Main Parts of a Braking System

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Main Parts of a Braking System

Main Parts of a Braking SystemThe brake system in your car is its number one safety feature. It is integral that you pay attention to how well it is working so that you can be sure you have the ability to come to a quick and complete stop in a moment's notice. The following are the main parts of your vehicle's hydraulic brake system.

Brake Pedal

The pedal is what you push with your foot to activate the brakes. It causes brake fluid to flow through the system to put pressure on the brake pads.

Brake Master Cylinder

The master cylinder is basically a plunger that is activated by the brake pedal. It is what holds the brake fluid and forces it through the brake lines when activated.

Brake Lines

Generally made of steel, brake lines are what carry the brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir to the wheels where pressure is applied to stop the car.

Rotors/Drums

Your car either has rotors (disc brakes) or drums (drum brakes). This is what the brake pads rub against to create the friction to stop your car.

Wheel Cylinders

The brake pads are connected to the wheel cylinders which either squeeze (disc brakes) or push apart (drum brakes) the brake pads when fluid flows into them.

Brake Pads

The brake pads are what actually rub against the drums or rotors. They are made of composite materials and designed to last for many, many thousands of miles. However, if you ever hear a grinding or howling noise when you try to stop your car it likely means it is time for new brake pads.

If you have trouble stopping your car don't hesitate to visit an auto repair shop for further diagnostics. At Brake Masters we offer professional brake repair in Oxnard and Camarillo for all makes and models. Be sure to give us a call at the location nearest you for expert auto maintenance in Oxnard or Camarillo.


Brake Masters Camarillo/Oxnard Blog

Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ



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