Brake systems have many parts, from a brake cylinder and brake piston to brake fluid, lines, and hoses. Plus, where newer vehicles have brake calipers, brake pads, and brake rotors, older vehicles often have brake drums and brake shoes.
How they work is simple. The piston moves along the cylinder's bore, pressurizing the fluid, which passes through the lines and hoses, charges the calipers, and clamps their pads to the rotors. (Alternatively, if your vehicle has drums and shoes, they fasten together.) The process creates the friction required for slowing and stopping.
Unfortunately, old age and hard use can cause brakes to go bad. Which brake parts require replacement depends on what you come up with during an inspection. Luckily, there are signs of problems with a brake system you can look out for. Besides warning lights on the dashboard, they include strange noises and shuddering when braking, an overly soft or abnormally low brake pedal, less brake grip than normal, sideways pulling when braking, long slow and stop times, and grinding sounds. Grinds indicate damaged rotors. It usually means they've begun directly contacting your calipers because your pads have worn out.
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