Do your car's wheels lock up every time you brake hard? If they do, then your car probably has a damaged brake proportioning valve. Though oftentimes overlooked, the proportioning valve is an important part of your car's braking system. Without it, your rear brakes will lock in times of panic braking because the pressure in the brake system won't be reduced.
If it's your first time to replace this part, you probably have questions about which valve you should buy. Here are some FAQs that will help you in your search for the best brake proportioning valve.
What are the types of brake proportioning valves?
There are three types of proportioning valves sold nowadays. But before buying one, it's important for you to know the different types of valves, so you won't regret your purchase. Listed below are the three basic proportioning valve types.
- Load sensing: This type of proportioning valve is installed on your vehicle's rear frame. In order for it to be connected to the suspension, a lever is used.
- Master cylinder mounted: Another type of proportioning valve is the master cylinder mounted. It is screwed on the fluid ports that are located between your car's brake lines and master cylinder.
- Combination valve mounted: The last proportioning valve type is the combination valve. It is attached below the master cylinder, and it is a part of the metering valves, differential switch, and combination valves.
Note: These three types of brake proportioning valves have the same purpose-to avoid rear brake lock-up. Their only difference is the place where they are mounted on.
Which brand to buy?
Since the automobile industry boom, many people have been venturing in the car parts manufacturing business. That's why, if you'll browse a car parts catalog, you'll see dozens of car part brands. To help you with your search, here are two tips on how you'll recognize the best brand.
- Read brand reviews: These reviews judge brands and their products based on quality and affordability, so they will give you ideas on the perfect brand.
- Check the offered warranty: If you want to save money in the long run, you should buy from a brand that offers the longest warranty. It's because brand warranty guarantees that the product is free from material and workmanship defects.