Brakes are one of the important safety systems in every vehicle. The car safety has touched every aspect of vehicle design, from the body of the car to the plush interiors and upgraded car safety systems like seat-belts and airbags. With the advancement in the technology varying types of braking systems are in use now.

There are different kinds of braking systems used in commercial vehicles versus a passenger car, and each type of stem requires specific knowledge and training if one wants to have effective use of it.

Braking system failures are one of the leading factors of car accidents around the world, so timely maintenance of the braking system is key to avoid serious accidents on the roads.

In an automobile vehicle, a braking system is arrangements of various linkages and components (brake lines or mechanical linkages, brake drum or brake disc, master cylinder or fulcrums, etc.) that are arranged in such a manner that it converts the vehicle’s kinetic energy to heat energy which in turns or de-accelerate the vehicle. For Brake repair service Auckland, you can visit Sterling Clutch and Brakes who are professional Clutch and brakes repair experts in New Zealand.  


The need for Braking System

 The braking system in an automobile is needed:-

* To stop the moving vehicle.

* To de-accelerate the moving vehicle.

* For parking vehicle on a flat surface or on the slope.

* To prevent an accident.

* To prevent damage to the vehicle from the road conditions.

 Type of Braking Systems

The vehicle moving on the road have various types of braking systems from vintage cars to modern cars. The braking system in vehicles is classified on the basis of various needs and purposes of an automobile vehicle. The following are the main braking systems in the vehicle

  1. Mechanical brakes
  2. Hydraulic brakes
  3. Air Brakes
  4. Anti-lock brakes (ABS)

Mechanical Brakes : Mechanical brakes are used in Hand brakes( or parking Brakes) In it a lever is provided near the driver seat and through steel wires it is connected to the brakes at rear end of vehicle When the hand brake is applied , tension is created at the brakes and the brake shoe holds the drum from rotating and hence the movement of the vehicle is restricted, even when the same is parked on slightly inclined surface.

Hydraulic Brakes: This type of braking system uses brake fluid to transfer pressure from the brake pedal to the brake pads or shoes. By pressing the brake pedal, brake fluid transfers this pressure to the brake pads. Since the brake fluid is in the closed chamber the pressure applied on the brake pedal is evenly transferred to brake pads in all the wheels. If your car hydraulic brakes need brake pads replacement you can come to Brake pads Auckland at Sterling Clutch and brakes.

Single-circuit Hydraulic brakes

This hydraulic brake system consists of a master cylinder that is fed by a reservoir of hydraulic braking fluid. This is connected by an assortment of meta, pipes and rubber fittings which are attached to the cylinders of the wheels. The wheels contain two opposite pistons which are located on the band or drum brakes which pressure to push the pistons apart forcing the brake pads into the cylinders, thus causing the wheels to stop moving. At Cheap Brake Pads Auckland, you can replace brake pads of your vehicle without bothering about the high cost of pads replacement with Sterling Clutch & Brakes.

Dual -circuit Hydraulic brakes

Many high-end luxury vehicles are commonly equipped with the dual-circuit hydraulic braking system. Controlled by the onboard computer a signal is sent to the computer unit when the driver presses the brakes, which then calculates the applied force and pumps the corresponding amount of pressure into the hydraulic brakes. The computer fitted in the vehicle calculates the car rate of speed and other factors that may affect the braking.

Air Brake Systems: Air Brakes system is generally used in heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and buses and work the same way as in rail cars. Using the triple-valve principle, air builds up inside the brake pipes or air- lines releases the brakes. Air is filled through with pressure by a compressor in an air tank and when the pedal is pressed pressure decreases in the drum, spreading the brake shoe against the drum. The compressor refills the reservoir tanks and when the pedal is allowed to retract by pulling the foot from it, air pressure increases back to the original state.

