Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Brake System

Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they're going to need replacement.  Avoid letting your brakes get to the "metal-to-metal" point, which usually means accelerating expensive rotor or drum replacement.

Several factors that affect wear include:

  • Driving habits
  • Operating conditions
  • Vehicle type
  • The quality of brake lining material
What does the brake system do?

When you push the brake pedal, the force generates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder.  This pressure flows through the hydraulic lines and hoses to the wheel cylinders and calipers, forcing the shoes against the drums (drum brakes) and the pads against the rotors (disc brakes).  The resulting friction slows the vehicle and is relative to the amount of force applied at the brake pedal.  To view a video on brakes please visit our website and the videos are on under the "About Us" column.

If you have not had the brakes inspected on your vehicle in the last 12 months, call today for an appointment (530) 621-4591.

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