Practice English Speaking&Listening with: How Brake Pads are Made

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Hey guys ChrisFix here and today I need to replace the brakes on my truck

but instead of showing you how to replace brakes because i've done that multiple times with

In-depth how-to videos how to replace front brakes rear brakes drum brakes and on different makes and models

So instead of doing another how-to video on how to replace brake pads

We're gonna be doing something way cool. Today i'm gonna show you how brake pads are made

That's right. We're gonna go to the factory and we're literally going to make brake pads for my truck

It's one thing to go to the store and buy brake pads and install them. That's awesome

But it's a completely different thing to learn how these are made

The process that goes into it the testing and the different types of brake pads

So the issue I'm having you can see there's plenty of meat left on these brake pads

There's about half the life left on here

But the problem I'm having is you see all this rust in here and all this rust in here because the brake pads slide back

And forth in the brake caliper this part where it's painted

well

the paint gets rubbed away and

Shows bare metal and that bare metal will rust and this right now is getting seized into this brake caliper and the brake isn't budging

So although we have plenty of life left on our pads. We still have to replace them because they're getting rusted

So let's head out to the brake pad Factory and let me show you how brake pads are made

So while many brake pads today are made in China or India. I'm grabbing a flight from Newark, New Jersey and

Heading to Toronto Canada and here in Toronto

We're visiting new cap

the makers of

NRS brakes and their brake technology is used in om brake pads for big car companies like GM Ford Chrysler outtie and even Bugatti

And aftermarket companies like Brembo. So this is the real deal. We're about to see from start to finish how brake pads are made

It all starts right here in their engineering

Department in the United States alone. There are over 3,000 brake pad designs like this one

This is actually the one that fits in the caliper of my truck, which is this right here

Each brake pad has to be manufactured to strict tolerances

Because when you install brake pads in your car, they have to fit nice and tight

But still have room to move in the caliper, so it doesn't get stuck and to make sure each brake pad fits correctly

It all starts right here on the computer. This is the 3d model of my trucks brake caliper

And since we're making brake pads for the truck

All the precise measurements are going to be taken from this model and are going to be used to create the die

Which is going to stamp the brake pad backing plate, so it'll fit properly. So let's go and check out the stamping process

So we need a head over to the stamping facility for step two where we're gonna take raw steel and stamp the brake backing plate

And there is no shortage of steel on this factory each one of these coils weighs between three and five tons

And there are stacks of them to the ceiling

Look at all this deal and this steel is super important because it's gonna be turned into the backing plate

Which is the foundation of the brake pad so high-quality

Pickled and oiled steel is all this factory uses to make their brake pads

Let me show you why so all of these steel coils that you see in front of us are hot rolled

That means they're formed by heating them up and then rolling them out into shape after the steel is hot rolled

There are two things that could be done first. They could leave the steel as is and a scale a rust forms on top

That's called black steel

this steel isn't treated so that black that you see on here is all scale and impurities the

Positives of this are it's less expensive to produce than pickled an oiled steel

But the negatives are you have those impurities you have this scale you have this rust on here

And we didn't even make these into brake pads yet and on the other hand

We have pickled an oiled steel. The process of pickling steel is right after it's hot rolled

it's cleaned off with an

Acid so that you don't get that scale that you see with the black steel and then oiling it you could see there's a sheen

On here all they do is add oil so that it prevents it from rusting in the future

Now the negatives with pickled and oiled steel is it costs more than black steel?

But the positives are you're starting off with a cleaner rust and scale-free metal

Also, this is what the OEM requires brake pads be made of

So if you're making an OE brake pad you need to use pickled and oiled steel because it's a higher quality steel now

I'll show you the difference between pickled and oiled and black steel in the corrosion chamber a little bit later in the video

but for now know that this manufacturer only uses pickled and oiled steel now that you know

the significance of using pickled and oiled steel

Let's get our four ton steel coil and bring it to the press at the back of the press

The forklift operator has to put the coil into the loading bracket that another worker

Releases steel which rolls into the feeder and now the worker could feed the steel into the press

But since the steel was coiled up, it's curved and bent and bent steel can't be stamped

So first the steel has to travel through a series of rollers to be flattened out

So the brake pad backing plate could be stamped properly. Here's a closer. Look at what's happening?

