The brake system is an interconnected series of brake components that are used to make your vehicle slow down or stop. There are two main types of brake systems: disc brakes and drum brakes. The majority of vehicles have disc brakes, in which a metal disc known as the rotor receives pressure from the brake pads when the brake pedal is pushed down. This will slow down or stop your wheels from turning. The brake pads are held in place by a component known as a brake caliper. In drum brakes, the brake drum rotates alongside your wheels and pressure from the brake shoe inside causes the vehicle to slow down or stop.
Additional key components of the brake system
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Available in most modern cars, the ABS prevents the wheels from skidding or locking up when braking heavily. They also make the steering wheel significantly easier to operate.
Brake Master Cylinder
The brake master cylinder is a reservoir that hold brake fluid. When the brakes are activated, pistons within the cylinder are engaged which sends pressurized brake fluid to the rest of the braking system.
The brake booster is located just beside the brake master cylinder. When force is applied on the brake pedal, the brake booster multiples that force and transfer it to the master cylinder – where brake fluid is released to engage the brakes.
Brake system maintenance
Your brakes are one of the most important components of your vehicle, so it is important to take good care of them. If you have a disc brake system, be sure to have your brake pads replaced as they start to wear out. Brake fluid flushes are also needed as part of your routine maintenance. Check your owner’s manual to ensure your brake maintenance is being done in alignment with the manufacturer’s recommended intervals for your specific vehicle.
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