Typical Non ABS Brake System A major problem to a brake system is a brake fluid leakage, if there is a slow leak in the system it will affect the brake master cylinder by allowing air into the system creating a low pedal and eventual brake operation failure. If a large brake fluid leak is present, fluid escapes, leading to a major brake failure on one half of the system (front or rear.) A master cylinder has a built in safety device, two separate hydraulic systems a primary and secondary, with separate reservoirs separating front and rear brake operation. In case of front or rear brake operation failure, one system will still be present. Common Problems and Fixes
Brake Pad Set - Semi metallic brake pads are generally made with copper, brass, and steel wool shavings held together in a resin. Ceramic based pads are also available for high performance applications.
Brake Rotor - Many variations of this part includes: vented, slotted and cross drilled.
Rear Brake Caliper - Brake calipers provide hydraulic pressure to the brake pads and apply friction to the brake rotor to slow the vehicle.
Brake Master Cylinder - A brake master cylinder provides hydraulic pressure to the wheel cylinders and calipers.
Brake Shoe Set - Rear brake shoes are actuated by wheel cylinders that force the brake shoes against the brake drum with hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder.
Wheel Cylinder - Pressure from the brake system is applied to the brake cylinders forcing the brake shoes against the brake drum.