A fully functioning brake system is crucial for safety on the road. It protects you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road. Your vehicle’s brake system involves highly engineered parts and precise movements that will bring your vehicle stop by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy. When you press down on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes a system of hydraulic brake lines that lead to each of the vehicle’s wheels. The brake pads or shoes then press against a disc or drum, creating the necessary friction needed to slow your vehicle to a complete stop. Over time, this friction and heat can wear down the brake shoes, brake pads, calipers, brake rotors, and other braking components. While the brake system's components may vary, the warning signs for impending brake repairs are the same.