Car Brakes 101: What Makes Your Vehicle Stop?


So, it’s time for another brake change. What you need is a mobile mechanic to take care of your brake service, from the convenience of your home! Brakes on Demand is Lowell’s top mobile brake service available. We’ll come to you, whether it’s at home or work. But before we can take care of your car, let’s learn about the inner workings of making your vehicle stop.


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Stopping Power


The brakes on your car or truck come down to a master cylinder and the brake booster. This cylinder is filled to the top with brake fluid and distributes fluid to the brake lines. The brake booster is what takes your force from the pedal, and increases the pressure by tenfold for the master cylinder. Thus, you don’t have to press down on the brakes to get an equal amount of stopping power. Even just a small amount of pressure will lead to a steady braking capability.


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Disc Brakes 


Disc brakes are a very common type of brake. They consist of a few parts: the rotor, caliper, and brake pad. Each of these components works together to slow down the vehicle. When the pedal is pushed, the brake fluid is distributed throughout the brake lines.


This hydraulic pressure is then converted into the mechanical force that stops your car. In other words, the brake pads are engaged. Therefore, the friction between the pads and rotors leads to the vehicle slowing down.


Due to the extreme heat and friction, each component must thick enough to handle it. Brakes on Demand only uses premium Wagner brakes, so you can be assured that you’ll have the stopping power, every time you need it!


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Drum Brakes


Drum brakes are less common, but an economical way to slow down a vehicle. The drum brake rotates with the wheel and axel, while the brake portion is fixed to the vehicle. When the brake pedal is pushed, the brake shoe pushes out to the brake drum, slowing down the vehicle.


But there is a drawback. Drum brakes are not as efficient as disc brakes, therefore you won’t find them as front brakes anymore. On certain economy cars, you will still find brake drums as a way to save money on overall costs.


Brakes on Demand – Mobile Mechanic


Brakes on Demand is your mobile mechanic that works at your convenience. Our innovative mobile brake repair allows us to come to you! We’re a fully licensed and insured company, ready to handle large fleets to a single coupe.

For more information, visit our website or give us a call at (978) 596-6676!