Nissan Almera is equipped with two independent braking systems: working and parking

The first, equipped with a hydraulic drive with a vacuum booster, provides braking when the car is moving, the second slows down the car in the parking lot.

Dual-circuit working system with a diagonal connection of the brake mechanisms of the front and rear wheels.

One hydraulic circuit provides the right front and left rear brakes, the other - the left front and right rear.

Nissan Almera brake system features

If one of the circuits of the service brake system fails, the second circuit is used to stop the car with sufficient efficiency.

Brake pedal - suspension type. A brake light switch is installed in the bracket of the pedal assembly above the brake pedal - its contacts close when the pedal is pressed.

To reduce the effort on the brake pedal, a vacuum booster is used, using the vacuum in the receiver of a running engine.

The vacuum booster is located in the engine compartment between the pedal pusher and the main brake cylinder and is attached with four nuts (through the front end shield) to the pedal bracket.

The vacuum amplifier is non-separable, it is replaced in case of failure.

Nissan Almera brake system features

The main brake cylinder is fastened with nuts to two studs of the vacuum booster housing.

On top of the cylinder there is a reservoir of the hydraulic drive of the brake system, in which there is a supply of working fluid.

The body of the tank is marked with maximum and minimum liquid levels, and a sensor is installed in the upper part, which, when the liquid level drops below the MIN mark, turns on the signaling device in the instrument cluster.

When the brake pedal is pressed, the pistons of the master cylinder move, creating pressure in the hydraulic drive, which is supplied through pipes and hoses to the working cylinders of the wheel brakes.

Nissan Almera brake system features

The brake mechanism of the front wheel is disc, with a floating caliper, which includes a caliper, made together with a single-piston wheel cylinder.

Nissan Almera brake system features

The brake shoe guide is attached to the steering knuckle with two bolts, and the caliper is attached with two bolts to the guide pins installed in the holes of the shoe guide.

Protective rubber covers are installed on the fingers.

Grease is placed in the holes for the pins of the shoe guide.

When braking, the fluid pressure in the hydraulic drive of the brake mechanism increases and the piston, moving out of the wheel cylinder, presses the inner brake pad against the disc.

Then the bracket (due to the movement of the guide pins in the holes of the guide pads) moves relative to the disc, pressing the outer brake pad against it.

A piston with a rectangular rubber sealing ring is installed in the cylinder body.

Due to the elasticity of this ring, a constant optimal gap is maintained between the disc and the brake pads.

Nissan Almera brake system features

The brake mechanism of the rear wheel is drum, with a two-piston wheel cylinder and two brake shoes, with automatic adjustment of the gap between the shoes and the drum.

The brake drum is also the hub of the rear wheel and the bearing is pressed into it.

Nissan Almera brake system features

The mechanism for automatic adjustment of the gap between the shoes and the drum consists of a composite spacer bar for the shoes, the regulator lever and its spring.

It starts working when the gap between the pads and the brake drum increases.

Nissan Almera brake system features

When the brake pedal is pressed, under the action of the pistons of the wheel cylinder, the pads begin to diverge and press against the drum, while the protrusion of the regulator lever moves along the cavity between the teeth of the ratchet nut.

At a certain amount of pad wear and the brake pedal is depressed, the adjuster lever has enough travel to turn the ratchet nut one tooth, thereby increasing the length of the spacer bar and at the same time reducing the gap between the pads and the drum.

In this way, the gradual lengthening of the spacer bar automatically maintains the clearance between the brake drum and the shoes.

The wheel cylinders of the brake mechanisms of the rear wheels are the same.

The front pads of the brake mechanisms of the rear wheels are the same, while the rear ones are different - they are mirror-symmetrically equipped with non-removable parking brake levers.

The spacer bar and ratchet nut of the left and right wheel brakes are different.

The ratchet nut and tip of the left wheel spacer bar are left hand threaded, while the ratchet nut and tip of the right wheel spacer bar are right hand threads.

The levers of the brake mechanisms of the left and right wheels are mirror-symmetrical.

The car is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), which provides more effective braking by reducing the fluid pressure in the brake mechanisms of the wheels at the time of their blocking.

The fluid from the master brake cylinder enters the ABS unit, and from there it is supplied to the brake mechanisms of all wheels.

Nissan Almera brake system features

The ABS unit, mounted in the engine compartment on the right side member, near the bulkhead, consists of a hydraulic unit, a modulator, a pump and a control unit.

ABS is dependent on signals from the wheel speed sensors. The sensors are inductive type.

Nissan Almera brake system features

The front wheel speed sensor is located in the hub assembly of the wheel - it is inserted into the groove of a special mounting ring of the sensor, sandwiched between the end surface of the outer ring of the hub bearing and the shoulder of the steering knuckle hole for the bearing.

Nissan Almera brake system features

The drive disk of the front wheel speed sensor is a protective washer of the hub bearing, located on one of the two end surfaces of the bearing.