The steel moves along the rollers which are positioned to make that steel flat

Then that flat steel comes out and gets fed directly into the press which has one last set of rollers to ensure. It's completely flat

Once that flattened steel makes it into the press the press applies up to 800 tons of pressure to stamp out a single backing plate

800 tons is like having the weight of

400 passenger cars stacked on top of each other pressing down on that single piece of steel. That's a lot of pressure

So after the brake pad backing plate gets stamped it slides down into one of two

Buckets and not into the main orange bin this two bucket design is so smart

And here's why they do it

Once one of the buckets gets full the worker closes the gate to that bucket and then the other bucket starts filling up he perceived

By grabbing a backing plate and blowing it off with some compressed air so we could visually inspect it

He's trained to look for anything that indicates the backing plate isn't being pressed correctly

If he sees an issue

He could shut the press and instead of contaminating the entire

orange bin of backing plates where there could be

Thousands of them already made he knows only the top two buckets have potentially bad backing plates

So this simple inspection prevents damaged backing plates from getting mixed in with the entire batch, which is very smart

All right. So check this out. We went from a coil of steel to this a freshly stamped backing plate

So at this point the backing plate is the correct shape and has all the holes and studs it needs

But what happens to the rest of the steel that isn't used in the backing plate on the side of the press all the extra?

steel that isn't part of the backing plate is also captured and

Recycled what you see here is scrap metal that comes from the area around the backing plate and this over here is the scrap metal

From cutting all the holes in the backing way

Nothing goes to waste here

That's good for both money savings and for being environmentally friendly all this metal will be melted down and reuse

Alright, and as you can see this containers almost filled as this finishes up now we can move on to the next step

so let's grab a backing plate and

Bring it to the Quality Control lab where the backing plate undergoes a full

Analysis to make sure each one has no flaws and will properly fit the caliper

So here's one of our backing plates and I'm gonna hand it over to the lab technician who's gonna place it on this high-tech scanner

The dimensional analysis scanner uses lights and cameras to precisely measure every part of the backing plate

It compares these measurements to OEM specifications in this case for my Mazda beat 3000 pickup truck if it isn't within the acceptable

Tolerances that'll come up on the screen as red and if it's good, it'll be green just like that. Perfect

Alright, and that is a pass now

Every single brake pad backing plate has a serial number stamped into it for complete traceability

This could be tracked back to the original pickled and oil steel that it came from

So now we know all of our backing plates are stamped to the correct specifications

And since this container is full we could take it to the next step at the mechanical attachment

Facility and just so you get an idea the size of this facility

Let's go for a quick ride on the forklift

This company has a total of seven hundred thousand square feet of floor space and all those orange bins that you see that are stacked

Up. Those are all filled to the top with backing plates for almost every car produced in the world

And here we are making brake pads specifically for my truck. How crazy is that?

So now the forklift driver is bringing the backing plates to the next step which is adding the mechanical attachment to the backing plate

So we have the backing plates that we just stamped and these are going into the NRS machine. This machine is also oppressed

But it works a bit different than what we just saw

So the worker places a bunch of backing plates into the hopper which feeds the press to get you guys the best view they stop

The press for me and I literally went inside the press to set up cameras

So you could see what happens to the backing plate check this out

The blank backing plate is fed into the press and then the press pushes down to scrape the surface of the backing plate to create

hundreds of sharp rasps that at work

Here's an up-close. Look of what these rasps look like

These are an important technology that allows the brake pad material to stick to the backing plate without using glue

Now after the brake pads get that mechanical attachment scraped into them

They get transported via conveyor belt and get collected into another orange bin

so we go from this smooth backing plate to a backing plate with hundreds of rasps on the other side that are gonna hold that

brake pad material on so with that we are done with our third step and

now the forklift operator could take the bin filled with the backing plates and bring it to the loading dock because the next thing we

Need to do is galvanize these backing plates and to do that. We have to bring them to a separate but nearby Factory

So after a short trip

We're at the galvanizing factory where our backing plates are hung on these racks so they could be coated with zinc

This process is gonna put a sacrificial layer to prevent the backing plate from rusting. So, let's see how it's done

There are seven main steps for galvanizing backing plates first

The rack of backing plates is dipped into a heated water and sodium hydroxide bath

Which removes grease from the surface of the backing plates?