Anti-lock Brakes (ABS): All modern vehicles are mostly fitted with Anti-lock Brakes (ABS Braking system). These are not actually brakes, but an advanced technology integrated into the design of modern brake system. Anti-lock brake system or ABS consists of sensors that keep track of the rotational speed of the individual wheels. In the sudden braking, especially on wet or snowy road conditions, there is the tendency of the wheels to lock up and the tires skid because of the loss of contact with the ground secondary to the speed of the wheel. If skidding is detected, the ABS pulses the wheel’s brake pressure rapidly on and off, reducing the rotational speed of the wheels and allowing the tires to re-establish contact on the road.

For getting complete check-up of the brakes, rotors, and Drum brake repair service Auckland visit Sterling Clutch Brakes, or call at 09-636-4919 for any further inquiry regarding clutch and brakes repairs solutions. You can also visit our website for latest offerings regarding clutch and brake repair solutions from us.

If you have a car which has brake drum, you must have some time experienced an brake drum failure at some point of time. When there is unusual brake pedal feel, any unusual abnormal noises, or you are feeling a loose parking brake, then this may due to the failure of brake drum. And in case there is failure of brake drum, you may have to replace the drum from a qualified mechanics. You can avail Drum Brake repair service in Auckland Call @096364919 at Sterling clutch and brakes Auckland.

In old vehicles drum brakes are a common type of braking system, and is usually found on the rear wheel of all old drum brake system vehicles. The main purpose of drum brake is to slow the vehicle like the disc brakes found in the modern vehicles, but they work in a slightly different manner. Drum brakes use wheel cylinders to push brake shoes against the inside of a brake drum to slow the rotating wheel, instead of using callipers to squeeze pads onto a rotor. Since the friction and contact function is used, brake drum eventually wear out over a period of time and fails to do the proper braking of vehicle, and needs replacement. In the event they go bad or have a problem, the driver of vehicle gets indications from a few symptoms and can know that some problem has occurred with the brake drum or their is a brake drum failure.

Brake Drum

Symptoms of Brake Drum Failure

  1. Unusual change in Brake Pedal Feel: The most common and the first symptoms of a brake drum failure or a bad brake drum is unusual brake pedal feel to the driver of the vehicle. If the brake drums are excessively worn out, they can cause vibrations, which you can feel in the pedal while braking. Shuddering or pulsating can be noticed once you step on the pedal due to worn out drums.

  2. Weak Brake: In case you step on the brake pedal, and it takes longer for the car to slow down or to stop, then there is some problem with the brake drums. Though it may be caused due to some other a modern car with a disc braking system, then equivalent to this would be faulty discs and pads.

  3. Brake Noises when Brakes are Pressed: As you step on the brake pedal if you hear scraping noises, then the cause of it could be associated with bad brake drums. In the event the brake drums becomes excessively worn, they may give a scraping or scratching sound when the brakes are depressed. The bad brake drums causes heat to build up and put stress on the braking system. Then, when the brake shoes push against the drums, there results a annoying scrape noises to follow.

  4. Vibration in Brake Pedal: Over a period of time the brake drums get worn out and in case you continue using brakes. When they get too worn-out, you will start to feel vibrations coming from the brake pedal when you put your foot on it. But when there is a brake performance issue, then you are left with no choice but to replace brake drums. It is better to take pedal vibrations as an early warning sign to get your vehicles braking system inspected from a trained auto mechanics and avail Brakes repair service in Auckland Call @096364919.

  5. Loose Parking Brake: Another symptom of brake drums failure is a loose parking brakes. With the use the drum brakes wear, the shoes may not be able to squeeze again the inside of the drum as easily, and due to this, the parking brake may not work as efficiently as it is expected. Generally whens the parking brakes are applied the car don’t budge, but when there brake drum failure car will slip a few inches after the parking brake is engaged. This may also be caused by miss-adjusted brake cable, as well as potentially worn shoes. In all these events a proper check of brake system is required and get brake replacement service in Auckland .For getting complete check up of the brakes and to avail brake repair service in Auckland and getting advice how to maintain your car’s drum brakes in top condition you can mail your query at or call @09-636-4919.