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Discs, Rotors & Hardware for Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was designed to handle heavy loads. When selecting brake system components for these automobiles, you deserve to feel confident that the vehicle will perform under all types of conditions while ensuring safety and comfort. Understanding how the disc brakes operate and the responsibilities of each component within the system gives you the opportunity to make the selection process much more informed.

How does a disc braking system on Silverado 1500 work?

There is a disc braking system installed on the front of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. This type of system begins its operation when the driver presses the brake pedal inside of the vehicle. This causes the master cylinder to force fluid through the system, sending it to the calipers located by the front wheels. The pressure of the fluid extends pistons within the caliper outward, forcing the brake pads to grab onto the rotor or brake disc. The friction of this action is what forces the vehicle to slow down or come to a halt.

What types of brake pads are available for Chevy Silverado?

There are three main types of brake pads made for the Chevy Silverado truck models out there. These options include semi-metallic, non-asbestos, and ceramic.

  • Semi-metallic. These pads are made from metal fibers, most commonly copper, brass, or steel, which are bonded together with resin to make them durable and strong.
  • Non-asbestos. Pads made from materials which are classified as natural such as glass, rubber, or Kevlar bound with resin to increase their lifespan.
  • Ceramic. Brake pads made from ceramic materials that are blended with copper fibers and kiln dried to make them hard while reducing the amount of dust that they produce during braking.
What are slotted or drilled rotors?

Brake rotors come in three main options. These options include standard, slotted, and drilled. Standard rotors have a flat surface in which the brake pads are forced against during braking. Slotted rotors have slits designed into the surface, while drilled rotors have patterns of holes drilled into the surface. These slits and drill holes provide ventilation for gases and heat which is caused during braking experiences to be vented away from the brake system components.

What is a caliper cover?

Calipers are a major component of the vehicles braking system. These parts provide the pressure necessary for pushing the brake pads against the disc surface. The calipers are located at the wheel point and can be seen through the rim. Caliper covers provide a more visual appeal for these components. The covers also provide protection from excessive mud or debris getting into the caliper area causing hesitation during braking.

What is a power brake booster for the Silverado 1500?

A power brake booster is a component that works with the existing brake system installed in a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck. These parts reduce the amount of pressure that is needed on the brake pedal to maximize braking capabilities. The component controls the pressure within the braking system giving the driver more control of the vehicle during braking.