A vehicle’s brake system is hydraulically operated, which means that it uses liquid pressure to translate the relatively small force of your foot on the brake pedal to clamp the brakes hard on their respective brake discs or brake drums and then stop or slow down the vehicle.


When you drive your vehicle you pay little attention to the power of this hydraulic system, but keep in mind that you are only braking with your right foot and you are slowing a vehicle down that weighs at least or more than 1 000 kg. Modern SUVs and bakkies can way over 2 500 kg and some even more than 3 000 kg and you stop any of them with minimal pressure of your right foot on the brake pedal.

A hydraulic system is ideal for a vehicle’s brakes as it ensures equal force on all relevant points. This is helped by electronic aides, such as the anti-lock brake (ABS) system and modern vacuum-assisted emergency brake systems.

At Steves Auto Clinic the team of technicians will inspect the hydraulic system and the brake system in general to make sure that it operates correctly, given the safety-critical nature of a car’s brakes. As part of the inspection, the technicians will look for any possible leak in the brake system that may lead to a loss of braking pressure or even, in extreme circumstances, the complete loss of braking.

The checking and inspecting of your brake components for leaks is part of every major car service done by Steves Auto Clinic.