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How to Repair Brake System


We understand that there are a lot of DIYers out there who can do even complicated auto repairs on their own. With our articles, we hope to ensure that DIYers perform auto installations without a hitch. The purpose of our articles is also to enlighten car owners about the functionality, repair and maintenance of car parts. Even if you are not a regular DIYer, knowing about various car parts and their different aspects can help you explain the exact problem to the mechanic and get it fixed. Above all, being a car owner, having automotive knowledge can come handy in critical situations.'s automotive experts have amassed their years of knowledge and written these articles. We hope you find them useful.


The brake system in an automobile causes the vehicle to come to a halt when the brake pedal is pressed. It also slows down the speed of an automobile. Braking systems commonly used in automobiles are of the hydraulic type. This page is more of an abstract of the working of the various parts of a braking system. The following are links to articles related to the topics centered on the brake system.

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The basic components of a disc brake system include the reservoir, master cylinder, caliper and pads. The reservoir stores the incompressible brake fluid. When the brake pedal is pressed, the fluid flows from the reservoir to the master cylinder and is compressed. The fluid then flows through the brake lines to the slave cylinder in the brake caliper. The caliper pushes the brake pads against the brake rotor, thereby stopping the wheels of the vehicle.


Some vehicles have two master cylinders, so when one cylinder fails, the other can take up the task. There are two types of brake systems: disc and drum. Except for the difference in their components, the drum brake system works similarly to the disc brake system. In a drum brake system, the brake shoes do the job of the pads and wheel cylinders perform the function of calipers. Generally, modern automobiles employ disc brake systems for stopping the front wheels and drum brakes for the rear wheels.


To enhance the braking power further, brake systems include power boosters which are located between the brake pedal and master cylinder. Operating with the help of vacuum, these boosters multiply the force applied on the brake pedal. This helps reduce the effort applied on the brake pedal to a great extent. All modern braking technology incorporates the ABS (anti-lock braking system) to provide better traction and control over the vehicle while driving on slippery road conditions. There are also air brake systems which are generally used in buses and trains.


Apart from disc and drum brakes, automobiles also have hand brakes, which are often called parking brakes. These brakes are used when the hydraulic system fails completely. A hydraulic system will rarely become fully inoperable, provided you do not ignore the symptoms of defects in various parts of the brake system. Often, the brake fluid can leak from the brake components, resulting in a decreased braking performance. Common symptoms of a bad braking system include decreased braking pressure, sticking pedals and increased stopping distance. sells brake system parts such as the master cylinder, caliper, shoes, pads and shoes. We offer site-wide discount sales, occasionally. To stay updated on the recent offers and products at, please follow us on our social media profiles.


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