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