3 Things to Do to Always Avoid Brake Failure

3 Things to Do to Always Avoid Brake Failure

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A brake is a mechanical device that inhibits motion by absorbing energy from a moving system. It is used for slowing or stopping a moving vehicle, wheel, axle or to prevent its motion. Most often accomplished by means of friction.

When you press your brake pedal, you engage a complex system. The application of the brake pedal forces brake fluid to engage systems that forces the brake pad onto the brake disc rotor, causing friction and bringing your car to a stop. The brake pads of your car are fitted to the brake caliper. This is the part of the car that applies and releases the brake pads from the disc rotor.

Brake calipers comprises piston or pistons (depending on your car) that pushes or releases when the brake pedal is pressed or released. Specifically designed rubber components ensure that the brake (hydraulic) fluid does not leak, from the system or allow dirt and grime into the system so as to experience brake failure.

How to avoid brake failure:

  1. Listen to your vehicle: Brakes will squeak, grind and click at different times. Listen for when the noise changes so you can have them checked out. A squeaking noise can indicate thin or worn brake pads.
  2. If the brakes routinely overheat they create hot spots in the brake rotors or drums. These hot spots resist friction and reduce the grabbing mechanism in the brake system. The way you drive can cause these hot spots. Avoid riding your brakes. Apply moderate pressure and then release the brake which allows them to cool. Riding the brakes causes them to overheat and create the hot spots.
  3. Oil leaks can remove the friction inside the braking system. Oil is needed throughout the vehicle to keep it running smoothly.

What to do you experience brake failure:

  1. Stay calm and slow down by laying off the gas pedal
  2. Turn on your hazard lights to signal that something is wrong. You may use your horn too.
  3. Whether you drive an automatic or a standard, shift your car into a lower gear to help it slow down.

The brake system of every car is by far the most important safety system that it has. Being able to slow down or stop at a moment’s notice will help to avoid an incident or accident. Improperly working brakes will not do the job they are designed to do and will not be as effective when needed, especially in a panic stop situation. All components need to be in good shape and working properly for the car to have 100% brake system effectiveness while driving.

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