Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Brake Specials!

It’s October, the month filled with pumpkins, crisp air and cute little goblins. It’s also the month dedicated to bringing awareness to Breast Cancer. For me, pink is the new orange, especially on Wednesdays! You may wonder why I have decided to write about Breast Cancer awareness. Well, when it comes to going “pink” most people think about that pink ribbon and that national organization that promotes awareness, but for me, it makes me think of ways of contributing to the cause and trying to do so with a bigger impact. I want my donations to go toward trying to find a cure and not toward the administration fees involved. For that reason, I found a company that not only supports Breast Cancer awareness, but Breast Cancer Research. Bonus… it’s automotive based. How cool is that? What is it you ask? Brakes for Breasts.

Before I give you a little detail on the organization, let me talk about brake safety. I know I have discussed this with you before, but brake safety for your vehicles one of the number one vital components that affect, not only you, the driver, but pretty much everyone around you and your car. There are so many aspects to brakes than just the brake pads or brake friction material. The braking system on most vehicles consist of the friction material, a set of brake rotors or brake drums and an intricate brake hydraulic system. These components work together simultaneously like a beautiful ballet with each piece doing their job to allow the others to work properly. 

For most drivers, the first brake issue they experience is with the brake pads or brake shoes. Brake pads and brake shoes are a friction material that squeeze against the brake disc when the brake pedal is applied to apply pressure from the brake hydraulic system. Metallic brake pads consist of a mix of iron, copper, steel and graphite that are bonded to from the brake pad material. Because of the material that the pads are compiled from, brake noise is sometimes inevitable. Years ago, brake pad materials also included asbestos. That asbestos was a great material choice to absorb and dissipate the heat generated while stopping. Obviously, due to the health risks, asbestos was replaced with organic and metallic compounds. Some vehicles come with an option for ceramic brake pads.

Ceramic brake pads consist of stacked glass ceramic fibers, filler material, bonding agents along with a small amount of various metals. Think of a dual pane window in your home. The ceramic pads are much like those in how they handle heat. Ceramic pads help to inhibit the heat that is generated between the brake pad and brake rotor and help to keep the brake hydraulic components and brake fluid cooler than the metallic brake pads do. Because ceramic pads have these characteristics, they tend to not experience the loss of performance when they get close to the end of their wear expectancy. Because of this, it is important to have your brake lining checked periodically to ensure that you do not damage your brake rotors or calipers. Whichever brake pad your vehicle was equipped with from the factory, we recommend sticking with. As with so many other components in your engine and on your car, there is a lot of science and engineering that goes into creating the safest and most effective product for the consumer. If the manufacture recommends a specific type, there is a reason for that. 

Now… back to Brakes for Breasts. Let me give you a little run down on why I am so proud and honored to be a part of this movement. First and foremost the funds donated go directly to Dr. Vincent Tuohy and his team at the Cleveland Clinic. This is the doctor that is working on a vaccine for breast cancer. Dr. Tuohy and his team have successfully tested a Breast Cancer Prevention Vaccine in his lab and are gearing up for the start of Phase I Trials! How exciting is that? So, during the month of October, auto repair shops from across the United States are offering free brake pads to their customers. We are included in that group! For every brake service performed at one of the participating shops, customers will receive their brake pads for free and just pay for the labor and the other parts. Each shop will then donate 10% of that brake service to The Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. I am proud to say that in 2016 we were able to donate over $1,400.00 and in 2017 we donated over $1,700.00. This year our goal is to exceed $2,000.00 in donations. 
Help us put the brakes on breast cancer. Prevention is the cure!