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Car Brakes

How Do Car Brakes Work?

How does the brake system work on your Honda and how can you care for it? Car brake systems are comprised of many components, and the advanced safety technology on Honda helps to ensure your brakes are working properly. If they’re not, there’s a system to alert you of a malfunction. Find out more about the braking system on Honda models, as well as Honda safety technology, with us at Dover Honda.

How Does the Brake System Work?

Once the brake pedal has been deployed, a lever pushes a piston into a hydraulic fluid-filled cylinder. After the brake pad presses against the brake disc, the friction created slows the outer wheels in order to stop the vehicle. Some models the cylinder pushes the cylinder against the brake drum to decrease the speed of your vehicle.

Caring for Your Brakes

The first step in caring for your brakes is to keep up with regular maintenance and checks. Start by having your brakes, and brake pads, checked at least once a year. During the time between checkups, there are a few preventative measures you can take during your trips around Salem. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Regularly check your brake fluid levels and have it replaced as necessary
  • Keep ample following distance to avoid slamming on or riding the brakes
  • Coast to reduce speed before applying the brakes
  • Watch and listen for the warning signs that there may be something wrong

Warning Signs That You Need Your Brakes Checked

As soon as you notice one of these issues pop up, you should immediately bring your vehicle to our Dover service center to be checked. Brakes are a vital part of vehicle safety, so if one of these signs appear you’ll want to carefully make your way in:

  • Brake fluid is leaking
  • Whenever you brake you hear a grinding or squeaking sound
  • The brake light is illuminated
  • You smell something burning from your vehicle
  • The vehicle bounces when you stop short

If your brakes are showing wear or if your Honda motor makes a strange noise, be sure to bring your vehicle in. Our highly-trained technicians are standing by to care for your Honda.

Learn More About Your Vehicle at Dover Honda

Have more questions about your Honda, like if you car AC uses gas? Or, so you need to bring your vehicle in to have your brakes checked? Contact us today to discuss how long your car brakes last or address your other questions.

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