BRAKES

They stop us quickly and keep us safer on the road. Brakes are essential to our vehicles working properly.

There are two types of brakes used on modern vehicles. Automobiles come built with 2 sets of brakes – one in the front and 1 in the rear. Modern cars have disc brakes located on the front wheels. Rear brakes may be either disc or drum brakes depending on the particular vehicle. Many cars have disc brakes on all four wheels. Brakes stop the vehicle by using friction to transform motion into heat. Excessive heat in braking systems can cause a variety of symptoms including; premature wear, noise, and vibration.

DISC Brake Repair

Disc brakes work by simply squeezing the brake pads against the rotor. The harder you press the pedal the tighter the squeeze. Braking action pushes hydraulic fluid through a series of lines and hoses, providing enough pressure to engage the braking system and to stop the wheels from turning. Undertaking a brake repair requires a professional knowledge of hydraulic pressure.

Occasionally, hydraulic brake fluid gets air bubbles trapped inside, often because of flawed hydraulic components or damaged lines or hoses. This will decrease the effectiveness of the brakes. Our certified technicians are well trained and equipped to handle hydraulic system repairs in addition to brakes that are simply worn out from miles of driving. We service all makes and models including; Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Ford, Acura, Honda, Subaru, Toyota, Dodge, Chevrolet, and more. We use only brake components that meet or exceed manufacturer’s specifications.

DRUM Brake Repair

Drum brakes are quite different from disc brakes but still rely on a hydraulic braking system. Brake shoes are pressed into the brake drum during braking by a hydraulic wheel cylinder. Because drum brakes are normally found only on the rear of a vehicle, they tend to wear somewhat more slowly than disc brakes. Because of the way they are designed drum brakes require regular inspection, cleaning and adjustment to keep them in good working order. Properly adjusted drum brakes will wear more evenly and give you longer service life.

 

Here’s some basic information about brakes that will keep your car safe on the road.

Check your brakes periodically to keep up routine maintenance on your vehicle. This should be done at the same time you get your tires rotated. A thorough brake inspection should include brake pad/lining wear, your brake fluid level, rotor thickness, condition of hoses and brake lines, as well as your brake lights and dashboard warning lights.

Check Your Brakes

The brake pads are what assist your car in stopping the wheels from moving, along with the rotor. The brake pads wear down with time from continuous wear from creating the friction necessary to stop a vehicle.

Replacing brake pads are a normal part of car maintenance. Here are some clues to tell you that your brake pads may need replaced. If you are able to see your brake pads without removing wheels or other parts, it makes an easy way to check your own brakes. In other instances, your wheel may need to be removed to check the brake pads.

  • If the brake pads have 1/8” or less of padding, it’s time to replace them.
  • The rotor disc should be shiny and may have some lines, but if you see grooves and rough spots you may need to have the rotor replaced.
  • Check for brake dust, which can be on your front tires and around on your car. If the brake dust suddenly disappears, it could be a sign that you need to replace them immediately and they are completely worn.
  • If you hear a metallic screeching noise when you brake, it could be a key indicator that you need a brake pad replacement.
  • If you feel your car shake, grind or pull to one side when you hit the brakes, it could be a sign that they need to be checked out.

Check Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is a clear type of hydraulic fluid used in your car’s brake system. Brake fluid is able to absorb heat and disperse it throughout the brake system.

Brake fluid can also absorb water, which can cause damage to other parts of the brake system, so it’s important to change the brake fluid when it starts to become a dark color. You can check your brake fluid under the hood of your car. Check your owner’s manual for the type of brake fluid needed for your vehicle.

Signs of Brake Problems

It is important to be alert to signs that you might be having problems with your brakes. Clues that something’s wrong with your brakes include:

  • Your brake warning light comes on (including the ABS warning light)
  • Unusual noise when you apply the brakes – especially grinding or squealing noises
  • Your car’s response when you hit the brakes  – such as if your car pulls in one direction or another, or shakes
  • The feel of the brake pedal – such as if the brake pedal is too soft (goes to the floor when you press the pedal) or hard (hardly moves when you press the pedal)

 

When it comes to replacing brakes, there are some people who can determine which brakes and what kind need replaced on their vehicle. For the rest of us, a mechanic is the best solution when it comes to replacing brakes.