Disc Brake

We all know that sometimes, things don’t work out just the way we would like them to. This is no exception for disc brakes.

One of the most common issues I see with disc brakes are in the rotors. Rotors are vented for a reason, that’s because vents suck the air through the two ribs between the two discs themselves which pulls in cold air and helps cool them, which in turn prevents them from overheating. This is called the Ventura effect. If these get plugged up, the rotor cannot breathe which leads to cracks in the rotor.

You might be wondering what issues will effect the life of your pad?

This can vary depending on what you are hauling. If you are in the agriculture industry and are hauling in off-road conditions, you just can’t get as much life from a disc brake as a driver who is going straight down the highway line-hauling and only touching the brakes two or three times a day.

It’s always important to remember that you must factor in the application when calculating life expectancy, since the application has a huge say in how long your disk brakes are going to last.

Rudy does training with fleets, OEM, mechanics and more for all current Ingersoll Axles customers. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting with Rudy, please contact him at or visit us on Twitter @ingersollaxles

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