Why is a split braking system used

Do you know how long your next braking distance will be?


To double the speed means to quadruple the braking distance. The braking distance and reaction time of the driver (about 1s) result in the stopping distance. The length depends, among other factors, on the condition of the brake system and the road surface. Rain, snow and ice lengthen it. A suitable speed is the best method for safe braking, and the use of original parts for brake repairs guarantees a perfect braking system. To double the speed means to quadruple the braking distance. The braking distance and reaction time of the driver (about 1s) result in the stopping distance. The length depends, among other factors, on the condition of the brake system and the road surface. Rain, snow and ice lengthen it. A suitable speed is the best method for safe braking, and the use of original parts for brake repairs is a guarantee of a faultless braking system.

The split braking system = double safety


Designers have been dividing the braking system into two separate brake circuits since the 1930s. If a brake circuit fails, it is still possible to safely brake with the legally required minimum deceleration. Common today are:

  1. Diagonal division.

  2. Distribution on 2 x 3 bikes.

  3. Two brake circuits on all 4 wheels.

  4. One brake circuit acts on all 4 wheels, the second on the wheels of the front axle.


But the most important thing: In an emergency, step on the brake pedal fully to avoid wasting braking distance. If the vehicle has ABS, you can drive around the obstacle by braking.

With 100 km / h or 28 m / s closer to vacation.
 

Brakes do a multiple of the engine in a very short time.
Intact brakes mean safe driving, especially with fully occupied vacation vehicles. Start rested, take enough breaks in good time, drive concentrated and at a distance - this is how you reach your holiday destination safely. Before that, go to the specialist workshop for a holiday check.

The brake fluid loves the water.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, i.e. it absorbs water over time. Vapor bubbles form in the braking system under heavy loads. The driver steps into space when braking. Brake failure is imminent. Only the regular change (every 2-3 years) of the brake fluid ensures the full performance of the brake system in all driving situations

When the brake fluid level in the reservoir drops.

You can check the brake fluid level under the front cover in a transparent container. It must always be located between the Min. And Max. Markings. A drop below max. Indicates wear of the disc brake linings or drum brake shoes. If it drops below min., The brake system could be leaking. Don't just refill!
Definitely to find the cause in a specialist workshop or in a brake center. And repair the damage with original brake parts.

When the free travel of the brake pedal becomes longer and longer.

You must not be able to press the brake pedal more than 5 cm. If you still do not feel any firm resistance or if the pedal bounces, a brake circuit may have failed or there is air in the brake system.
The result: The brake pedal travel is extended.
Definitely immediately to the specialist workshop.

If the front wheels lock too early.

You must not be able to press the brake pedal more than 5 cm. If you still do not feel any firm resistance or if the pedal bounces, a brake circuit may have failed or there is air in the brake system.
The result: The brake pedal travel is extended.
Definitely immediately to the specialist workshop.

If the rear wheels lock too early.

If the rear wheels lock too early, the vehicle becomes unstable, especially in the event of emergency braking - the rear breaks out and the vehicle skids. The reasons: E.g. wrong brake pads at the front or rear, an incorrectly adjusted or failed brake force regulator, oily or worn brake pads at the front, worn or damaged brake discs at the front, defective brake calipers on the front axle.
Definitely immediately to the specialist workshop.

If the car goes out of lane when braking.

Every time you brake, especially in an emergency, the vehicle must stay in lane. Every counter-steering means there is a risk of skidding.
The reasons: Especially in the case of one-sided errors, such as incorrect brake linings, worn, oily or glazed brake linings, worn or damaged brake discs or drums, rusted or stiff pistons in wheel cylinders or disc brakes.
Definitely immediately to the specialist workshop.

Brakes - check after the winter.

Long, wet winters promote corrosion due to chemical influences (e.g. road salt), especially on the braking system. The brake fluid has absorbed water. Time for a brake check in a specialist workshop.

The FSH team wishes you a safe journey!