Next it comes out of that bath and gets dunked into plain water to rinse off the backing plates

Then it goes into a pickling bath where acids clean any surface

rust and scale off the backing plates then the rack gets submerged into water again to insure the acid is rinsed off and now the

Backing plates are placed in an aqueous solution and an electrical current is run through them

So the zinc ions attach to the backing plates

Now the zinc is bonded to the surface of the backing plate and a thin even layer to provide rust resistance

then the rack goes into a post treatment sealer which improves corrosion resistance and

finally the last step is to do one last rinse in plain water and

Pull it out to let it dry

After it dries all the backing plates are officially zinc coated and therefore rust resistant and ready for the next step

So let's head back to the brake pad Factory and back at the brake pad factory

Our freshly zinc coated backing plates are about to look like a brake pad

Because the next thing we're gonna do is add the brake pad material now

There are three main ways to add friction material to a backing plate and the first method which this factory doesn't do

But I wanted to cover is gluing the friction material

This is actually really common for brake pad manufacturers to do they get a bare piece of metal because you can't have galvanization

Because the glue won't stick to it. You also don't have that mechanical attachment

You have a nice flat bare piece of metal and they use heat and pressure to glue the friction material

Onto the pad now since it's not galvanized it can't be protected by rust

So what they do is they paint it so you get a painted pad like this now

This is what my truck was using and this is common on many aftermarket pads now

The second method is molding the friction material. This Factory does do that

And what they do is they get a mold they put the backing plate in there

They pour the friction material in and then they use heat and pressure to cure that friction material

Against the rasps against the backing plate so that mechanical attachment

Holds it in and then for the third method this is called the fusion process

It's the newest technology in the brake pad industry, and we're about to get a sneak peek

So let's go check it out

What you're looking at is the fusion machine and here's how it works

First the worker places the friction material into the holder followed by the backing plate with a mechanical attachment facing down into the friction material

next the fusion machine rotates and brings the backing plate and friction material to the press the press pushes down with

1200 psi of pressure to join the friction material and backing plate as one solid piece

There is no heat used here

Instead the sharp mechanical attachment on the backing plate is pushed into the friction material and then it's slightly bends poking into the friction

So it can't come off finally the machine spins again and a vacuum picks up the brake pads and places it on a conveyor belt

To be brought to a worker who will package the brake pads

this is a much cleaner and more efficient method than gluing the friction material or even molding the friction material and

There we go. Our friction material is on our backing plate

But there's one more step we need to do and that is make the brake pad shim which starts out as this rubber-coated

coil of steel which is

Straightened out and makes its way to the press the press then stamps out the brake pad shim and these shims are used to isolate

The brake head from the caliper to keep the vibrations and no down

so let me show you one of these up close all it is is a thin rubber coated piece of metal that goes on the

Backing plate. That's all you need to make the brakes a little bit quieter now while it's simple it's important

So let's get it on the back of our brake pad

And all you have to do is snap it on good now we've officially made our own brake pads from start to finish

so let's package them up getting all four brake pads in here as well as the stainless steel brake hardware and the piston cushions and

Now, let's fold the box up and close it, but we aren't done yet

the last step in the brake

Manufacturing process is done here at the research and development and testing facility where they have a brake dynamometer

They have a shear test machine. They have a saltwater corrosion chamber

So what we're gonna be doing is we're gonna be testing the brake pads that we made and as a little comparison

We have some painted brake pads just to see the difference. So let's go get these on the dyno

This is the brake pad. Dyno

So I'm gonna hand over the brake pads that we just made to the lab technician and he's gonna install them in the caliper then

The doors are closed for safety because we're about to torture test these brake pads

To make sure they could hold up to the harshest conditions

So with a hit of a button the dyno starts up and spins the brake rotor to highway speeds and then we're gonna do multiple

Panic stops like if there was an accident in front of you and you had to slam on your brakes to come to a complete

stop

The only difference is we're gonna do this over and over until the brake rotor is brought up to 600 degrees Celsius

Which makes it glow red? Hi, this is pushing the pads to the extreme limits

So extreme chances are you'll never see this on the road and we're gonna be doing this for both the galvanized end Tainted peg

Which will get ready for the next test the corrosion chamber test

So here's the painted brake pad and the galvanized brake pad after the dyno

The idea is to give them some wear and tear so we could test them in the corrosion chamber

This is the corrosion chamber which uses salty humid air to simulate about two months of winter driving

So the lab technician is gonna put both the galvanized pad and the painted pad in the corrosion chamber so we could see the difference

So with the lid closed the salty humid air is being circulated and we have to wait about a day for the tests to complete

And a day later, we are ready to see the results. So let's remove the pads from the corrosion chamber and check this out

Right away, you can see the painted pad has rust on it and the paint is peeling off the backing plate

And remember this is after a simulated two months on a winter road

And then with the galvanized pad the zinc does its job it provides a sacrificial layer and protects the steel and prevents it from rusting

