How Do Car Brakes Work?

February 28th, 2019 by

car in service with brake shoe exposed

How does the brake system work? Understanding how brakes work is helpful for proper brake maintenance and avoiding straining your brakes on Rockville Centre roads. And since Land Rover models are designed to handle intense activity and braking, the brake system technology is more advanced than in your average car. Learn more about braking systems at Land Rover Freeport, and when it’s time for brake maintenance, schedule service near Garden City.

How Does the Brakes System Work?

  • When you press down on the brake pedal, a lever pushes a piston into a hydraulic fluid-filled cylinder.
  • When the brake pad presses against the brake disc, the friction slows the outer wheels to stop the vehicle.
  • In some models, the cylinder pushes the cylinder against the brake drum to reduce your vehicle’s speed.

How to Care for Your Brakes

Proper brake maintenance means having your brakes and brake pads serviced at least once a year. The certified technicians will inspect your brake system for wear and tear or any other mechanical issues. When you aren’t at your local service center, you can take proactive steps to keep your brakes healthy:

  • Listen and observe for warning signs that something is wrong.
  • Avoid sudden or hard braking when possible.
  • Leave enough time for coasting to do some of the work.
  • Check your brake fluid levels checked often to make sure there are no leaks.

Signs You Need Your Brakes Checked

You should immediately bring your Land Rover to a certified service center if you detect any of these warning signs, since functioning brakes are essential to your safety and the safety of those around you. Do you notice:

  • The brake light is on
  • Squeaking or grinding sounds when you brake
  • Fluid is leaking
  • A burning smell
  • The vehicle bounces when you stop short

Visit Land Rover Freeport to Learn More!

When it’s time for brake maintenance in Massapequa, check our service specials so you can save on your next visit to Land Rover Freeport, where we use genuine Land Rover parts. You can also rely on our service department for more automotive tips and questions, like how many miles do your tires last, or when to replace your car battery.

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