The Most Important Safety Device On Your Car
Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.
Brake System Components That Can Fail
The master cylinder holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks, the fluid cannot be delivered, and the brake pads will become ruined.
The brake fluid itself can become dirty or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.
The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.
Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. They gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely.