Today’s brakes involve a number of different components working together in concert to ensure you can stop and manoeuvre a vehicle whilst keeping it under control. The key components of a vehicle’s braking system are: a master cylinder, servo, brake callipers on each wheel, hydraulic fluid and then disks, pads, cylinders, drums and shoes. All the braking components are linked together by a network of hoses and pipes. Read our article in full about what disc brakes are...
The main brake pedal is linked to the master cylinder in the engine compartment of your vehicle. This cylinder contains brake fluid. As you press down your foot on the brake pedal, it creates a hydraulic pressure within the master cylinder, and that in turn pressurises the fluid within the network of brake pipes and hoses. As the fluid cannot compress, it activates pistons within each wheel's hub assembly. This, in turn, forces a friction material onto rotating parts, and that is the way that the vehicle stops.
A vehicles disc brake system is made up of a brake disc, a brake calliper and a brake pad on each wheel. When the brake is applied, the pressurised hydraulic fluid squeezes the pads’ friction material against the surface of a rotating disc. The result of this is that friction is produced which makes the vehicle slow down or stop.
Your vehicle's brakes are a crucial part of your vehicle’s safety systems, and it is vital that they are maintained in full working order. If you have any symptoms of brake failure or can hear unusual noises when you apply the brakes then you should have them checked. If you need a brake check or want to have your brake discs or brake pads replaced, then we can help you. Call our Car Clinic MOT Centre Ellesmere Port car garage for your free no-obligation Ellesmere Port brakes, car repairs Ellesmere Port, Ellesmere Port tyres, MOT Ellesmere Port or Ellesmere Port car servicing quote on 0151 3390101.