How Your Brakes Work

Break for Brakes!

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, most of us take our transportion for granted. We mindlessly assume the vehicle will crank to get us to work. We feel certain the car will zoom along smoothly at top speed as we get the kids to soccer practice. We know the auto will stop in time when we press the brake pedal. Or do we? Perhaps it’s time to take a short break from your frenzied schedule to have your brakes inspected at Haver’s Auto Repair in Omaha, Nebraska.

Brakes 101: How They Work

Without overly complicating the explanation, let’s take a quick look at how brakes work. Understanding the basic components and processes help you make service and repair decisions with your technician. Brakes work using friction and hydraulics. The force you apply when you press the pedal is transferred by a level and piston into the master cylinder. This is the reservoir that holds the brake fluid. The pressure forces brake fluid through hoses to the cylinder located near each wheel. Using the hyrdraulic principle, the tiny amount of force you place upon the brake pedal multiplies, applying a much greater force to the brake system components. Those parts operate using friction to stop the vehicle.

Most modern cars use disc brakes — at least on the front two wheels. The brake fluid force against the brake caliper enables it to push the metal brake pad against the disc. Friction, generated as the metal parts rub against one another, acts against the car’s forward motion, enabling it to slow and stop. Many older autos, and sometimes the rear wheels of newer models, have drum brakes. These also work using friction. A drum turns inside the wheel. The fluid force pushes metal brake shoes against the interior surface of the drum which reduces speed and stops the car.

Say Goodbye to Brake Worries

Even though you understand how your brakes work, you likely don’t want to service or repair them yourself. Those tasks are hassles to perform at home, and you probably don’t have the time or needed tools and equipment. That’s no cause for concern, however. Say “hello” to Haver’s Auto Repair in Omaha, Nebraska, and “goodbye” to brake worries. We’ve been serving our neighbors since 1957, using state-of-the-art equipment and hiring ASE certified technicians. So give your brakes — and yourself — a break! We’ll see you soon.

By on February 2nd, 2021 in Brake Repair