How to monitor the temperature of brake components on your vehicle or racecar
Many of our customers use the 10 Level labels and 8 Level temperature indicator labels from our Automotive and Motorsport range to monitor the temperature of brake fluid and brake components on their personal or commercial vehicles.
These temperature labels are also becoming an invaluable source of information for race teams competing in car or motorcycle race events in which brakes and other components may be subjected to far greater extremes of temperature. We've supplied them to numerous F1 teams to monitor the temperature of various parts of their racecars, from braking systems to various areas of carbon fibre.
Brake fluid is a critical component of a car's braking system that is responsible for transmitting the pressure applied to the brake pedal to the brake calipers, which in turn squeeze the brake pads against the rotors to slow or stop the vehicle. When brake fluid overheats, it can cause several problems that can compromise the performance and safety of the braking system. Here are some reasons why overheating of brake fluid is a problem in a car:
Reduced braking performance: Overheating of brake fluid can cause a decrease in its viscosity, resulting in reduced braking performance. This is because the brake fluid's ability to transmit pressure is reduced, making it difficult for the brake calipers to apply enough force to the brake pads.
Increased stopping distance: Overheating of brake fluid can also increase the stopping distance of the vehicle. This is because the reduced braking performance means that the vehicle will take longer to slow down or stop, potentially leading to accidents.
Brake fade: Brake fade is a condition that occurs when the brakes overheat, and the brake pads lose their ability to generate friction against the rotors. This can cause the brakes to feel spongy or unresponsive, and can also increase the stopping distance.
Boiling of brake fluid: Overheating of brake fluid can cause it to boil, leading to the formation of gas bubbles in the brake lines. This can cause a decrease in the pressure transmitted to the brake calipers, resulting in reduced braking performance.
Component damage: Overheating of brake fluid can cause damage to other components of the braking system, such as the brake master cylinder and the brake calipers. This can lead to leaks and failures, resulting in expensive repairs.
In conclusion, overheating of brake fluid is a problem in a car because it can cause reduced braking performance, increased stopping distance, brake fade, boiling of brake fluid, and damage to other components of the braking system. To prevent overheating of brake fluid, it is essential to follow the manufacturer's recommended service intervals, replace the brake fluid regularly, and avoid driving aggressively or towing heavy loads for extended periods. Regular maintenance and inspection of the braking system can help to ensure that it operates safely and efficiently.
Contact us to find out how we can help you to record maximum temperatures of components in your automotive or motorsport application.
- Tim Arrowsmith