News for Brake Disc Skimming
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PRO-CUT TO THE RESCUE OF CAR SOS!
Well-known TV mechanic Fuzz Townshend and TV host Tim Shaw use the Pro-Cut on-car brake lathe on a Mazda RX7 in the last episode in the series of National Geographic’s Car SOS.
In the most recent episode of Car SOS Fuzz and the team restore a modified and tuned 1992 Mazda RX7 with the front end missing, accident damage, an unusual engine and a host of other faults back to its former glory.
Fuzz asked Pro-Cut to bring their brake lathe to his workshop to resurface all 4 brake discs and bring them back to life. Essential as the car had not been driven for some time and the discs were heavily corroded. Resurfacing is a cheaper option than replacing discs and more importantly it also ensures perfect alignment and no possibility of run-out leading to brake vibrations.
Fuzz points out that; “This (the Pro-Cut on car brake lathe) is actually making this disc bespoke to this car, absolutely perfect for it.”
After filming, blagging petrol head Tim Shaw commented; “We could use that machine all the time – you should give us one.” Priceless!
Over the years Pro-Cut has established a network of garages who use its equipment. Pro-Cut’s ‘Skim My Discs’ website shows drivers where they can find such workshops. The site delivers free advertising for garages using a Pro-Cut brake lathe, and they have seen a distinct increase in business from customers seeking solutions to vibration and other brake problems.
Pro-Cut is Europe’s leading specialist in offering solutions to vibration, braking and wheel balancing issues. For more information or to arrange a free demonstration, contact Pro-Cut on 01752 219124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Struggling to cut bigger brake discs?
The Pro-Cut on-car brake lathe can skim all types of metal discs, solid, vented, drilled, grooved, front and rear, on all vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes.
To enable garages to skim the largest discs Pro-Cut have a wide range of adaptors available, call 01752 219124 to find the right adaptor for your machine.
Why drivers love brake disc skimming
After a Pro-Cut brake disc skim, drivers report:
- Improved braking performance
- Brake vibration problems have been resolved
- No bedding in required
Brake disc skimming is quick, efficient and has amazing accuracy.
To find your nearest garage with a Pro-Cut on-car brake lathe machine, please go to “Your Nearest Service Centre” page and just enter your postcode.
The Sunday Times recommend Skim my Discs
Discs on a Jaguar XKR resolved
Full Circle Services in High Wycombe recently solved brake disc problems being experienced on a Jaguar XKR with their Pro-Cut brake lathe.
The very satisfied customer commented that; “The result was unbelievable. The whole experience from Full Circle along with the Pro-Cut machine just took all the worries away at a reasonable price.”
When to replace brake discs
All modern cars have brake discs. Some can be expensive. When you're advised to replace a set of discs, it's worth asking whether replacement is really necessary, or whether they can be skimmed at a much lower cost, and get more miles out of them. Here are some things to think about.
- Brake discs are considered a throw-away item but they only need replacing when they wear below minimum thickness. This could be anywhere from 15,000 to 100,000 miles depending on driving style and the type of brake pads used.
- If there is a small amount of hub run-out, discs can wear unevenly. Each time the disc rotates, even when you are not touching the brakes, the pads will wear away one part of the disc. This eventually leads to disc thickness variation, which results in 'judder' or vibrations when the brakes are applied. A skim using an on-car brake lathe, correctly adjusted to eliminate run-out, will resolve this.
- Some brake pads are much more aggressive than others. An aggressive pad is one that can produce a lot of dust and often causes uneven wear of the disc surface. This in turn can cause brake vibrations. A brake disc skim will remove this unevenness and any excess dust, and prevent brake vibrations.
- On cross-drilled discs, the holes do not cover the entire disc surface, resulting in varying surface areas across the disc. Sometimes, this can result in disc thickness variation. This problem can be easily and cheaply resolved by having the discs skimmed whilst on the car.
- New brake pads used on a partially worn disc will require bedding in, which can take 500 to 1000 miles and brake performance will be poor and noisy during this time. A skim of the disc surface of 0.1mm will solve this problem immediately.
Before replacing brake discs look at the condition of the discs and check to see if they can be salvaged, especially by machining the discs directly on the car.
Why skim brake discs?
Many people say brake disc skimming is old fashioned and no longer needed, especially as disc prices have come down recently. Not true!
There are many advantages to having your brake discs skimmed:
- To solve brake vibration problems.
- To give optimum braking when just pads are changed.
- To solve corrosion problems.
- To stop brake squeal.
- To improve brake efficiency for MOT tests.
The Pro-Cut lathe skims a disc in just 9 minutes on any vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes. To find your local garage with a brake lathe machine go to “Your Nearest Service Centre” page.
Freedom Cars solving brake corrosion and vibration issues
Since purchasing their first Pro-Cut machine in November 2014, Freedom Cars in Manchester has been busy solving brake issues by skimming discs.
One of Freedom’s uses for the lathe is on sales cars where rusty discs can be seen through the alloys. By skimming the discs it finishes the cars off perfectly.
Barrie Crampton, Service Manager at Freedom Cars said:
“We started using the Pro-Cut machine on Porsches and Alfa-Romeos. But we recently had a Volvo XC90 come in with brake judder and the Pro-Cut machine solved the problem instantly. I can’t praise Pro-Cut enough, it’s a fantastic machine.”
Are your brakes ready for winter?
With winter on its way and the road conditions deteriorating, it's important car drivers prepare their vehicles. While safety is a critical consideration all year round, car maintenance becomes even more significant in winter especially the brakes.
When you next have a winter check why not ask your garage to do a brake disc skim. The Pro-Cut on-car brake lathe will give you improved braking and saves you money on new brakes.
To locate your nearest garage with a brake lathe machine just click on "Your Nearest Service Centre" and type in your postcode.
October is Tyre Safety Month
October is Tyre Safety Month. But brakes need to be in tip top condition too! With UK weather conditions changing, and roads becoming wet and slippery, you need to ensure your brakes are in optimum working order. If you need new brake pads but the discs don't need changing, get them skimmed to improve your braking performance.