So it's pretty cool to see how the galvanization prevents the steel from rusting. Now, let's take these two pads to the shear test machine

This right here is the shear test machine and let me show you what it does

So this black metal piece is gonna push on the side of the brake pad and measure the force it takes to break that friction

material off now

we're gonna load the brake pad into the holder add the top plate over the pad and

Lower the top arm to hold it in place. Now. The gauge is on the right are reading the force

it takes to break the brake pad material off and the top is the mechanically attached pad and the bottom is the glued pad so

Let's start the test right now. The force is increasing until the brake pad fails

And you can see the glue pad just failed and the mechanically attached pad is still going and there you go. Finally it failed

So it took more than double the force to break it

so with the painted pad the glued friction material popped right off and with the galvanized pad you can see the hooks held on to

The friction material and what's really cool? This is the brake pad that we made and while it's awesome to see lab results

Let's go out into the real world and test this out and instead of driving some fancy sports car

This is gonna be my test vehicle. It's a Chevy Tahoe

It weighs over 5,000 pounds a nice heavy vehicle something that regular people drive and it's really gonna put these brakes to the test

So let's go get these installed

so we're gonna install the galvanized brake pads in the of this SUV just like that and then we could install the brake caliper and

Finally tighten down both bolts. So they're snug and we're ready to go. Now. We're gonna torture test the brakes by doing repetitive hard stops

So I need to floor it and then head down the track wide open throttle

Until I hear a beat, which means I hit 60 miles an hour

Now I'm hard on the brakes until we come to a complete stop and I'll be doing this over and over and over and finally

after fifteen panic stops

the brake pads caught fire and the temperature of the brakes were just under 600 degrees Celsius or about

1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, so we really put these brakes to the test today and we got to experience that firsthand

So there we go. How cool is this?

We start out with a coil of pickled and oiled steel then we stamp that to make a backing plate

We added a mechanical attachment using the NRS

Press then. We galvanize it to prevent rust then we added our semi metallic friction material

We add a shim to prevent brake noise

And finally, we have our completed brake pad and that's everything on how brake pads are made from start to finish

So now there's one more thing we need to do and that is fly home

To good old New Jersey and install our brand new brake pads

so out with the old rusty brake pads that are stuck in here and look at how rusty these are then we could remove the

caliper to give us access to remove the old rotor as well now in with the new rotor torque down the caliper to spec and

Now we're ready to install the brake pads

So let's get the new stainless steel hardware

Installed into the caliper and these just snap into place and allow the brake pads to move freely along a smooth clean surface

Good now we'll add some anti-seize onto the brake caliper pistons and let's install the included

Piston cushions and these are something new to the market and they help prevent the brakes from making noise due to rubbing against the bare

Metal caliper Pistons, you just need to push them into the piston and that's all there is to it. All right

so with our piston cushions in and our brake hardware in there's one last thing we need to do and that

Is install the brake pads that we made I like to add a very thin coat

A nice ease to the back of the caliper and to the brake hardware and this helps prevent brake noise and keeps the pads moving

Freely, now we can add the pads and it goes right into place just like that and notice how easy these go in

that's why it's important brake pads are built to tight tolerances and Oh a speck then we could close up the caliper and

Finally, we could tighten down the caliper bolt and we are done. So

There we go out with the old

rusty seized up brake pads and in with the nice brand new ones and the best part is

We learned how they are made from start to finish

This was easily one of my most favorite videos to make ever

What an experience and how cool is it to actually see how brake pads are made?

It's one thing to install them in your car

It's another thing to learn what goes in to making brake pads now

I do want to thank NRS breaks for supporting the video and making this possible

you guys didn't see what went on behind the scenes but they shut down part of their factory so I could go and film and

Show you guys each step of making brake pads

Not only that we got to see things that not many people get to see I got to get it on camera and share it

With millions of people so we can learn how brake pads are made. And again, thank you very much

I'm gonna link their brake pads in the description so that if you guys need brake pads

You saw what goes into them you saw the quality, you could find them down in the description

I think it's pretty cool to run brake pads that you actually know how they're made speaking of how it's made

This is my first time making a video like this

Normally, I do how to replace brake pads or how to replace a wheel bearing not how it's made

let me know in the comments what you guys thought is this something that you want to see me continue doing we can make a

little series out of it

Hopefully other brands reach out and we could see how I don't know wheel bearings are made or tires are made

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I'm gonna link this brand brake pads in the description go check them out

I'll also link a video on how to replace brake pads from start to finish that goes in-depth so

You know exactly how to do it yourself

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