Your braking system is a crucial part of your vehicle; no questions there. Regardless of the importance, many people know very little about how this system works. We know that when the pedal is pressed, our vehicle will stop. But, how can you be sure? Understanding the basics of the braking system as a whole will help you recognize when brake repair is needed. Whether service or repair, keeping your brakes in tip-top condition is a must not only for your safety but for those around you as well.
Here is a brief overview of what happens when you push the brake pedal.
The art of coming to a stop.
For most, pushing the brake pedal and coming to a stop is a given. An action that many of us take for granted. However, with the simple act of pressing the pedal, your vehicle goes to work.
When the brake pedal is pressed, another lever kicks in, increasing your pushing force. This lever pushes a piston into a narrow cylinder filled with hydraulic brake fluid. The piston then moves the fluid into another cylinder within the wheel. When the fluid enters the new cylinder, it pushes the piston on the broader cylinder to increase the force. The piston then moves the brake pad toward the disc, causing friction which ultimately stops the vehicle.
Brake repair starts with knowing what type of brakes you have.
Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one type of braking system. Below is an outline of the three categories.
- Disc Brakes: The most common type of brakes. When the pedal is pressed, the brake pad clamps onto the disc creating friction which stops the vehicle’s motion.
- Drum Brakes: This system uses a shoe inside a hollow wheel hub to stop the rotating motion.
- Handbrake: A handbrake works with both disc and drum systems. When the brake cables are manually pulled, pressure is applied to the two rear brakes.
Common signs that brake repair is in your future.
Now that you have a basic understanding of how your brakes operate, it’s imperative to recognize the warning signs that they may be failing.
- Your brake light is on – never ignore this!
- Grinding or squeaking when pressing the brake pedal.
- Vibration in the pedal or steering wheel when stopping.
- The vehicle pulls to one side when braking.
If you believe your vehicle needs brake repair, never wait until it is too late. Instead, at the first signs of trouble, give the experts at Durabild a call. Located in the heart of downtown Nashua, we’ve become the local go-to for trusted, reliable service that won’t break the bank.
To schedule your appointment with Durabild please contact us by calling (603) 883-1030.