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 Post subject: General Brake information
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:01 pm 
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What is it?:

Brakes are a way to stop your vehicle. There are disc brakes which are like a pincer grabbing onto a metal disc, and there are drum brakes which are contained inside a circular chamber and they push outwards to slow the wheel. Many cars will have disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the rear. Older cars may have all drum brakes and newer cars may have disc brakes all round. Basically all cars come with power brakes now, I had a non-powered brake truck and it was not fun to drive but it was great excersise for the legs.

Checking:

The part that wears out is the brake pad lining, a nice heat resistant coating that takes all the friction to stop your car. You should check your owners manual for the best way to check the amount of pad you have left. If you have drum brakes it will be even harder to check.

Disc Brakes:

If you have lots of brake pad material left and your brakes are still not functioning like they should you may want to have a close look at your disc or rotor. If there is heavy grooves on either side you should really have them replaced. It may also be a brake line issue or something with the master cylinder. If you don't have a good idea what your doing you should let a professional service your brakes as errors could be very costly or even life threatening.


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