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Needless to say that fully functional brakes are crucial in your car.
Like many other parts of your vehicle, they are also subject to wear.
That wearing of your car’s brakes wear is absolutely normal. The more often you use them, the faster they wear out. Compare them with your shoe soles. Wear is gradual. Therefore you do not notice from one day to another that they are bad. But regular monitoring is important.
Not sure whether your brakes are functioning properly? Then please come and visit us for a Challenger Tyres & Exhausts brake test.
Cheap brake service in Hoyland – come to Challenger Tyres & Exhausts!
We also provide our vehicle services to customers from the surrounding areas like: Tankersley, Birdwell, Worsbrough, Blacker Hill, Jump, Hemingfield, Wombwell, Brampton, Elsecar, Brampton, Bierlow, Hood Hill.
How do you recognise bad brakes?
Some modern cars have a warning light appearing on the dashboard that warns you if something is wrong with your brakes. Also, you can recognise bad brakes by:
- An abrasive or a “wheezing” sound during braking. This can be a sign of worn brake linings and/or worn-out brake pads.
- If you have to press the brake pedal harder than normal.
To find out what exactly is going on with your brakes, one of our Challenger Tyres & Exhausts experts will check your brakes.
Below we have put a bit of information together for you about the brake system. If you have any particular questions, please ask. We will be happy to talk with you.
Information and explanation about the operation of the brake system:
The function of the brake system is to transfer the force of the person behind the steering wheel that presses the brake pedal to the object that presses the wheel so that the wheel starts to brake.
The conversion of those forces is done using:
Lever: A lever is part of the brake pedal. Through the lever is, the force that the driver puts into it is much greater.
Hydraulics: This force then enters a hydraulic system. This system moves the force from the brake pedal to the brakes with very little loss of power.
Friction: Ultimately, friction arises on the wheel, which makes it much more powerful for the wheel to run at the same speed. That extra power is not delivered, so the wheel has to start to turn softer.
Drum brakes and disc brakes:There are two types of brakes. Drum brakes and disc brakes, Nowadays only disc brakes are used for many cars. Previously, the front wheels had disc brakes and the rear wheels had drum brakes.
Disc brakes:If the brake pedal is pressed, brake fluid is applied to the wheel brake cylinders. Two brake pads are pushed against each wheel against each wheel, causing the disc to brake. This disc is connected to the wheel, so it also brakes. A problem that arises during braking is the heat. Because the wheel is stopped, there is a lot of friction and heat is generated by the friction. Therefore, instead of a regular disc brake, there is also a ventilated disc brake. This is especially easy to recognise by a double disc with cooling fins in between. This ventilated disc brake ensures that the heat generated during braking can be drained much better. The latter brake disc is usually used in heavier cars where the brakes are heavier loaded.
Drum brakes:A drum brake also works hydraulically. If the brake pedal is pressed, brake fluid is applied to the wheel brake cylinders. These ensure that the brake shoes with the brake lining press against the inside of the drum so that the car brakes.
ABS - Anti-blocking system:It can happen that the brakes are too hard. If the brakes are suddenly applied, the wheels can block. This can be extra dangerous in a car where much higher speeds are achieved. More likely your car would slip uncontrollably.
To counter this, ABS has been added to the braking system. This works via a sensor that ensures that the braking is controlled. If someone kicks the brakes hard, the ABS will ensure that braking will take place regularly and evenly. It is electronically measured what the braking force should be so that the wheels do not block.