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The wheel cylinder is a component in the drum brake system of any car. It is located in each wheel. The cylinders are connected to shoes, on which they exert force to stop the vehicle from friction. If they begin to leak the braking performance will be significantly reduced.
Usually used on diesel vehicles only, the vacuum pump helps to supply a vacuum to the brake servo. It also has the job of powering auxiliary systems such as, cruise control or the turbo wastegate.
A brake servo helps to create extra pressure when the driver presses the pedal. Sometimes the vacuum it creates can become faulty, so make sure that anything damaged or worn is replaced with the correct part.
Brake hydraulic systems in cars involve causing multiplication of a smaller force to produce a greater force, which acts equally on a car's brake pads to slow it down. If you need any replacement brake hydraulic parts for your vehicle then browse our car parts range.
The master cylinder helps to create the pressure needed to make sure the brakes operate. If a master cylinder isn't operating correcting it will have a very noticeable effect on brake power. Take a look at the master cylinders we have on offer at Halfords.
Brake hoses help to pass the brake fluid, under hydraulic pressure from the brake pipe to the callipers. This then forces the callipers together making them clamp tightly around the disc. Brake hoses are checked during an MOT, so it's wise to get them replaced if you notice any leaks.
Brake pipes do the opposite job of carrying the brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brake hoses. With brake pipes being metal, they are subject to corrosion, therefore this can lead to an MOT failure or worse.
Handbrake shoes are found inside a rotating metal drum attached to the wheel. When you pull your handbrake lever up, the shoe is forced against the brake drum, creating friction and stopping your car from moving. If your handbrake shoe has been worn down or damaged then browse our range to find the correct replacement part for your car.
Brake calipers are a main component in disc brakes. They sit over the brake disc and house the brake pads within them. Their job is to provide friction to the disc via hydraulic operation, and a series of pistons. Calipers, like all metals, can corrode or rust over time. Keep an eye on the condition of your calipers, and if you notice anything untoward then make sure to get them checked out immediately.
Most cars use disc brake systems, but for the few that still feature drum brakes, they too need just as much attention. Brake shoes are the friction component within the drum brake system. As a rule of thumb, they usually need replacing every 50k miles or so.
Brake pads wear constantly due to friction and heat produced by the braking process. When the pad wears down past a certain level and comes into contact with the brake disc it creates an electrical circuit. This in turn illuminates a warning light on the dash board which informs the driver that the brakes need replacing.
Brakes are integral to the safety and control of every vehicle. In our brake accessories section you can find brake pads, brake discs, brake fluid and even calliper paint to help improve the overall look.
Handbrake drums consist of a metal cylinder that fixes directly onto the wheel. Once you lift the handbrake upwards the brake shoes will provide resistance to the drum to stop the wheels from turning.
As with most parts, if you notice decreased efficiency it's always worth getting it replaced or inspected.
If you're noticing juddering under braking, or decreased braking efficiency, you may have worn brake discs. It's always work checking your discs regularly for any signs of wear or degradation.
The brake pads need a good surface to 'grab' onto on each side of the disc. So if they disc isn't doing its job, then the brake pads won't be able to work at their optimum.
Most modern cars have ABS fitted as standard. The ABS unit received its commands from the ABS sensors, located on each wheel. As you brake the unit provides a pulse like pressure to each brake, ensuring the wheel doesn't lock. If you notice an ABS warning light on your dash, this could mean you have a faulty ABS unit.
We've all had those bad days on the road; whether you're distracted by something on the roadside or if you've had a long drive. Our brakes are there to keep us safe when we're not quite paying attention, and they've got our back for those sudden stops.
Good brakes will see you through the harshest weather, and you can always expect everything from a light shower to a snowstorm with our climate. One of the most vital parts in terms of car safety; it's good to take care of your brakes, and they will take care of you.
Whether its brake pads, discs or callipers you need, we've got it in stock. You can order from our extensive range online, where you'll also find plenty of helpful advice and guidance.
Or click and collect for next day delivery to one of our stores and have a chat to one of our cheerful staff.