The entire brake system is not the biggest part of an automobile. However, it is one of the most important, if not the most crucial component.
A car brake system enables the driver to slow down or stop the vehicle. As such, it is a critical safety feature that allows you to avoid accidents that can cause you and other people to get hurt.
A vehicle brake system is made up of different parts. These components all work together to slow down or stop a moving car. But how does this automotive feature work?
Specialists in Audi brake repair and maintenance explain that the system is activated once you step on the brake pedal. This action activates the brake booster, thereby amplifying the force from the brake pedal. This force goes to a piston in the master cylinder, which pushes out brake fluid through the brake lines to each wheel.
If your vehicle has drum brakes on the wheels, the brake fluid will activate a piston in the wheel cylinder. This will trigger another piston, which will force out the brake pads against the brake drum. This action will slow down or stop the car.
Once you release the brake pedal, the brake fluid will flow back into the master cylinder.
If your car has wheels with disc brakes, the brake fluid will activate pistons that will trigger calipers that have brake pads to squeeze against the disc or rotor attached to the wheel. This, in turn, causes the vehicle to slow down or stop.
When you release the brake pedal, the brake fluid goes back into the master cylinder. This causes the calipers on the disc brake to open up again.
As an important feature of all vehicles, you have to ensure your automotive braking system is working properly at all times. Here are five reasons why:
Defective braking systems are one of the leading causes of vehicular accidents around the world. In the UK, for instance, it has caused 3,894 crashes in the last six years.
To ensure your vehicle is always safe on the road, have your brakes inspected and maintained once a year or every 19,000 kilometers. When you neglect or downplay the importance of regular maintenance, you will have an improperly-working braking system that will not do the job it is designed to do.
Your brakes won’t be fully effective, especially when you need to use them in a panic stop situation. This can cause accidents that can put you, your passengers, pedestrians, and other people on the road at risk.
As such, you need to bring your vehicle for regular brake system checks and maintenance regularly, whether you notice any issues with it or not. And if you think there is something wrong with your brakes, do not hesitate to bring it to your mechanic or a service center right away.
Routine brake servicing does not only keep you safe on the road; it also helps prolong the life of all the system parts.
When you invest in regular brake maintenance, you will be sure the components will be in good shape for a long time. This is because the mechanic will know and inform you if you need new hoses, brake pads, and other parts.
When you have these worn out or malfunctioning parts replaced immediately, you will be able to keep your brake rotors and master cylinder in excellent working order.
Additionally, when you have these parts replaced as soon as possible, you can prevent different types of brake problems from becoming bigger and more complicated and costly to fix.
Routine brake maintenance also functions as a preventive action. When you have malfunctioning or underperforming parts replaced with new ones before they can cause big issues, you will save money on repair and replacement costs.
Keep in mind that severe brake problems cost a lot to fix. Moreover, worn out parts that have not been replaced can cause the other components to develop additional issues too.
As a result, you will not only deal with expensive repairs; you will have to pay for replacing more parts, which will lead to a higher total bill.
If you want to avoid dipping into your savings, taking out a loan, or racking up high credit card bills to have your car fixed, have your braking system and your car undergo routine maintenance.
Whether you have had your car for only a year or more, you should never disregard the possibility of selling it in the future. You may need to do so if you want to upgrade it or when you need to move overseas.
To avoid the likelihood of being forced to sell your vehicle at an amount that you won’t be happy with, you need to keep it well-maintained. This includes investing in routine brakes maintenance.
Keep in mind that your vehicle will more likely fetch you a good price if you invested in regular and proper maintenance. More importantly, you will encounter fewer difficulties reselling it because it has technical glitches.
Also, remember that if interested buyers have to invest in additional repairs and parts replacement, you are likely to get lower offers.
Because of this, to be prepared to sell your car in the future, aside from investing in cosmetic fixes such as a new paint job, make it a priority to bring your vehicle for regular brake maintenance servicing.
As one of the most important safety features in vehicles, you have to ensure your brakes are working properly all the time. Moreover, you will experience other benefits when you have it maintained correctly and on schedule by experts.
As such, aside from following the maintenance schedule, you have to choose the right service center to bring your vehicle to. It should have an excellent reputation and trained and qualified mechanics to inspect, service, and make any repairs your brand and type of car needs.
Ahmad Ramadan is a Managing Partner at Deutsche Technik Service Center, Dubai’s first and largest VW, Audi, Mercedes, Bentley, Porsche, & Lamborghini vehicle specialist and performance tuner. DT has also built an illustrious portfolio in classic car repair, maintenance, and restoration, as well as body work (accident repair, painting, and denting). DT Service Centre offers a full range of services: mechanical repairs, maintenance, servicing, etc.