Brakes are a crucial component to your vehicle, they are what stands between you and every other car and obstacle on the road. Having brakes that are performing are well as they can could be the difference when needing to stop in time to avoid a collision. Here are the major components that are involved in stopping your automobile:

Master Cylinder

Your master cylinder is responsible for making sure your brakes respond when you apply pressure to the brake pedal.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is what is responsible for transferring the pressure you apply to your pedal to each individual brake.

Brake Lines

Your brake lines are what contain the brake fluid, making sure your brake lines are free from leaks and damage is crucial to well working brakes.

Disk Brakes

Brake Pads

Brake pads are what clamp onto your rotors to cause the required friction to stop your vehicle. They must be replaced regularly in order to provide maximum performance.


The rotor is what the brake pads clamp onto, it is typically made out of iron. Must be regularly inspected and periodically replaced.

Caliper & Support

Caliper’s are essentially what hold everything together.

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes are a more cost effective alternative to disk brakes, they consist of the following components:

  • Brake shoes

  • Backing plate

  • Brake drum

  • Wheel cylinder

  • Return springs

  • Self adjusting system

Parking Brakes

Your parking brakes ensure that your car stays in the place you left it when you park your vehicle.

Power Brake Booster

Your brake booster uses a vacuum system to make it easier for you to press the brake pedal.

Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)

Anti-lock brake system is what prevents your brakes from locking up and you lose control of your vehicle.

If you need brake repair maintenance in London Ontario, visit us at Hanford’s Tire and Service. We have over 30 years experience servicing and repairing brake systems. Visit us at one of our locations or contact us today!

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