Have you ever wondered why brake clips are used in automotive braking systems? If so, you are not alone. Most people are aware of the general purpose of brake pads and rotors yet clips are often ignored. In fact, some people are completely unaware that clips are used in braking systems. Let’s take a look at what brake clips are and why they are so important for braking purposes.
The Basics of Brake Clips
Brake clips are somewhat similar to shoelaces used on footwear. New sneakers are sold with brand new laces as they are necessary to ensure the sneakers remain on the feet exactly as designed. However, the average person does not pay close attention to his or her shoelaces until they snap, require tying, or eventual replacement. Time will take a toll on your brakes just as it takes a toll on your footwear, including your shoelaces.
Can you imagine purchasing new sneakers and adding used laces to them? Doing so would be a mistake as used laces have the potential to break sooner than they should and might not keep sneakers on your feet. This is precisely what occurs when old clips are used on brake pads that have been replaced. Fail to complete your recently replaced brake pads with brake clips and your braking system will not function as it should.
In short, brake clips help prevent premature brake pad wear. Fully functional, well-made clips also reduce noise. Add in the fact that brake clips save automobile drivers plenty of money as they mitigate brake pad wear and there is all the more reason to pay close attention to this often neglected yet critically important component of automotive braking systems.
Diving Deeper into Brake Clip Functionality
Every type of vehicle, from everyday sedans to trucks used in commercial fleets, can benefit from the addition of new brake clips. Clips function in tandem with pin boots to keep brake pads fully secure and in place. Brake pad spring clips function in two ways when properly fitted. These clips add a subtle spring pressure between the brake pads and caliper carrier, which effectively cuts out the vibration that has the potential to cause the brakes to squeal. Furthermore, these clips help in the battle against corrosion, providing a smooth surface for the brake pad to slide along.
Abutment clips are positioned on the average automobile’s caliper brackets, generating an even surface for the brake pad to contact. Certain abutment clips are complete with fingers that serve the purpose of keeping the pad in the proper position. Abutment clips have been implemented on new vehicles to push brake pads away from the rotor in the quest to minimize drag. Abutment clips also help keep the wear and tear on the brake pads and brake rotors as low as possible. If the clips are not inspected when the rest of the braking system is analyzed and replaced accordingly, the replacement brake components will not last as long as anticipated, ultimately creating an unnecessary expense for the automobile owner.
The Latest Brake Clips are Quite Impressive
If you were to perform a visual and functional comparison between used brake clips and the latest, most advanced brake clips, you would find they differ quite significantly. Innovations in the automotive industry have led to the creation of highly efficient brake clips that greatly enhance brake pad performance and longevity. Some of the latest brake clips to hit the market feature PTFE low-friction coating that minimizes brake pad drag. The opposite side of some such brake clips is lined with vulcanized rubber to minimize noise while operating the vehicle.