How Long Does a Brake Wheel Cylinder Last?

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One of the most important functions that a car performs every time that it is operated is braking. Without a properly working braking system, it would not be safe to operate your car. With all of the various components that have to work together to make the brakes engage, it can be a bit difficult to keep track of them. The wheel cylinders are located on the rear of the car if the car has drum brakes. These cylinders help to apply pressure to the brake shoes when trying to bring the car to a stop. The only time that the wheel cylinders on a car are used is when you press down on the brake pedal.

These small cylinders are made to last the life of the car, but usually will need to be replaced before that. When you press the brake pedal, the master cylinder will fill the wheel cylinders with fluid. The pressure that is created by this fluid is what helps to put force on the brake shoes and brings the car to a stop. The wheel cylinders of a car are made from metal and rubber. The high heat and constant use that these cylinders get are usually the biggest reason why they will need to be replaced eventually.

Taking notice of the signs that your car gives when the wheel cylinders are broken can help to save you a lot of frustration and money. The last thing that you need to do when the wheel cylinders on your car are in need of repair is to ignore the problem. Without properly working wheel cylinders, it will be very hard for a car to brake efficiently. The following are some of the signs that you may notice when it comes time to replace the wheel cylinders on your car:

  • The brake pedal goes all the way to floor
  • There is a lot of noise from the rear brakes
  • Fluid is leaking from the wheel cylinders

The faster you are able to get your wheel cylinders replaced, the better off your braking system will ultimately be.


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Jose

8 years of experience
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Jose
8 years of experience
BMW 325i - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Redwood City, California
I had a few mechanics from YM and _all_ of them arrived late (some even 2 hours late) , but not Jose! He arrived right on time! I gave him the keys and let him do his job. I am a curious person so I asked him a few questions about his techniques and he had no problem answering them all with detailed explanations! He did run into a problem on my car because of stripped bolts, but he literally went above and beyond and found a way to remove it. Best mechanic ever.
Lexus CT200h - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - South San Francisco, California
Jose was on time and did a great job on my brakes. He was friendly and explained the entire process. Would highly recommend.

Augustine

11 years of experience
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Augustine
11 years of experience
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Augustine was amazing. He was the perfect example of customer service all around. While he was working, I was recommending him to my neighbors. Next time I need work, I will be requesting Augustine specifically!!!!! Please give him a raise or bonus!!!
Toyota Corolla - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mr. Sanchez showed up on time and finished replacing my rotors and break pads. He was very informative and treats your car like his own. He was very time efficient and communicated very well. I highly recommend Mr. Sanchez’s services!!!!

John

26 years of experience
552 reviews
John
26 years of experience
GMC Yukon XL 1500 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - League City, Texas
I am so happy John is back. I trust him very much. He is efficient and has a tremendous amount of mechanical knowledge. He is a true asset to Your Mechanic.
Ford F-150 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Alvin, Texas
I like John because he is very knowledgeable about all my vehicles. In addition he is very organized regarding how he performs his work.

Wesley

8 years of experience
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Wesley
8 years of experience
Dodge Nitro - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Peoria, Arizona
Great experience. Very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Highly recommended and will continue to use for future work.

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