Thursday, 9 May 2013

Why Use Braided Brake Lines?

Many whom want to upgrade their brake systems within their vehicles might well be favouring steel braided brake lines as an aftermarket improvement to a performance vehicle. Although before any descision is made, it's vital to understand how braided brake hoses differ from the standard factory brake hoses in your motor and how they work.

Brake Lines in a Braking System

Brake Hoses are one of the most essential parts of the brake system. Most vehicles will use a hydraulic brake system. Which means the braking power is caused by fluid being pressurised in the brake caliper. The brake hoses of a vehicle then have to carry that fluid from the master cylinder to the caliper, and they have to do it promptly. When your brake hoses are not in the best shape, the power of your braking may be reduced, or potentially even fail.

Braided Brake Lines: Advantages

A lot of drivers of specialty vehicles prefer steel braided brake lines for a couple of reasons. Off-road drivers appreciate the difficulty for stray objects to puncture the braided brake line designs. Another feature is that braided brake lines are subject to significantly less of a bulge when pressure is placed upon them. In a braking situation, brake lines bulge under pressure. The lesser the bulge the better, because it aids to retain the integrity of the brake line. This is the reason why some race cars and other vehicles carry steel braided brake lines as opposed to the standard lines.

More About Steel Braided Brake Lines

In the end, the important thing is the integrity of the braking system as a whole. The brake rotors must to be functional and aligned or calibrated properly. The brake hoses need to be secure. Any kind of damage to the vehicle's brake system can be extremely dangerous on the road. That's why many car owners trust local shops to repair and maintain their brake systems with the best parts and techniques for safe road operation.

CAM Auto stock the Goodridge brand of brake lines. The Goodridge brake lines are a great choice for performance brake lines. Both car brake hoses and motorcycle brake hoses. They keep the motors braking performance extremely strong and do not swell like rubber brake lines will. With a swollen line this decreases the brake fluid pressure, which will often compromise the vehicle's overall braking power.

For more information about brake lines or to view our range of Goodridge hoses, please visit our website: CAM Auto Developments.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Powerflex Black Series new to CAM Auto

Powerflex is the leader in the racing market of performance polyurethane suspension bushes with the fastest and deepest growing range of products.

Powerflex have now launched the new range of poly bushes specifically developed for motorsport and track use.

Powerflex Black Series, Designed for the Track, Ready to Race, Engineered to be the best

The new Powerflex black series bushes are now supplied to CAM in unique, modern packaging and are now available from CAM Auto.

If your track requirements are for the best in handling and chassis performance then the Powerflex Black Series are unique, offering pricision and accurate alignment for the chassis.

We're very excited about the potential of this great new product range from Powerflex. At CAM we are now fully equipped to deal with absolutely all purposes whether it be road poly bushes or the new range of track and race poly bushes. View our Powerflex Black Series page to see how you can go about getting yours today.

For more information about this new exciting product range, get in touch with us here at CAM Auto Developments.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

What are the different types of Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid now is available in 3 types, these are DOT3, DOT4 and DOT5. Both DOT3 and DOT4 are glycol-based braking fluid, and DOT5 is a silicon-based fluid. The primary difference is that DOT3 and DOT4 absorb water, while DOT5 does not.

One of the more important aspects of brake fluid is its boiling point. Hydraulic systems heavily rely on incompressible fluid to transmit the force. These liquids are generally incompressible while gases are actually compressible.

If the brake fluid begins to boil (becoming gas), it will then lose the majority of its capability to transmit any force. This could completely or partially disengage your brakes. To worsen matters, the time you are most likely to boil your brake fluid is during excessive braking, such a driving downhill -- definately not the best time for your brakes to fail!

DOT3, DOT4 and DOT5

­As a DOT3 or DOT4 brake fluid absorb water, its boiling point then decreases. It absorbs from the air, which is why it is best to avoid opening your car's brake fluid reservoir. And for the exact same reason, you should always keep any container of brake fluid firmly sealed.

As DOT5 fluid does not absorb water. This means that the boiling point will remain quite stable, but this also means that any water that does interact with your brake system will often form pure water pockets, which could actually cause brake corrosion.

Two other very important things about brake fluid to note: DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids eat paint, so avoid spilling either of these on your car. Also, no different types of brake fluid should ever be mixed. They can react negatively with each other and corrode your braking system.

At CAM Auto we stock 2 of the market leading brake fluid products from Ferodo and AP Racing:

Ferodo dot 5.1 brake fluid
AP Racing brake fluid

Available to buy online now at CAM Auto. Please contact us for more information

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The New Powerflex Black Series - Coming Soon

Within the last 15 years, Powerflex has become the leaders in the market of performance polyurethane suspension bushes with the fastest and deepest growing range of products.

Powerflex are launching a new range of poly bushes specifically developed for motorsport use.

Powerflex Black Series, Designed for the Track, Ready to Race, Engineered to be the best

Powerflex's poly bushes have always been developed to offer the best in every department:-
  • Performance
  • Durability
  • Safety
Although there are a number of applications where performance is the only consideration.

