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SAAB brake system is one of those things you only think about when it fouls up (or you do). Like when the service guy says, "You need your SAAB rotors ground and it's gonna cost $200," or you're surprised by a yellow light at an intersection. Suddenly your SAAB brakes are of acute interest. Why wait for unpleasant surprises? A general understanding of your SAAB car brakes system can save you money, and may allow you to drive that SAAB more safely and save a lot more than just cash. After all, the more you know, the better you can care for your SAAB automobile.
SAAB Brakes Theory. Ask any of your physicist pals, and they'll tell you that SAAB brakes convert the kinetic energy of SAAB vehicle motion into heat. Translation: SAAB brakes stop the SAAB, or more accurately, SAAB brakes stop the wheels on the SAAB automobile. There's a big difference, because the most powerful brakes in the world will not stop your SAAB automobile effectively if the road surface has little or no traction. Mash the SAAB brake pedal and the wheels on an the SAAB will stop turning sure enough, but the SAAB auto will skid along happily. You, on the other hand, will be a lot less happy. Many drivers tend to think of a skid as "SAAB brake failure" when in fact the situation is really a failure of the driver to understand the traction conditions and to drive accordingly.
SAAB Brakes Basics. The typical SAAB passenger vehicle brake system is relatively simple. When you step on the SAAB brake pedal, the force your leg exerts is applied to a device called a brake master cylinder. The SAAB brake master cylinder contains a piston that pressurizes a network of hydraulic SAAB brake lines that lead to each of the SAAB vehicle's wheels. At each SAAB wheel, that brake fluid pressure operates the SAAB brakes by driving brake pistons that force replaceable brake linings against a rotating SAAB brake drum or SAAB disc brake pad. Friction is what slows the SAAB wheel, and in turn, the entire SAAB vehicle. When the friction material (a.k.a. SAAB brake pads, SAAB linings, SAAB brake shoes) is almost worn out, metallic tabs are designed to create a squealing or chirping noise when the SAAB brakes are applied to (hopefully) alert the driver that the SAAB brake linings are due for replacement. Heed the warning. Worn SAAB linings have less fade-resistance than new SAAB linings. Plus, if you ignore the warnings long enough, you can do costly damage to the SAAB brake rotors, SAAB brake drums and other SAAB brake components. Even with regular replacement of the SAAB brake shoes and SAAB disc brake pads, some additional service is typically required over the long haul. The surfaces of SAAB brake drums and SAAB disc brake rotors wear unevenly in normal use and eventually need to be re-machined to work properly. All modern SAAB brakes systems are many times more powerful than the SAAB engine, so at full throttle, even a very powerful SAAB automobile can be easily stopped with the SAAB brakes. All SAAB automobiles also have a parking brake (sometimes called the emergency brake) that works independently of the regular SAAB brake system. The SAAB parking brake typically acts on only the SAAB rear wheels and is mechanically operated to work in case of a hydraulic brake problem with the regular SAAB service brakes.
Better SAAB Brakes. Many engineering refinements over the history of the automobile have spectacularly improved the function and reliability of SAAB braking systems. Power brakes are standard on virtually all modern SAAB passenger vehicles, and they use energy supplied by the engine to help power the SAAB brakes so that the strength of your right leg doesn't have to do all the work. To eliminate the possibility of sudden, complete SAAB brake failure, modern SAAB vehicles actually have two parallel SAAB brake systems, with each brake system controlling two of the SAAB vehicle's wheels. This way, even if one SAAB brake system has a major brake failure, the other SAAB brake system can still stop the SAAB auto (albeit less effectively). SAAB brakes themselves have dramatically improved over the years, too. A few decades ago, SAAB drum brakes were in wide usage, and they're still used on the rear wheels of many vehicles. This type of brake employs a drum-shaped assembly that spins with the wheel. Inside the SAAB brake drum, stationary "SAAB brake shoes" faced with replaceable friction material are forced against the SAAB brake drum when you push the SAAB brake pedal. Drum brakes work well, but they have a hard time shedding heat well enough to prevent fade when used really hard. SAAB Brake fade occurs when the brake overheats dramatically; SAAB braking power is vastly reduced, and the SAAB) brake components and SAAB brake linings can be damaged. A significant advancement came in the form of SAAB disc brakes, which today are used almost universally on SAAB front wheels (which do most of the work under SAAB braking) and on many rear wheels. SAAB disc brake systems have a metal (or exotic material in some racing applications) disc (or brake rotor) that spins along with the SAAB wheel, and a stationary "brake caliper" that squeezes the disc with replaceable friction material (SAAB brake pad) when the SAAB brakes are applied. With plenty of airflow on the exposed discs, these types of SAAB brakes are much less fade-prone. Additionally, the SAAB discs are often internally vented to allow even greater airflow. Back when brake fade was a common problem on long mountainous descents, drivers would shift the transmission into a lower gear to allow engine braking to take some of the load off of the SAAB brakes. With modern SAAB brakes, this is usually no longer required, except in situations such as towing a heavy load downhill.
SAAB Anti-Lock Brakes Systems. SAAB tires generate the maximum deceleration when braking power is brought right to the brink of wheel lock-upóbut not beyond. Once the SAAB brakes lock and the wheels skid, actual deceleration is reduced and directional control via the SAAB steering is lost. Electronically controlled SAAB anti-lock brakes systems (ABS) have netted great advances in SAAB auto controllability and reduced stopping distances in most real-world situations, particularly in rain or when cornering. SAAB ABS uses a combination of electronics and hydraulic controls to allow normal braking right up to the point of SAAB wheel lock-up, then the SAAB brake system intervenes to reduce fluid pressure to the SAAB brakes to keep the SAAB automobile deceleration at its maximum, given the road conditions. Typical SAAB ABS systems have speed sensors at each wheel that continuously feed information to a centrally located SAAB ABS computer. The computer uses this data to determine overall SAAB auto speed, and to detect when a SAAB wheel begins to lock. Since each wheel is independently controlled (in a four-channel SAAB ABS system), pressure is automatically limited or reduced to only the wheel that is locking. Three-channel SAAB ABS is a slightly less complex system used on some SAAB automobiles; it allows for independent control of each of the front wheels, but applies the same SAAB braking pressure to both SAAB rear wheels. Measurable performance differences between these two types of SAAB ABS are slight, and both types of SAAB ABS have a significant advantage over non-ABS brakes. When one wheel locks on a non-ABS car, the only way to allow it to spin again and regain full directional control is by the driver reducing the brake pedal pressure, which reduces the braking force at all four wheels at once. SAAB ABS is capable of providing shorter stopping distances in difficult situations than would a conventional SAAB brakes system, even with an expert doing the driving. Driving with SAAB ABS requires no special training, though you might need to un-learn a technique that makes some sense with non-ABS brakes. With old-style SAAB brakes, drivers were commonly told to "pump" the SAAB brakes when they were approaching SAAB wheel lockup. This rule of thumb was meant to help the average driver avoid fully locking the SAAB brakes and skidding straight ahead without SAAB steering control. With SAAB ABS, you simply push on the SAAB brake pedal as hard as necessary to make the SAAB stop. If SAAB traction is marginal, you may feel a pulsing sensation through the SAAB brake pedal, which is completely normal. Throughout the stop, you have SAAB steering control, so you can swerve or turn if required to avoid an obstacle.
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