BRAKES

Reliability and safety not only in emergency

Safety starts here

An efficient braking system is the fundamental requirement for active safety for your vehicle. The apparently simple action of pressing the brake pedal sets off a series of mechanisms aimed at reducing the speed of the vehicle or stopping it all together.
The brake pedal, the pump, the lines, the pads, the disc, the callipers and the drums are the main components of the braking system. In order to ensure the highest level of safety, all these parts must be checked and serviced regularly together with the brake fluid. Taking care of the braking system means guaranteeing your safety, that of your passengers but also of pedestrians, too.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Combining the right balance of various elements, such as resin, rubber, talc, metal, carbon fibre, glass and ceramic, is fundamental to obtain the compound needed to make a brake pad. This is essential to guarantee effective braking at any operating temperature.
  • "Stopping distance" is the space travelled by a vehicle from when the driver perceives a danger until the vehicle comes to a complete stop: it is calculated by adding the reaction distance and the braking distance. An effective braking system is critical and can be the difference between driving safety or taking risks.

Useful tips

The possibility of the braking system failing suddenly is very unlikely, except for the chance of accidental breakage of the brake lines. Very often, however, you get accustomed to driving with worn brakes and adapt your driving style as a consequence.

The main symptoms of a braking system which requires immediate maintenance are:
  • Unusual noises.
  • Vibrations felt when the brake pedal is pressed.
  • Unjustified increase of the stopping distance.
  • Tendency of the car to pull rightwards or leftwards when braking.
  • Soft or unresponsive brake pedal.

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