There are two kinds of brake systems for sale these days -- disc brakes and drum brakes. Both are made up of master cylinders, brake pistons, brake lines, and brake hoses. How both types work is simple: when the brake pedal is pressed, the pistons traverse the cylinder's bore and pressurize brake fluid, which goes through the lines and hoses.
However, in drum brake systems, brake drums and brake shoes clamp together, whereas, in disc brake systems, brake calipers (with brake pads installed) clamp to brake rotors. Both processes generate friction -- the resistance helps vehicles slow and stop.
When Should I Replace My Brakes?
Use a brake long enough, however, and eventually, it'll end up worn out. To figure out which brake parts need replacing, exactly, you should do a brake inspection. The question of how long brakes generally last, though, depends on their condition rather than mileage.
Luckily, you can tell if yours are going bad by looking for the symptoms. They include:
- Shuddering brakes
- Strange sounds when braking
- Sideways drift when braking
- An unusually low or soft-feeling brake pedal
- Less grippy brakes than usual
- Abnormal slowing and stopping times
- Warning lights on the dashboard
- Grinding noises
Grinds usually mean direct contact between the rotors and calipers, the result of excessively worn pads.
Get Brake Repairs Done Right with Genuine OEM Parts
If you have a project on your to-do list, you're in luck. You can buy brake systems and parts from Mopar right here online, at our auto parts store. They'll fit the brand and model you drive, guaranteed. Order now and we'll ship immediately, with fast delivery right to your door.
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