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Brake master cylinder: function, failure symptoms, and replacement

Master cylinders are used in both disc and drum brakes. They convert the pressure applied on the brake pedal into hydraulic braking power. This is done by the brake master cylinder feeding and controlling the brake fluid into the brake circuits, depending on the force exerted on the brake pedal.

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How does a brake pressure regulator work?

Braking systems use various mechanisms to ensure optimum performance. One such component is the car brake power regulator, also known as the brake force regulator, whose purpose is to limit the maximum pressure applied to the rear wheels.

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Top 5 best brake pads in 2024

A brake disc only works with pads. On a car, they must be at least 2 millimetres thick. They are wear parts and sooner or later will wear out on all cars and motorcycles. This is why it is important to have your brake pads changed regularly at a specialist workshop – for your safety and that of other road users.

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Car brake hose: function and failure symptoms

This key braking system component is easy to overlook. That is, until a problem arises. Keep reading to find out more about common brake hose problems and what to consider when replacing these vital parts.

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What's the difference between DOT 3 and DOT 4 brake fluids?

Brake fluid is the hydraulic fluid used to create pressure in hydraulic braking systems. When you press down on the brake pedal, the force applied is amplified and transferred into pressure by the master cylinder. The pressurised fluid is then sent to the brake wheel cylinders and the calipers where it is used to force the front and rear brake pads against the metal discs. The friction created when the brake discs and pads come into contact is what causes the car wheels to slow down.

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Car brake fluid guide: check, how often change and cost

Very few drivers bother to change the brake fluid. In principle, they don't have to, because it is checked and regularly changed as part of regular maintenance. Nevertheless, it never hurts to take a look at the expansion tank in the engine compartment, because a leak in the line can also cause a gradual loss of fluid. Drivers who do not regularly visit the workshop for service – often drivers who do not drive very often or owners of older vehicles – should pay particular attention: the Brake fluid must be changed every two years at the latest.

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Difference between drum brakes and disc brakes: which are better?

First of all, let’s look at the similarities between the two. They both operate on the same basic principle: the brakes slow the car wheels down by turning kinetic energy into heat through friction. The key difference lies in how the components create friction and their braking efficiency.

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Brake disc replacement – when and how often

Most drivers assume that their brake system is working. At the latest when the wear indicator signals that the rear and front brake pads have reached their wear limit, you should replace them. After all, a well-functioning brake system is extremely important for your safety and of all of the occupants in the vehicle. This is why it’s necessary that you, or a mechanic, check the brakes, brake pads and discs, regularly.

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Rear and front brake pad replacement cost and intervals

The cost of a brake service depends primarily on the wear parts to be replaced. If only the front brake pads need to be replaced, this is naturally cheaper than replacing the entire brake discs. The size of the brake discs and pads also plays a role.

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Brake discs' malfunctions: signs and causes

The car brake system plays an important role in ensuring traffic safety. One of the main elements of the system are brake discs. They are constantly exposed to high mechanical and thermal stresses. In order to promptly diagnose and eliminate brake disc faults, a car owner needs to know their main signs. Information on the causes of malfunctions will help him prevent breakdowns.

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iDisc: 90% less dust when braking

The German company, which is a part of the Robert Bosch GmbH Group, has recently introduced its new development to the world – the brake discs called the iDisc. Their main feature is a fine coat of tungsten carbide due to which they managed to improve the product performance several times.

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Brake pads' malfunctions: signs and causes

Brake pads are an important element of the car braking system. Their good working order ensures road safety for the vehicle driver, passengers, and other traffic participants. Knowing the main possible failures of the brake pads, as well as their signs and causes, will help the car owner to diagnose and fix the problem in a timely manner.

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Sticking brake caliper: What happened, and how do I avoid it?

Have you noticed your car pulling to one side when braking, or taking longer than usual to come to a stop? Does it feel like you have to press the brake pedal down with much more force than before? Do you smell something burning after braking? The engine revs up slowly, and coasting has deteriorated? Perhaps it’s time to fix your brake caliper.

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Brake disc overheating: symptoms, causes, solutions

One of the most common brake disc defects is overheating. In case of overheating, the disc temperature reaches critical values, causing the brake pad to slip on the disc and reducing the efficiency of the brake system to a minimum.

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