This dark colored washer is made of magnetic material. On the other end surface of the bearing there is an ordinary light-colored protective washer made of thin sheet metal.

Nissan Almera brake system features

When the vehicle is braked, the ABS control unit detects the start of wheel lockup and opens the corresponding modulator solenoid valve to release the pressure of the working fluid in the channel.

The valve opens and closes several times per second, so you can verify that the ABS is working by the slight vibration of the brake pedal at the time of braking.

Nissan Almera brake system features

Parking brake drive - manual, mechanical, cable, on the rear wheels. It consists of a lever, a front cable with an adjusting nut on its tip, an equalizer, two rear cables and levers in the rear wheel brakes.

The parking brake lever, fixed between the front seats on the floor tunnel, is connected to the front cable.

An equalizer is attached to the rear end of the front cable, into the holes of which the front ends of the rear cables are inserted.

The rear cable ends are connected to the parking brake levers attached to the rear shoes.

During operation (until the rear brake pads are completely worn out), adjustment of the parking brake drive is not required, because. extension of the brake spacer compensates for pad wear.

The parking brake actuator only needs to be adjusted if the cables or the parking brake lever have been replaced.

Possible malfunctions of the brake system and methods of correction

Cause of failure Remedy

Increased brake pedal travel

Leakage of brake fluid from working brake cylinders - Replace failed working brake cylinders, wash and dry pads, discs and drums

Air in the brake system - Remove the air by pumping from system.

Rubber o-rings in brake master cylinder damaged - Replace master cylinder

Damaged rubber brake hoses - Replace the hoses and bleed the system.

Increased runout of the brake disc (more than 0.03 mm) - Grind or replace the disc if the thickness of the braked discs of the front of the wheels is less than 19.8 mm

Insufficient braking performance

Oiling the brake pads - Wash and dry the pads

Jamming of pistons in working cylinders - Eliminate the causes of jamming, replace damaged parts

Complete wear of the brake pads - Replace the brake pads

Brake overheating - Stop immediately and let the brakes cool down

Use of poor quality pads - Use original pads or products from companies specializing in the production of brake parts

Violation of the tightness of one of the circuits (accompanied by the failure of the brake pedal) - Replace damaged parts, bleed the system

Brake pedal misalignment - Determine the cause of the increase in full travel and replace the damaged parts

Violation of the adjustment of the protrusion of the rod of the vacuum brake booster - Contact the service to adjust the booster

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Malfunction - Contact a Service Center to Check Your Anti-Lock Braking System

Incomplete release of all wheels

No free play on the brake pedal

Increased protrusion of the vacuum brake booster rod - Replace the brake master cylinder

Contact the service to adjust the amplifier

Swelling of the rubber seals of the main cylinder due to the ingress of gasoline, mineral oils, etc. into the liquid. - Flush and bleed the entire hydraulic drive system, replace rubber parts

Jammed master cylinder pistons - Check and replace master cylinder if necessary

Braking one wheel when the pedal is released

Broken or loose parking brake shoe return springs - Replace spring

Piston sticking in the working cylinder due to contamination or corrosion of the body - Replace the working cylinder and bleed the hydraulic brake system

Swelling of the sealing rings of the working cylinder due to the ingress of foreign impurities into the liquid - Replace the working cylinder and bleed the hydraulic brakes

Violation of the position of the caliper relative to the brake disc when the mounting bolts are loosened - Tighten the mounting bolts, if necessary, replace the damaged parts

Incorrect parking brake adjustment - Adjust the parking brake

Anti-Lock Braking System Abnormality - Have an Anti-Lock Braking System Test

Sliding or pulling the car to the side when braking

Jamming of the piston of the working cylinder - Check and eliminate the jamming of the piston in the cylinder

Clogging of any tube due to dent or blockage - Replace or clean tube

Dirty or oily discs, drums and brake pads - Clean brake parts

Wheels out of alignment - Adjust wheel alignment

Various tire pressure - Set the required tire pressure

One of the brake circuits does not work (accompanied by a decrease in braking efficiency) - Replace damaged parts and bleed the system.

If this does not lead to the desired result, contact the service to check the anti-lock brake system (if installed on the car)

Increased brake pedal force when braking

Vacuum booster defective - Replace booster

The hose connecting the vacuum booster and the engine intake pipe is damaged or its fastening is loose - Replace the hose

Swelling of rubber cylinder seals due to the ingress of gasoline, mineral oils, etc. into the liquid. - Replace cylinders, flush and bleed the system

Squeaking or vibrating brakes

Oiling the friction linings - Clean the linings with a wire brush using warm water and detergent.

Remove the causes of fluid or grease getting on the brake pads

Worn pads or foreign matter in them - Replace the pads

Excessive runout or uneven wear (felt by vibration of the brake pedal) of the brake disc - Grind or replace the disc if the thickness of the brake discs of the front wheels is less than 19.8 mm