The brake system is actually composed of two
kinds of systems---Hydraulics and Friction Materials. Here's what
happens within these systems between the time your foot hits the
brake pedal and your car stops.
pressure is applied to the brake pedal, the master cylinder creates
hydraulic pressure which pushes brake fluid to the wheel brakes.
Lines and Hoses
brake lines and high pressure rubber hoses are the avenues through which
the pressurized brake fluid travels.
Cylinders & Calipers
the hydraulic cylinders that apply pressure to the friction materials,
causing your car to stop.
Brake Pads and Drum Brake Shoes
brake linings are composed of high temperature materials that create the
friction that stops your car.
Types of Brakes
brakes consist of a Disc Brake Rotor, which is attached to the wheel, and
a Caliper, which holds the Disc Brake Pads. Hydraulic pressure from the
Master Cylinder causes the Caliper Piston to clamp the Disc Brake Rotor
between the Disc Brake Pads. This creates friction between the pads and
rotor, causing your car to slow down or stop.
brakes consist of a Brake Drum attached to the wheel, a Wheel Cylinder,
Brake Shoes and Brake Return Springs. Hydraulic pressure from the Master
Cylinder causes the Wheel Cylinder to press the Brake Shoes against the
Brake Drum. This creates friction between the shoes and drum to slow or
stop your car. (See more about Drum Brakes, below)
Parking Brake uses Cables to mechanically apply the brakes (usually the
rear brake.) This is used to prevent the car from rolling when not being
Anti-Lock Brakes: A System Built For
Computer-controlled anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are a recently
developed safety feature. When sudden stops are made, the ABS prevents
wheel lock-up. The system is comprised of wheel-speed sensors that monitor
wheel rotation, computer-controlled hydraulics that pulse the brakes on
and off rapidly, and the on-board computer.
Hydraulic brake fluid
replacement is not listed in some owner’s manual
service schedules. Ask your service advisor about when
he would recommend a
power brake fluid replacement. Fresh fluid has
adequate levels of anti-corrosion additives that can
help protect expensive brake components.
that work properly are essential to your safety as you drive and stop on
Bellevue and Eastern Nebraska streets. You want to carefully
maintain your brakes. In vehicles equipped with drum brakes,
the brake components are housed inside a drum that rotates with the
wheel. When you step on the brake pedal, brake shoes push out against
the inside of the drum, slowing the wheel.
brake shoes just wear away with use from rubbing on the
drum as you brake. When it’s time to replace brake shoes, it’s a
If you hear squealing or grinding when braking, have
your Bellevue service advisor check them out. He’ll have a technician
perform a thorough brake inspection to see what needs to be done. He’ll
check for signs of brake problems and go over other
brake components to see that they’re working properly.
tell you if it’s time to replace the brake shoes or if
there are other issues with your brakes that should be addressed. Some
people in our Bellevue community ignore the warning signs and keep
driving long after the shoes are completely worn out. When that happens,
metal brake components will grind against the drum, damaging it enough
that it has to be resurfaced or replaced.
push on your brake pedal, the wheel cylinder is activated and it pushes
the shoes against the drum to slow the vehicle. This cylinder, and
various springs within the brake, can wear out affecting your
ability to stop. The worn components can be easily replaced.
brake shoes we put on your truck or other vehicle will restore your
brakes to manufacturers’ specifications. Or, we can install upgraded
parts to increase your stopping power and reduce brake noise and
brake dust. We have several options to meet your braking
requirements and your budget.
care of your brakes keeps them working safely – and you could prevent
premature brake repairs down the road.
Yeck's Tire & Auto Repair ● 203 Fort Crook Rd.
N. ● Bellevue, NE 68005