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What do brake cylinders do?

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The brake cylinder is an integral part of the vehicle’s hydraulic braking system, which converts the hydraulic pressure generated by the brake pedal into mechanical force to initiate braking. The brake cylinder is responsible for applying pressure to the brake shoes or pads in contact with the rotating brake drum or disc to create friction that slows or stops the vehicle.
Brake cylinders have two types: brake master cylinders and brake wheel cylinders. Brake wheel cylinders are located on each wheel in a drum brake system. They have a piston inside that pushes the brake shoes when hydraulic pressure is applied. On the other hand, brake master cylinders are located on the brake pedal and are responsible for generating the hydraulic pressure distributed to each wheel cylinder.
Overall, brake cylinders play a vital role in ensuring safe vehicle deceleration and stopping. If there is a problem with brake cylinders, such as a leak or piston failure, it can cause problems with braking performance and should be repaired or replaced promptly.

When should brake cylinders be replaced?

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Brake cylinders are an important part of your vehicle’s braking system, and if they fail or are damaged, they can affect your vehicle to be slowed down or stopped. When brake cylinders are no longer functioning properly or showing signs of wear and tear, they should be replaced. Here are some signs that your brake cylinders may need to be replaced:
1. Leading brake fluid: If you notice brake fluid leaking from brake cylinders, this is a clear sign that they need to be replaced. Leaking brake fluid can also cause the brake system to lose pressure, which can affect your ability to stop the vehicle.
2. Soft or spongy brake pedal: If your brake pedal feels soft or spongy when you apply pressure, this could indicate a problem with brake cylinders. A soft pedal could be due to air in the brake lines, but it could also be a sign that the cylinders are failing.
3. Decreased braking performance: If you notice that your car takes longer than usual to stop, or the brakes don’t feel as responsive as they used to, this could be a sign of a failing brake cylinder.
4. Squeaking or Grinding noise: If you hear squeaking or grinding noises when you apply the brakes, it could be a sign of worn brake pads or shoes, but it could also be a sign of a failed brake cylinder.

How long do brake cylinders last?

The service life of the brake cylinder depends on various factors, such as the type of brake system, driving conditions and maintenance history.
Generally, brake cylinders can run for 50,000 to 100,000 miles or more before they need to be replaced. However, this can be affected by a variety of factors, including the driving style of your vehicle, the usage frequency of brakes, and the quality of the brake cylinders.
Regular maintenance can help extend the service life of your brake cylinders by checking brake fluid levels, replacing worn brake pads and checking your brake system for signs of damage or wear.
It is also important to ask a qualified mechanic to help you check the brakes when you notice any warning signs such as squealing or grinding noises when braking, a soft or spongy brake pedal, or a warning light on the dashboard.

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Eric Ding

Hi, I'm Eric, the founder of GDST Auto Parts, a family-run business, and we are a professional brake parts manufacturer in China. With 20 years' experience of production and sales, we have worked with 150+ clients from 80+ countries. I'm writing this article to share some knowledge about brake parts with you.

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