The braking system is by far the most important safety system present in any vehicle. They perform the toughest possible job that is to slow down or completely stop your vehicle whenever needed at just a moments notice with a moderate press of a pedal that helps to avoid an accident.
We tend to take our brakes for granted. Braking system consist of several different components that work in sync to perform the job effectively. You just press the pedal and the system works, however time after time the sheer physics of this process causes wear & tear of these components. Improperly working brakes will not do the job they are designed to do and will not be as effective when needed, especially in a sudden stop situation.
Most vehicles today are equipped with disc brakes, while some have drum brake setup for the rear wheels. There are some cars which have all 4-wheel disc brake setup, but whether disc or drum the phenomenon remains pretty much same. Your foot presses the brake pedal that displaces an incompressible fluid and causes calipers to squeeze a rotor that is attached to the wheels and stop the motion by friction. The mediator between the caliper and rotor are the brake pads, which are made of an abrasive material and designed to take the majority of the wear & tear.
Other than driving & regular wear, the environmental conditions can also take their toll on your vehicle’s brakes. Driving your car in excessive rain water, which is quite a common situation in our country, can have quite a negative impact on your vehicle’s brakes. Also excessive dust & dirt accumulated in the braking system can also compromise on its efficiency.
All braking components need to be in good shape and optimum working condition for the vehicle to have a completely effective brake system. Brakes should be regularly inspected, check for uneven wear of the pads and shoes, check rotors and other hardware to make sure it is working properly. Make sure the wheel cylinders, brake lines and brake master cylinder are not leaking, inspect calipers for wear, free movement and fluid leaks, and check the level as well as the condition of brake fluid. Inspect antilock brake sensors if your vehicle is equipped with ABS.
Follow your vehicle’s owner manual to perform periodic brake service. It’s a good idea to keep inspecting brakes after 10,000 km but it depends a lot on your driving and traffic conditions. Vehicles driven with a gentle foot will see their brakes last longer, as compared to those which are driven at higher speeds and require the brake system a continuous job to bring the vehicle to a halt in regular intervals.
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A 3d animation professional with over 20 years of industry experience having served in leading organizations & production facilities of Pakistan, an avid car enthusiast and petrolhead with an affection to deliver writings to help shape opinions. Formerly written for PakWheels as well as major publications including Dawn. Founder of CarSpiritPK.com