Your car's brakes are one of the most important safety components, they allow the vehicle to slow down, stop, avoid accidents and hazards and also keep your car stationary when parked. Being made up of several components it is vital that you get your whole brake system checked regularly to ensure your family travels safely.
The experienced team at Burwood Automotive and Exhaust carry out a comprehensive inspection of your vehicles braking system and will advise you on any necessary repairs to ensure the performance and safety are maintained to the highest standard. We us only the most trusted brands, such as Bendix for parts.
How do brakes work?
Your vehicle's brakes utilise pressure and friction to slow down or come to a stop. As you apply pressure to the pedal, fluid in the brake system builds up pressure against the brake pads/shoes. The pads/shoes the clamp onto the metal rotors and drums effectively slowing or stopping the vehicle. The emergency brake is usually applied to the rear wheels mechanically or electronically when the hand brake or foot brake is activated.
Modern cars today utilise a hydraulic system, when the brakes are applied the power-brake booster multiplies pedal pressure and transfers this pressure via the brake fluid to the brake pads. Due to the fact that fluids don't compress under pressure, the brake fluid can instantly transfer braking power.
Braking system types
Most cars use disc and drum brake assemblies in their brake systems. These days car are fitted with disc brakes on all four wheels; however, some cars (such as light commercial models) still use a drum brake assembly on the rear wheels. As safety performance awareness increases, many car manufacturers are fitting anti-lock brakes (ABS) – a computer-controlled system – as an added component to prevent wheel lockup and skidding. ABS usually works in conjunction with other vehicle systems such as stability control.
Braking system components
A car's braking system is made up of several components including the brake pedal, disc calliper, drums, disc rotor, disc pads and shoes, hand brake, brake-fluid lines and fluid, emergency brake, depending on make and model, electronic modules and ABS control unit and many more. All of these componenets need careful regular maintenance.
The warning signs
Here are (some) of the signs that your car’s braking system needs a checkup:
- A spongy brake pedal.
- A grinding sound when you press the brake pedal.
- Squealing brakes.
- The car pulling to one side when you brake.
- The brake warning light illuminating.
- The brake pedal being hard to press.