Most Important Safety Device on Your Car
Probably the most crucial safety feature on your car is the brakes. If you’ve ever had your brakes fail partially, you’ll understand why you don’t want to go through that again. You and your passengers can be kept safe by twice-yearly brake inspections for wear and damage. Furthermore, by spotting any damage early on, it will also enable you to save money.
Components Of The Brake System That May Fail
The Master Cylinder
When the brake fluid is not being fed to the brakes through the brake lines, it is stored in the master cylinder, the brain of the vehicle’s braking system. The brake pads will be damaged if braking fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn, brake lines are clogged, or the brake lines are broken.
The Brake Fluid
The brake fluid itself may get soiled or polluted when it absorbs moisture that promotes rust and gathers other debris, or it may degrade due to excessive heat. While unclean brake fluid may be dark or even black, clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow. Internal damage to ABS brake systems can be caused by old or unclean brake fluid.
The Brake Lines
A combination valve, which includes a metering valve with a proportioning valve, is used to link the brake lines to the master cylinder. In order to ensure that both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously, it controls the pressure on the front and rear wheels. The wheels could lock up due to a broken combination valve.
Brake Pads and Shoes
Metal makes up the disc rotors and drums they push against, while ceramic, metal, or organic materials can be used to make brake pads and shoes. Because they need to provide friction to stop the automobile, the pads and shoes gradually deteriorate over time and may eventually disappear entirely, causing the metal of the calipers and cylinders to grind against the rotors and drums and cause damage. Some brake pads have a metal strip attached that, when the pad gets too worn, emits a warning whistle. However, this strip only emits a whistle when the car is moving and the brakes are not deployed.