How Brakes Work

How Brakes Work

I am sure everyone feels the brake system is one of the most important safety areas on a car. Over the years the car brake system has become much more complex and safer.Your brakes work as hard or harder than any other part of the car.

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The brake system consists of disk brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear connected by a system of brake lines 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 brakes, power brake 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 hydraulic brake fluid through a series of brake lines and hoses to the braking caliper or wheel cylinder at each wheel.   It is very important that the fluid is clean and that there are no air pockets in it.  Air can compress, which causes a sponginess to the pedal and severely reduced braking efficiency.  If air is suspected, then the system must be bled to remove the air.

On a disk 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 disk (rotor), which is attached to the wheel, forcing it to slow down or stop.

This process is similar to a bicycle brake where two rubber pads rub against the wheel rim creating friction.



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