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The cylinders on the brake wheels press the brake shoes against the brake drum and cause friction that slows the car down. They are located in the brake drums in rear braking system. Over time, the wheel cylinder seals can wear out and brake fluid can leak out, reducing the effectiveness of the brakes.
It is a good idea to check the brake wheel cylinders once a year. You should check your brake system immediately when the brake warning light is on. The brake wheel cylinders are replaced in pairs. Both rear tires get new cylinders.
No. When you step on the brake pedal, the brake wheel cylinder exerts pressure on the brake shoe. This pressure pushes the brake shoe into contact with the brake drum and creates friction that allows your vehicle to slow down and stop. If the brake wheel cylinder stops working, you will no longer be able to apply enough force to the brake shoe and your vehicle will not be able to brake as effectively as it should.
Repair of the brake wheel cylinder depends on the make, model and type of mechanism used on the vehicle.
A typical mid-priced brand like Ford, Fiat, Hyundai, Honda, peugeot, vauxhall or hyundai can cost between £ 120 and £ 250 at an authorized dealer.