All About Car Brakes

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Brakes are essentially hydraulic pressure going through a process which causes friction to stop your car. It does this by pressurising brake fluid along pipes and hoses, which then lead to either disk brake or a drum brake. Did you know 80% of the braking force happens in the front wheels?

Brakes are an extremely important part of any vehicle or machine. Knowing what variations there are and how they work can also be important. PARC Ltd have put together some information to make understanding everything a little easier for you. If you have any questions about car brakes after reading this post, don’t hesitate to call us on 01495 769700.

Disc Brakes Pontypool

Disc brakes contain three main parts, these being: brake pads, calliper and the disk. You normally see them on the back wheels of high performance or large vehicles such as lorries or trucks, as opposed to the front wheels on normal vehicles such as cars.

How they work:

• The disk is squeezed by the brake pads
• Hydraulically force is transmitted
• Friction causes the disk to slow down
• The vehicle slows down or stops

Drum Brakes Pontypool

The biggest difference between disc brakes and drum brakes are simply the disk and the drum! Drum brakes work in the same way as disk brakes which makes it a whole lot easier when it comes to understanding.

The curved brake shoes are forced against the brake drum by hydraulic wheel cylinders when you put your foot down on the brake. This friction then causes the wheels to slow or come to a stop. Many cars have drum brakes on the rear wheels and disc brakes on the front. Drum brakes are however harder to service than disk brakes, this is because they have more parts. They are however less expensive to manufacture as emergency brake mechanisms are easier incorporated.

If you need any sort of brakes repairing, replacing or servicing, PARC Ltd is the place to come to for quality work and value for money. Call us today on 01495 769700.

ABS Brakes Pontypool

ABS (anti-locking braking system) is designed to stop car wheels locking during heavy braking which can lead to skidding and loss of control.

The anti-lock braking system is in place to prevent a vehicles wheels from locking up when the car quickly or harshly brakes. They ensure the driver can stay in control of the vehicle and doesn’t skid across the road, which quite obviously is very dangerous.

The system monitors the wheels rotation speed and if it detects one turning at the wrong speed it can change the pressure of the brake pad. This then brings it back to a similar rotation as the other wheels. Anti-locking brakes repeatedly do this while you’re driving and so you may feel a pull or a pulse while driving.

PARC Motors Pontypool

Hopefully your knowledge on brakes has somewhat improved now and you feel confident with the technology that is saving your life every time you step on that pedal!

For trustworthy advice on brakes or generally maintenance of your vehicle, Monnington motors is only a phone call away on 01495 769700. Or if you are in the Pontypool area, visit our garage to see an experienced mechanic.

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