Your car brakes are the most important part of your car. We all know what car brakes do, but have you ever wondered how they actually work? Here’s what you need to know about car brakes and how exactly they slow down your car to a stop.
What Happens When You Hit the Brakes?
When your foot presses down on the brake pedal, it causes a lever to push a piston into a part filled with hydraulic fluid known as the master cylinder. Then the hydraulic fluid goes along and other cylinders next to the brakes get filled. When the pedal is pressed, hydraulic pressure is sent to the other cylinders from the master cylinder. The hydraulic brake circuit involves pipes that connect the cylinders that are filled with hydraulic fluid.
This system uses the force from your foot on the brake pedal to stop the car by applying the brakes. The car multiplies the force of your foot to get enough force to apply the brakes, and the brakes transmit this force to the tires with friction.
What are the Different Parts?
Your car brakes are one of the most important parts of your car, so it’s crucial that all parts involved are in good condition. Here are some of the components that are involved in the car brake system:
- Piston: cylindrical plug attached to a rod on one end and closed on the other. Force is transferred through the piston to the connected rod.
- Cylinders: holes that contain pistons, the master cylinder is the part where system pressure is generated, and the other cylinders produce movement. With drum brakes, wheel cylinders are used.
- Caliper: a part involved with disc brakes, the caliper forms the cylinder containing piston and brake pads. This allows for braking by acting on a rotating disc.
- Brake Pads: cover the disc and clamp against it to slow or stop it from each side. These are pressed on by pistons and convert the kinetic energy of the car to thermal energy using friction.
- Brake Shoe: with drum brake systems, a brake shoe is used. This metal carrier has friction linings attached
Brake Repairs We Offer
At Mobile Auto Service, we offer ABS Control Module Replacement, Brake Pad Replacement, Emergency/Parking Brake Cable Replacement, Brake Caliper Replacement, Brake Rotors/Discs Replacement, Emergency/Parking Brake Shoe Replacement, Brake Drum Replacement, Brake Shoe Replacement, Power Brake Booster Replacement, Brake Hose Replacement, Brake System Flush, Brake Master Cylinder Replacement, Brake Wheel Cylinder Replacement
Take Care of Your Brakes with Mobile Auto Service
Mobile Auto Service is there for you anytime you need us. Whether you’re in the middle of a roadside emergency or looking for seasonal maintenance, you should always have our number handy. Use Mobile Auto Service to fulfill any variety of your auto repair and maintenance needs. To schedule your affordable and honest service today, contact us for a free quote at 443-424-0131.