These days, there are two types of automotive braking systems. Those types are disc brakes and drum brakes. Initially, they work in the same way. You press against the brake pedal, and the master brake cylinder sends hydraulic brake fluid through brake lines and brake hoses to brake pistons located near your vehicle's wheels. Where they differ is when it comes to what happens next, and the parts involved.
How the Two Brake Systems Differ
With a disc brake system, the pressure from the fluid forces the brake calipers, with brake pads attached, to clamp onto the brake rotors. The pads help produce the friction needed to slow you down, and also absorb some of the heat generated by the act of braking.
In a drum brake system, however, the fluid makes a brake shoe fasten to the brake drum to create that resistance.
How to Spot Faulty Brakes
Even the best brakes will go bad over time, though. Signs of this include:
- Shuddering brakes
- Your vehicle pulls to one side when you brake
- You hear grinding, squealing, or scraping sounds when you're braking
- The brake pedal feels oddly soft or squishy underfoot
- It takes longer to come to a full stop
- The dash warning light comes on
You Can Count on Genuine OEM Brakes
If an inspection shows that your brakes need replacing, make sure to do it as quickly as possible to continue driving safely. You'll also want to be sure to get replacement parts that were made by your manufacturer, since they're guaranteed to fit your model. Our online auto parts store has everything you need for the job, in stock and ready to ship. Buy now and you'll be completing your repair in no time!
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