The brake system on your vehicle is the most important safety system.
Never put off routine brake inspections or any needed brake repair to be sure your vehicle can continue to operate properly. If you suspect any problems have the brake system checked immediately.
When pressure is applied to the brake pedal, the force generates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder.
Pressure flows through the hydraulic brake lines and hoses to the wheel cylinders and calipers, forcing the pads against the rotors (on disc brakes) and shoes against the drums (on drum brakes).
The result is friction that slows the vehicle and is relative to the amount of pressure applied at the brake pedal
Brakes are a normal wearing item on any vehicle. Eventually they are going to need to be replaced for proper performance and safety reasons.
- Have your brake linings, drums and rotors as well as the brake fluid inspected regularly. This allows you to plan ahead for brake work by knowing the brake condition as your vehicle ages.
- A typical “brake job” consists of brake pads or shoe replacement, along with related hardware. Depending on the condition or thickness of the drums or rotors, machining or replacement may be necessary.
Your vehicle’s parking brake should also be checked for proper operation and adjustment. In some cases, the parking brake shoes/pads may need replacement.