Wheel Cylinders +
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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.
Other Brake Hydraulics +
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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.
Master Cylinders +
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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.
Hoses & Pipes +
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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 +
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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.
Brake Shoes +
Brake Pads & Wear Sensors +
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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.
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Brake Drums +
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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.
Brake Discs +
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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.
ABS Sensor & Hydraulic Units +
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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.