Thursday, August 31, 2017

Racecar Brakes: Be a Superstar, Savvy and Safe!

By Grace Moryan

This article was created by Decuzzi tires, a brand of go kart tires often used for racing and to help racers practice in go karts before getting in their racecar.

Your racecar is your pride and joy: it helps you conquer the track, you have personalized it to your taste, and you’ve tweaked it to perfection. And while you are always used to riding smooth and fast, it is easy to forget your racecar undergoes the same wear and tear as a regular car. That is why it is important to change your brake fluid, as you are always stopping hard and fast.

               Boiling Point
               The more you drive your car, the hotter it gets. While your car is getting hot, there’s more than just skid marks occurring when you drive fast: the rotors and pads create heat every
time you use your brakes, and the brake fluid becomes hot. Most brake fluids have two boiling points: wet and dry.

               Wet boiling point: the temperature the brake fluid boils after it absorbs moisture
               Dry boiling point: the temperature the brake fluid boils before it absorbs moisture

Why Moisture is bad for brakes
The boiling point of water is 212 degree Fahrenheit, which isn’t very high when it mixes with your brake fluid. When water gets into your brake system, it lowers the point your brakes boil, which can ultimately deteriorate the braking performance of your racecar over time.

Testing Your Brakes
It is important to test your brake fluid after every race to check their condition. You can purchase a brake fluid tester or brake fluid strips, which simply requires you dipping it into the fluid and gives you a result. You can purchase a brake fluid tester at your local auto parts store.

How often should I change my brake fluid?
To be safe, it is important to change your brake fluid once a year. While it may be costly, this will ensure your brakes are in top condition when you go on the track. After all, your life heavily depends on your ability to stop, so the extra investment is worth it to keep you and your fellow racers safe.

Be safe and don’t overlook your brakes: after all, you love the track, so it is important to keep your car in top condition!

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