The modern automotive brake system has been refined for over 100 years and has become extremely dependable and efficient.
How Automotive Brakes Work
A typical brake system consists of disk brakes in the front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear connected by a system of tubes and hoses that link the brake at each wheel to the master cylinder. Other systems that are connected with the brake system include the parking brake, power booster and the anti-lock system.
When you step on the brake pedal, you are actually pushing against a plunger in the master cylinder, which forces brake fluid through a series of tubes and hoses to the braking unit at each wheel arriving with the same pressure it started with.
On a disc brake the fluid from the master cylinder is forced into a caliper where it presses against a piston. The piston in turn squeezes two brake pads against the disc rotor which is attached to the wheel forcing it to slow down or stop.
With drum brakes fluid is forced into a wheel cylinder which pushes the brake shoes out so the friction linings are pressed against the drum which is attached to the wheel causing it to stop.
Don’t Wait Until You Need Brake Repair
The brake system is very complex and sophisticated. Don’t let a poorly maintained brake system spoil your day. Undetected brake problems can be dangerous and costly. At the first sign of any brake symptom get your brakes checked, don’t take chances with this important part of your vehicle. Need brake repairs or a diagnostics? Contact us today!