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How Do Car Brakes Work

How Do Car Brakes Work

If you’re wanting to know a little more about how the brakes of your car work, Monnington Motors are here to make your understanding a little clearer. We specialise in car brakes in Newton Abbot so if you have any questions, feel free to come to us. 80% of the braking force in a car goes through the front wheels, and it is done (not so) simply by: 1. Hydraulic pressure is created in the master cylinder when you put any pressure of the break. 2. The cylinder is filled with brake fluid and pressurised in the brake pipes and travels to the hydraulically activated pistons in each wheel. 3. This then causes on your pads or shoes on to rotating parts, causing your car to stop.

Disc Brakes Newton Abbot

Disc brakes are commonly attached to the front wheel on most vehicles; however, they are located on the back wheels on some larger vehicles. The main components of a brake disc are: • brake padscalliper – containing a piston • disc – attached to the hub The disc brakes are like those found on a bicycle. Bicycle brakes have a calliper – which squeezes the brake pads against the wheel. However, on a disc brake, the brake pads don’t squeeze the wheel but the disc. The force is then hydraulically transmitted through a cable, causing friction and making the car slow. At Monnington Motors, we repair or replace disc brakes at our garage so feel free to visit us today or call 01626 363 630.

Drum Brakes Newton Abbot

Drum brakes are very similar to disks as it’s the same system, accept the spinning surface is the called a drum and not a disk. You’ll often find cars have drum brakes on their rear wheels and disk brakes on the front. They are also easier and cheaper to manufacture but are a lot harder to service than disks. The car slows down by friction being caused by the metal lined brake shoes being pressed against the surface of the wheel by hydraulic wheel cylinders. To find out more about this, call our garage on 01626 363 630.

ABS Brakes Newton Abbot

ABS means ‘anti-locking braking system’ and essentially stops the car wheels locking during heavy or harsh braking. They ensure the car doesn’t skid or lose control and lead to a worse injury. Here’s how they work: With non-ABS brakes, the brake pads put pressure on the car wheels, making them rotate more frequently but slower. • This does slow the car down, however the speed of the wheel spin remains • When this happens, the car is still able to be pulled in any direction, but when the wheels are moving at different speeds, they begin to lock • This is because when the front wheels turn, as they continue to rotate, they pull the front of the car in the desired direction • Skidding is then caused if one or more wheels stop rotating, so if the driver tries to steer then they’ll skid all over the road If this still does not make sense (and we understand if it doesn’t) call one of our experienced mechanics today on 01626 363 630. The ABS system monitors the speed of all the wheels and if it notices one rotating at the wrong speed it can alter the brake pad pressure to allow that wheel to return to the correct speed, resulting in the driver keeping control. This is constantly happening and so the driver may feel a slight pulse when braking.

Monnington Motors Newton Abbot

We hope we could teach you a little about brakes and hope you now have a better understanding on how they work. If you need your brakes servicing, repairing or replacing, be sure to contact us at Monnington Motors on 01626 363 630. Our friendly and professional team of mechanics will be happy to help with any issues or questions you may have.
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