What are the Parts of a Car Brake System?
They include a brake piston, brake cylinder, brake fluid, brake hoses, and brake lines. They also include either brake calipers, brake pads, and brake rotors, or, in the case of older vehicles, brake shoes and brake drums.
How Do Brake Systems Work?
First, the piston traverses the cylinder's bore. This pressurizes the fluid, which travels through the hoses and lines. The liquid's movement charges the calipers, which press the pads to the rotors. (Alternatively, the shoes and drums clamp together.) Everything rubs together, generating friction. This is the resistance that a vehicle uses for slowing and stopping.
When Do Brake Parts Need to Be Replaced?
Unfortunately, they can go bad from both old age and wear from use. What requires replacement depends on the results of a full inspection for brake problems. There are signs you can watch for that tell you it's time for a change, too. Besides warning lights on the dash, such symptoms include:
- Unusual noises when braking
- Shuddering when braking
- An overly soft or low brake pedal
- Diminishing brake grip
- Pulling sideways when braking
- Taking longer to slow and stop
- Grinding sounds
The last sign suggests rotor damage. It usually means a rotor has begun directly contacting brake calipers, probably because of degraded brake pads.
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