Types of vehicle braking systems and brakes:
Braking systems are designed and purposed for safety. Over the years, braking systems have evolved. Branigans Tyres owner, and Australian recycled tyre specialist, Chris Lett, discusses the most common types of vehicle brakes. “The majority of brakes utilise friction on two sides of the wheel, thus the collective press on the wheel converts the kinetic energy to heat to slow the car,” says Lett.
The most common types of braking systems in modern vehicles today are Electromagnetic, Hydraulic, Mechanical and Servo Braking Systems.
Electromagnetic Braking Systems are found in a number of modern, as well as hybrid vehicles. This braking system utilises the principle of electromagnetism in achieving friction-less braking, increasing both the reliability of the brakes, and the life span.
Hydraulic Braking Systems run on friction, cylinders and brake fluid. “Through creating pressure within, diethylene glycol or glycol ethers force the brake pads to stop the wheels from moving,” says Lett. Considered as one of the most important braking systems for modern vehicles, the hydraulic braking system has a lesser chance of brake failure.
Mechanical Braking Systems operate the hand or emergency brake. The brake force applied to the pedal is then transferred to the final brake drum or disc rotor through multiple mechanical links like springs, cylindrical rods, and fulcrums in order to stop the vehicle. “Mechanical Braking Systems were used in a lot of older motor vehicles, however they are less effective nowadays, to the point of being obsolete,” says Lett.
Servo Braking Systems or Vacuum Assisted Braking Systems is when pressure is increasingly applied to the pedal by the driver. Pushing the brake pedal then releases the vacuum on the side of the booster, with the difference in air pressure pushing the diaphragm for braking the vehicle’s wheels.
The types of vehicle brakes include: The Disc Brakes, and The Drum Brakes. The Disc Brakes are normally made of cast iron, but can also be made of ceramic-matrix composites nowadays. This brake is linked to the wheel and/or axle. In order to stop the wheel, friction material in the brake pads is forced onto both sides of the disc.
Drum Brakes are a traditional brake in which friction is caused by a set of pads or shoes that press against a rotating drum-shaped tool called a brake drum.
At Branigans Tyres, Chris Lett and his team can overhaul your braking system and ensure your brakes are in good working order. They are also experts in the environmentally friendly recycled tyre business and can ensure you have the safest tyres on your car.
Branigans Tyres has well-established workshops in Burleigh Heads and Southport in the Gold Coast region. Check out their full range of services or current featured promotions. Branigans award-winning affordable tyre subscriptions package start at $7.97 and help motorists budget for their ongoing tyre needs.
Vehicle owners are encouraged to drive in at their convenience as no pre-bookings or appointments are required. Branches are situated at 13 Flagstone Drive, Burleigh Heads, contact number (07) 5535 2660 or 1/277 Southport-Nerang Rd, Southport contact number, (07) 5591 8633.
Written and Syndicated by: YDMA News