How Do Car Brakes Work?

Mechanic Inspecting Brake Pads and Rotors


So, how does the brake system work in your vehicle, and how can keep them in great shape for years to come? Take a moment to read our comprehensive guide on everything Omaha drivers should know about their brakes. Then, explore the Sid Dillon Chevrolet-blair Inc service specials and contact us if you think you’re due for a brake inspection in Blair! 

How Does the Brake System Work? 

If you’re wondering, “How do car brakes work?”, the first thing to know is that there are three primary categories of brakes: drum brakes, hand brakes, and disc brakes. Let’s take a look at how each of these brake systems works and how you can differentiate between them: 

How Drum Brakes Work 

Drum brakes are usually featured on the rear wheels. In fact, they’re built inside of the wheel and feature two brake shoes that are pushed in and out of the wheel pistons. Apply your brakes, and brake fluid will push those pistons out of your wheel. The pistons will then push your brake shoes, so that they contact your brake drums, bringing the car to a halt. 

How Disc Brakes Work

Disc brakes are the most common kind. If you look inside the hubcap of most car wheels, you’ll see a metal disc called a rotor. When you apply your brakes, the brake fluid causes brake pads to push into those rotors, creating the necessary tension to stop your car on Lincoln streets! 

How the Handbrake Works 

Handbrakes don’t use brake fluid like other brake systems do. They’re usually featured between the two front seats in a vehicle and are more popularly known as the emergency brake. Pull down on a handbrake, and you’ll trigger a lever system that tugs on cables connected to your back wheels. These create tension, lock your back wheels up, and keep your car from sliding when you’re parked on an incline. 

Caring for Your Brakes

To ensure that your brake system is in working order and to optimize its lifespan on Fremont streets, there are a few steps you can take. They include: 

  • Regularly checking your brake fluid levels and topping them off as needed 
  • Coasting to stop at stoplights and stop signs 
  • Avoiding hard braking whenever possible 
  • Avoiding tailgating drivers in front of you so that you brake less, and increase your safety

When to Have Your Brakes Checked

The most important way to ensure the health of your brakes is to watch and listen for the tell-tale signs that your brakes are compromised. If you notice any of the following signs, take your vehicle into our Blair garage asap: 

  • Grinding/squeaking when you apply brakes 
  • Leaking fluid by any of your wheels 
  • Burning smell inside your vehicle 
  • Brake light comes on 
  • Your brake pedal feels spongy when you apply it
  • Your vehicle bounces when you brake

Have Questions About How Your Brake System Works? 

If you have further questions about how your brakes work, or you think you might be due for a brake inspection, give the service center at Sid Dillon Chevrolet-blair Inc a call at . We’ll get to the root of the problem in no time at an affordable price and the job right the first time! While you’re here, be sure to explore our other service tips for more helpful reads, including our guide on how long car batteries last!

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