The Vehicular Brake System
As you are cruising along the streets of Singapore, you see a pedestrian who is about to cross, what is your initial response? Isn’t it to hit the brakes of the vehicle that you’re driving? Have you ever wondered how it functions? If yes, then the following pieces of information will be of great interest for you.
The Core Of A Brake System
Bikes, trains, airplanes, and other forms of transportation are all equipped with varying types of brakes. It is typically utilised in order to stop the forward or backward movement of the vehicle. In cars, the Brake System is composed of the drum brakes, the emergency brake, the lines, the disc brakes, the combo valve, the master cylinder, the booster, and the pedal.
In order to activate the system, all you have to do is to step on the pedal. But did you know that the actual energy required to stop the car is a thousand times more than the energy you exerted when you stepped on the pedal? That’s where the role of the entire Brake System comes in. In order to multiply the force, the system needs to follow two particular methods, the mechanical advantage and the hydraulic force multiplication; while being governed by the three basic principles including leverage, hydraulics, and friction.
Maintaining Your Car’s Brake System
Brakes are essential not only to the vehicle but also to the driver and the passengers; hence, the need to for regular maintenance in order to decreases the incidence of brake failure which can lead to accidents.
Replace brake discs as needed; once you detect any grooves or rough spots anywhere in the disc, then it is time to install a replacement.
Inspection of brake pads regularly; always check your brake pads before leaving the house and make sure that the thickness is more than 1/8″, if not, then it is time to replace it.
Check the level of the car’s brake fluid; most brake fluid reservoirs have a calibration that allows inspection of the fluid level easier.