Your vehicle has one of two braking systems. One employs disc brakes, while the other uses drum brakes. Both have master brake cylinders, pistons, lines, and hoses. That's because both send brake fluid from the master brake cylinder through the hoses and lines when you apply pressure to the brake pedal.
The Two Types of Brake Systems
Disc brakes feature brake calipers, which clamp down onto brake rotors when the fluid pressure builds up. That creates the friction needed to slow your tires. Since both calipers and rotors are metal, their contact is cushioned by brake pads that are attached to the calipers.
Drum brakes, on the other hand, consist of brake shoes and brake drums. The fluid forces the drum and the shoe to press together to produce the necessary resistance.
Your brakes won't last forever, though. The heat and pressure of braking itself eventually causes too much wear and tear. Since your brakes are essential safety features, it's best to always keep them in top shape.
How to Spot Brake Problems
Most signs of failing brakes are easy to spot, fortunately. They include:
- The brakes feel like they're shuddering when they engage
- The brake pedal feels soft or squishy
- Your car, truck, or SUV pulls to one side when you brake
- You hear weird noises, including grinding, when you brake
- Your ABS or brake warning dash light comes on
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Inspect your braking system as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms. If your inspection reveals that a component needs repair or replacing, make sure that you choose the right part for the job. Authentic Mopar brake parts are made specifically to meet your model's specifications, ensuring the compatible fit and trusted performance you want. Find everything you need right here in our online auto parts inventory, in stock and ready to ship. Buy now and save!
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