How Your Brakes Work and Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Them

Brakes are one of the most critical components of your car. They make sure you can stop when you need to, and they also help keep you and other drivers on the road safe. Keep reading if you’re unsure how your brakes work or why keeping them in good condition is essential.

Pressing down on the brake pedal sends hydraulic pressure to the calipers, squeezing the brake pads against the rotor. This friction is what ultimately slows down and stops your car. Your brakes also have an anti-lock braking system (ABS) that prevents your wheels from locking up in emergency braking situations.

Over time, your brake pads and rotors wear down and must be replaced. Ignoring this can lead to decreased stopping power and even brake failure. In addition, worn brakes can cause damage to other parts of your car, such as the calipers and rotors, leading to more expensive repairs.

Your brakes should be inspected regularly. A brake inspection should be part of your routine car maintenance. A technician will check your brake pads, rotors, calipers, and fluid levels. If they identify any issues, they recommend repairs or replacements.

There are also some signs that you can look out for that indicate it’s time to get your brakes inspected. These include squeaking or grinding noises when you brake, a pulsating brake pedal, or a longer stopping distance. If you experience any of these symptoms, get your brakes checked as soon as possible.

Your brakes are a critical part of your safety system. Understanding how they work and why keeping them in good condition can help you make informed decisions. Regular inspections and addressing issues ensure your brakes are in top shape. So the next time you hit the road, you can feel confident that your brakes will do their job when needed.

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