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What is Brake Fade?

What is Brake Fade?

If you have ever applied your brakes and either nothing happened immediately or it took a lot more pressure to get your vehicle to slow down, you experienced what is known as "brake fade." Just about every driver has had it happen to them and while in most cases, the result is just a slower stop, in extreme cases, slower responding brakes can cause an accident. Because brake fade is common, understanding the cause and prevention, as well as how to respond if it happens to you is important. Friction is Vital Your vehicle's brake calipers, pistons, pads and rotors work together to create and use friction to reduce vehicle speed as much as it needs to be reduced. When friction is not produced quickly enough or in enough volume, the distance required to slow down increases significantly. Heat The main cause of friction loss is excessive heat. Heat builds when you brake frequently, such as when you are stuck in traffic, or are traveling ... read more

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