For the ultimate performance, Powerflex introduce the Black Series.

Powerflex Black Series bushes are manufactured by using a 95 Shore A compound to provide absolute maximum control of chassis geometry.

If your motoring requirements are purely for the greatest experience in handling and chassis performance then the Powerflex Black Series are entirely unique in their performance, which offers the most precise and pinpoint accurate alignment for your chassis.

The new Powerflex parts will be supplied in unique packaging and will soon be listed on the CAM Auto website.

The planned launch date for Powerflex Black Series is the end of January.

For more information about this new product range, get in touch with us here at CAM Auto Developments.

Friday, 30 November 2012

How important are brake pads?

The brake pad is one of the most important components in your motor vehicles braking system; it is the part responsible for stopping your car. However, brake pads are not built to last – that’s just the nature of their design. Therefore, it’s important to understand how brake pads work and when you should replace them.

Brake pads are a part of the disc braking system, which is standard for modern vehicles. In a disc braking system, a caliper is situated around the front wheels of your vehicle (most of a car’s stopping force comes from the front tires). The caliper is fitted with the brake pads. When you press the brake pedal, the caliper squeezes the brake pads against the wheel and the resulting friction then slows your vehicle to a stop.

Brake pads are soft, so that they don’t erode the disc while they are in use. Instead, the friction wears away at the brake pad, which is an easily replaceable part. Over time, the brake pads will erode away with use and must be periodically replaced. There are a number of variables that affect how often you need to replace your brake pads, but its basically down to the model of car you drive and how often and how hard you apply your brakes. Generally, brake pads may need to be replaced every 20,000 to 60,000 miles.

There is however one sure-fire indicator that you need new brake pads: squealing. Brake pads actually have a sort of built-in alarm system to alert you when they need to be replaced. There is a little bit of metal that sticks out of the brake pad. When the pad is worn down enough, this metal comes into contact with your wheel every time the brakes are applied. This creates a squealing or screeching noise every time you apply the brakes. Although waiting until you can hear your brakes screeching to replace your brake pads is not the best idea. The bit of metal is not exposed to the wheel until there is very little of the brake pad left. Once you can hear screeching, it generally means that your brake pads have only three or four weeks left before they are completely worn away.

Without the brake pad, you’ll be stopping your car with metal-on-metal friction, which can damage your wheel, damage your brake system and cause a very expensive repair. If you hear squealing or notice reduced stopping power you will need a new set of brake pads.

At CAM Auto Developments we stock Ferodo brake products for both front brake pads and rear brake pads. We believe Ferodo have created the high specification of brake pads today.

Visit our website to view our great range of Car brake pads

Friday, 9 November 2012

CAM Auto now an official supplier of Lifeline

CAM Auto Developments are now a proud supplier of a range of Lifeline products. CAM Auto is one of a few UK suppliers and the only one in the county of Hertfordshire.

The range of Lifeline products extends across all types of car fire extinguisher, including Lifeline 360, Lifeline 2000, Hand Held Extinguishers and Lifeline Accessories. As well as offering the products themselves CAM Auto Development also offer a full fire extinguisher refill and fire extinguisher servicing for your Lifeline extinguisher.

When choosing a car fire extinguisher, it is possible to have an economic solution provided the limitations are recognised and accommodated. The first step is to pinpoint the risk, potential consequences and set a budget accordingly. In-car safety equipment has one primary function and that is to save life. Secondary to that, certainly as far as the extinguisher equipment is concerned, is to save property – the car - and as such should be considered the same as insurance. It therefore follows that the best available option should be used to save both life and vehicle wherever possible.

Although Lifeline are specialists in car fire extinguishers, they also have a great range of car racing parts which are all available from CAM Auto. These include Steering Wheel Boss, Car Mirrors and Roll Cage Padding.

CAM Auto are proud to supply this range of Lifeline products and has already met great interest from our customers, to check out these products please visit the Lifeline Fire page at the CAM Auto website. Alternatively to discuss your requirements give us a call on: 01727 827717.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

CAM Auto at the Footman James Classic Motor Show

The Footman James Classic Motor Show is the biggest and most popular classic car exhibition in the United Kingdom. Displaying over 1400 amazing cars from all eras, showcasing a myriad of marques and car models, this event really is every motoring enthusiast’s paradise!

Every year tens of thousands of visitors, from all over the world, gather for this annual homage to motoring history. Whether you are a owner of a classic car, a collector, an enthusiast, or if you simply love all kinds of cars, this really is a ‘must see’ show!

This ‘Grand Finale’ to the UK classic season celebrates all ages - the veteran, the vintage, the classic and the future classic, bringing together the entire motoring spectrum in this unique annual celebration of motoring.
CAM Auto will be in attendence offering our wide range of motorsport parts and racing parts as traders at the event. We will be located within hall 19 at the bottom left corner, 19T171.

“It’s all about bringing together people who share a passion for cars"

We hope you'll visit us at the most eagerly awaited classic car event of 2012.