Automobile handling and vehicle handling are descriptions of the way wheeled vehicles perform transverse to their direction of motion, particularly during cornering and swerving. It also includes their stability when moving at rest. Handling and braking are the major components of a vehicle’s “active” safety.
The modern automotive brake system has been refined for over 100 years and has become extremely dependable and efficient.The typical brake system consists of disk brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear connected by a system of tubes and hoses that link the brake at each wheel to the master cylinder. Other systems that are connected with the brake system include the parking brakes, power brake booster and the anti-lock system.
Your brake system is a critical safety feature in your car, truck or SUV. Annual inspections and proper maintenance are important in order to ensure your safety and to avoid costly failures to the brake system.
In order to avoid future brake problems you need to regularly inspect and maintain your car’s braking system. Here are some of the steps that you can follow:
1. Don’t forget to check the fluid levels.
2. Check also if there is rust or punctures. If you want a thorough checkup you may consult a qualified auto technician.
3. Inspect the brake hoses. Take notice of cracks or brittleness. If you can hire a professional auto technician then so much the better.
4. Inspect the brake linings and pads for any damage. Likewise, check the brake fluid and the grease if it’s still sufficient. A professional auto mechanic can help immensely especially if you want a thorough brake check.
5. Check the wheel bearings as well as the grease seals. See if they need to be changed.
6. Adjust the parking brake in accordance to the required tuning. It would be safer if you could hire a professional to do the tuning of your brakes.
Brake Fluid should be flushed and replaced every two years or 24,000 miles. Hydraulic Fluid in the typical vehicle can become contaminated in two years or less. Moisture creates an extra problem for owners of vehicles equipped with anti-lock braking (ABS) systems. Rusted and corroded ABS components are very expensive to replace. A pulsating brake pedal is a symptoms of ABS not functioning. On cars with ABS, if the BRAKE, ANTILOCK or ABS light on the instrument panel stays on or flashes, or comes on while driving, it indicates a fault in the ABS system. the If your car exhibits any of these symptoms, have it checked out by a qualified technician as soon as possible.
Warning signs that something is wrong with your brake system:
1.There is a squeaking sound which is caused by intense heating of brake pads or linings.
2.There is excessive rubbing which is usually caused by metal brake rotor rubbing when it comes to contact with a metal component of the brake pad. The rubbing sound usually indicates that the brake pad needs to be replaced since it is completely worn out.
3.Softening of the brake pedal indicates the possibility of a brake fluid leak or possible air in the lines.
4.Brake pull is a sign that linings need to be changed or maybe pistons are stuck in the calipers or wheel cylinders. It may also indicate saturated linings which are caused by grease and brake fluid.