Re: Brake Mystery
Yes, the front brakes wear faster than the rear brakes. When you step on the brakes, much of the vehicles weight is transferred to the front wheels forcing the front brakes to work harder than the rear brakes. It has nothing to do with how brakes are engineered, it's just physics/dynamics. Because of the fact that the front brakes work harder, the front brakes are often larger than the rears to help the brakes cope with the increase in forces, (i.e. larger rotors, calipers, brake pads, etc.).
The fact that the front brakes do more of the stopping due to weight transfer was the thinking behind rear-antilock brake systems. With much of the weight of the vehicle shifted towards the front under hard braking, the rear end obviously gets lighter. The harder the braking, the lighter the rear end gets. Under extreme braking conditions like those found in an emergency situation, the rear wheels could lock up because there's just not enough weight on them to create the force necessary to overcome the braking forces applied to them. We all know that we stop faster if the wheels don't lock up. It's all about static vs. kinetic friction.
1992 Ford Bronco
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32" BFG's/stock suspension
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