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Understanding the Basic Components of Your Car's Brakes

Last updated 4 years ago

Your brakes are one of the most important safety systems on your car. Using a highly sophisticated hydraulic and friction system, your brakes are able to slow and stop your vehicle with incredible precision. Understanding the basic components of your brake system will help you recognize when it’s time to schedule your next brake service. Here is a guide to some of the basic components of your car’s brakes.

Brake Fluid

Your brake system uses pressurized fluid to create braking power. Brake fluid is one of the crucial components of this hydraulic system. Pressurized brake fluid is sent throughout your braking system using a system of lines and hoses, and this fluid is what allows the moving components of your brakes to function.

Master Cylinder

The master cylinder is what translates your foot on the brake pedal into braking power for your vehicle. Every time you step on the brake pedal, the master cylinder transforms this pressure from your foot into hydraulic pressure for your braking system.

Brake Calipers

Brake calipers are fitted over the wheel rotors. The wheel rotors spin along with the car’s wheel. When pressure is sent to the brake caliper, this pressure is placed on the wheel rotor, which causes the vehicle to stop.

Brake Pads

Brake pads are placed between the brake calipers and the wheel rotors. As the caliper presses on the rotor, the brake pad helps create the friction that causes the car to stop. To keep a car’s brakes in proper working condition, it is important to change the brake pads as soon as they wear down.

At Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair, our master technicians can provide your car with expert brake repairs. We provide our customers in the Atlanta and Smyrna areas with all types of automotive repairs, including wheel alignments and new tire sales from our store. To learn more about the quality auto services we have to offer you, call us at (404) 334-9531.


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