Understanding the Braking System for Your Car
When it comes to the safe operation of a vehicle, few of the components in a car are as important as the brakes. That’s why it’s important to pay very close attention to this aspect of the function of your car and to make sure that the best available parts are used when the brake system needs replacement parts or repair.
Companies like Brembo produce some of the highest quality brake system accessories, regardless of whether your interests are in sports breaking, or simply having a safe and reliable braking system for your family vehicle. However, in order to know what needs to be maintained, replaced or repaired, it’s important to understand the braking system for your vehicle.
The braking system of the vehicle is actually quite simple. It all begins with the brake pedal inside the vehicle’s interior. When pressing this pedal, you engage the master cylinder; this is where the brake fluid is housed. The brake fluid flows out of the master cylinder through the dedicated brake lines to the brake calipers.
The braking fluid acts as hydraulic fluid to push out and retract a very large piston inside of the brake caliper, which forces the brake pads onto what is known as a brake disk or a brake rotor. The friction between the brake pads and the brake discs are what slows your vehicle down.
A brake system, especially the brake pads and the brake rotor, is exposed to a great deal of wear over the average use of the vehicle. That’s why it’s important to keep a close watch on the brakes. It’s routine for brake pads and brake rotors to have to be replaced at regular intervals, although how often will depend on the type of vehicle you drive.
A typical problem that you’ll have with the braking system is associated with rotors that have worn unevenly over a span of time. If you notice your vehicle shaking when you apply the brakes at speeds of over 30 miles an hour, it may be time for you to replace your brake rotors with quality Brembo brake discs.
Brake pads will also require replacement at some point. Fortunately, many braking systems, either the brake calipers themselves, or the brake pads, come equipped with wear indicators. As the brake pads begin to wear down, the wear indicator will begin to rub against the brake rotors.
This process will usually be indicated by a squealing sound, either when the brakes are depressed, or when the vehicle is turning. When you notice this sound, it’s probably time to change the brake pads. In order to confirm this, all you’ll need to do is remove one of the tires and examine the thickness of the brake pads.
Regardless of whether you have to do a brake repair on a master cylinder or caliper, or you have to replace brake rotors or brake pads, always look for quality replacement parts such as those provided by Brembo. Don’t trust your brakes to replacement parts with questionable quality.