made from a metal alloy that press against steel rotors inside them. 

Disc Brakes

The main Advantages & disadvantages of Disc Brakes are as follows:

 Advantages of Disc Brakes:

  • Disc brakes offer better stopping power than drum brakes.
  • The friction caused by the disc brake pads is much more effective than that of the drum brake shoes. 
  • In disc braking, the force can be applied much more quickly to bring the vehicle to a stop. 
  • As well as this, disc brakes are also able to provide better control over lateral forces during braking and cornering.
  • The main advantage of disc brakes is that they are easy to install and maintain. 
  • For better braking performance, disc brakes can be used on both front and rear wheels.
  • It required less effort to apply brakes.

Disadvantages of Disc Brakes:

  • The biggest disadvantage with disc brakes is that they are not as easy to repair as drum brakes. 
  • Disc brakes may lead to skids especially in wet conditions compared to drum brakes. 
  • Disc Brake assembly is a little complex to repair.
  • The cost of discs is much higher than the conventional caliper brakes.
  • The high cost of discs also makes them difficult to fit into small vehicles and motorcycles that have a limited budget for repairs. 
  • vehicles with disc brakes also have the tendency to overheat the caliper. 
  • It required a skilled person to repair it.

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