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How car brakes work

Posted on November 13, 2014 4:47 pm under Automotive Defects

Car brake systems are composed of a brake pedal, master cylinder, and front and rear brakes responsible for slowing down and stopping the vehicle. Brakes are an important part of a car’s function and also play a vital role in keeping the occupants safe from harmful collisions.

When the driver steps into a brake pedal, a plunger is pressed in the master cylinder, which contains brake fluid. When pushed, brake fluid from the master cylinder pushes brake mechanisms in the front and the rear wheels. Front brakes are composed of a caliper, which pushes a piston that would squeeze the brake pads against the front wheels. In rear brakes, the fluid pushes the brake shoe out against the brake drum, which halts the wheel from spinning.

A single design or manufacturing defect in any of the car’s brake system components might be extremely hazardous to occupants and to other motorists who share the road with them. If you believe the accident you have been involved in has been a result of a substandard car brake system, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn what legal steps to take in the pursuit of compensation. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 today.