Braking Service and Systems

Braking Systems

The brake system is composed of two kinds of systems: Hydraulics and Friction Materials. Here's what happens within these systems between the time your foot hits the brake pedal and your car stops.

Hydraulics

  • Master Cylinder: When pressure is applied to the brake pedal, the master cylinder creates hydraulic pressure which pushes brake fluid to the wheel brakes.

  • Brake Lines and Hoses: Steel brake lines and high pressure rubber hoses are the avenues through which the pressurized brake fluid travels.

  • Wheel Cylinders and Calipers: These are the hydraulic cylinders that apply pressure to the friction materials, causing your car to stop.

 

Friction Materials

These brake linings are composed of high temperature materials that create the friction that stops your car. There are many types of brakes that work differently, but the main purpose is the same; these types are the disc brake and the drum brake. In addition to that, the rear disc brakes also include a parking brake system that helps the vehicle to apply the parking brake when the vehicle does not include brake drums.

Types of Brakes

  • Disc Brakes: Disc brakes consist of a Disc Brake Rotor, which is attached to the wheel, and a Caliper, which holds the Disc Brake Pads. Hydraulic pressure from the Master Cylinder causes the Caliper Piston to clamp the Disc Brake Rotor between the Disc Brake Pads. This creates friction between the pads and rotor, causing your car to slow down or stop.

  • Drum Brakes: Drum brakes consist of a Brake Drum attached to the wheel, a Wheel Cylinder, Brake Shoes and Brake Return Springs. Hydraulic pressure from the Master Cylinder causes the Wheel Cylinder to press the Brake Shoes against the Brake Drum. This creates friction between the shoes and drum to slow or stop your car.

  • Parking Brake: The Parking Brake uses Cables to mechanically apply the brakes (usually the rear brake.) This is used to prevent the car from rolling when not being driven.

 Here in Autoservicios Ensenada, we inspect your brake system and we provide

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