June 2022

Maryland requires a safety inspection on all cars registered within the state. Before obtaining an inspection certificate, you must have your vehicle inspected at a licensed vehicle safety inspection station (in Maryland). The MD State Safety Inspection checks numerous automobile components and systems, including drum brakes, disk brakes, and regenerative braking. This blog will explore the basics of brake components, their common issues, and possible repairs. For more information on other automotive systems, see the links for this entire blog series at the end of this blog.   MD State Safety Inspection: Brake System Components An inspector will check all your vehicle's brake components during a safety inspection. Excessively worn or damaged parts may cause your vehicle to fail the inspection. Below is a generalized list of the basic components in the different brake systems found on most vehicles. If you are unfamiliar with the type of brakes equipped on your automobile, you can find the information in your owner's manual. Drum Brakes Drum brake systems have been around since the early 1900s. The first designs were completely mechanical, using manual levers. By the mid-1930s, they used hydraulic pressure to operate. Here's a basic list of the components found in the drum brake system: Master...