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Brake flush

What is a brake flush? 

We know that brakes make your car stop. But how does it do that? Your brakes use a system of parts that work together to stop your vehicle. In that system, there is brake fluid. 

Brake fluid is another kind of hydraulic. Brake fluid will run through your brake lines and go to all four of your wheels. Brake fluid applies force to your brakes, in order to stop the vehicle. 

A brake flush takes all the old dirty brake fluid out of your master cylinder. Then, replaces it with fresh and clean fluid. Brake flushes should take place every 2 years, or 30,000 miles. 

Having your brake fluid check often is highly recommended. It’s better to be safe than sorry! 
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What is a brake bleed?

Brake bleeding is when you have all the bubbles removed from your brake lines. When there is an intensive amount of air bubbles in your brake lines, it can reduce hydraulic pressure in your braking system. You need Hydraulic pressure to stop your vehicle! 
 
 If your brake pedal is soft, or your brakes lose, have your brakes bled. This normally occurs every two to three years. Also, you should have had your brakes bled after every brake job. 

There are many ways to bleed your brakes. The first is manual. This requires you to place a container under your brakes and pull the screw out while another person presses the brakes.

 Another way to bleed your brakes is to use a pressurized brake fluid method. You can also attach a vacuum to the bleeder screw after you open it. The vacuum sucks the unwanted air out of the brake lines. 

Sometimes, a brake bleed needs to be done using an electronic scan tool. The most popular electronic scan tool is the CarScan Pro #5610. Check out this demonstration of an OBD2 scanner being used to bleed brakes! 

How do brakes work? 

Before you can understand how brakes work, you must know about the components that make up the brakes. They are the seno, the master cylinder, brake calipers, brake fluid, brake disks, brake drums, and brake pads and shoes. All of these parts are connected using hoses and pipes. 
 
Disc brakes 

Disc brakes consist of three parts. The brake disc, the brake caliper, and the brake pad. When you push the brake pedal, brake fluid squeezes the brake pad against the brake disc. This contact allows the car to be able to slow down or stop. 

Drum brakes 

Drum brakes also consist of three parts. Hydraulic wheel cylinders, brakes shoes, and brake drums. When you push down on the brake pedal, the two brake shoes get pushed, by the hydraulic wheel cylinders, into the rotating brake drum.

History of Brakes 

The first brakes were made in the early 1900s. They were the “Wooden Block Brakes”. They were made for horse-drawn vehicles so they didn’t need to be able to stop at high speeds. They could slow down a vehicle if it were going anywhere from 10 miles per hour to 20. No higher! 
 
Mechanical drum brakes were also made in the early 1900s. Gotlieb Daimler was the famous inventor of these brakes. These brakes were not ideal. Their average lifetime was very little due to weather exposure.
 
In 1918, the first Hydraulic brakes were invented. They were invented by Malcolm Loughead. This braking system used hydraulic fluids to stop and slow. Although these brakes were ideal, they did not become popular until the late 1920s. 
 
In the mid to late 1900s, expanding internal shoe brakes were invented. These were the first brakes to be put inside a car. These brakes would last longer due to the fact that there was no weather exposure. 
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Where can I get a Brake flush

Tedious Repairs has been fixing brakes for over 13 years. They offer brake flushes on all makes and models! Since 2008 Tedious Repairs has been offering the Chico community the high-quality automotive services they need. 

Here at Tedious Repairs, we offer everything brake repair related that you may need. We offer brake pad replacement, brake fluid flushes, adding new brakes, fixing motors, and much more! 

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