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An anchor plate serves different functions depending on the context of its application within vehicle braking systems.

Anchor Plate in Leading/Trailing Drum Brake:

  1. Stationary Portion for Brake Shoes:
  • In the context of a leading/trailing drum brake assembly, the anchor plate refers to the stationary part on which the heels of the brake shoes rest.
  • The brake shoes pivot around the anchor plate when the brakes are applied, pressing the friction material against the inner surface of the drum to generate braking force.
  • It provides a stable point of contact and support for the brake shoes, ensuring consistent and effective braking performance.

Anchor Plate in Floating/Sliding Caliper Mounting:

  1. Bracket for Caliper Mounting:
  • In the context of disc brakes with floating or sliding calipers, an anchor plate is a bracket solidly attached to the vehicle suspension or steering knuckle.
  • The anchor plate serves as the mounting point for the floating or sliding caliper assembly.
  • It provides a secure and stable attachment for the caliper, allowing it to move laterally or slide relative to the brake rotor during braking.
  • This movement allows the caliper to apply even pressure to the brake pads on both sides of the rotor, ensuring efficient braking performance and minimizing uneven wear.

Importance in Braking Systems:

  • Functionality: Anchor plates play a crucial role in both drum and disc brake systems by providing stable mounting points for brake components.
  • Alignment and Stability: They ensure proper alignment of brake shoes or calipers, allowing them to operate effectively and apply braking force evenly.
  • Safety and Reliability: Proper installation and maintenance of anchor plates are essential for maintaining optimal brake system performance, ensuring vehicle safety, and prolonging the lifespan of braking components.

Anchor plates are integral components in both drum and disc brake systems, serving as stationary supports or mounting brackets for brake shoes or calipers. Their role in providing stability, alignment, and secure attachment contributes to the overall effectiveness and safety of vehicle braking systems. Understanding their specific functions helps in maintaining and optimizing brake performance in automotive applications.

See Related Term:

  • Caliper mounting bracket
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