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Here you’ll learn some of the basic of your vehicle braking systems and find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
There are a lot of important parts working together when you press down on the brake pedal, bringing your vehicle to a safe and precise stop, starting from cylinders to supply brakefluid to your calipers so they can power your brake pads. Pressure from your brake pads is then applied to your rotors, providing the right amount of friction to stop your vehicle.
Behind every wheel is an intricate brake system – which needs to function properly in order for you to stop your vehicle safely, brake system inspection is an absolute must to ensuresafe driving conditions. During a brake inspection the entire brake system is checked; this includes the following: the brake pedal, brake fluid, brake lines and hoses, and the brakeassemblies (whether they are disc brakes or drum brakes)
We do an extensive check on these following parts during every brake Inspection:
- Pads (and/or shoes)
- Rotors (and/or drums)
- Wheel cylinders
- Hardware (springs and adjusters)- Hoses
- Parking brake cables
- Fluid condition
- Wheel bearings and grease seals- Master cylinder fluid exchange
Having effective stopping power is a must and need for every vehicle. Early detection is the key to maintaining your brakes’ performance and we highly recommend that you have your brakes inspected on a yearly basis (minimum), and at any of the first signs of a brake problem.
Routine repairs can help protect you from dealing with more costly repairs, hence, noticing any warning symptoms earlier of brake wear requires an immediate inspection. Simply schedule an appointment with The Brake Shop for a brake Inspection.
Brake pads press against your rotors, creating the friction necessary to bring your car to a precise stop.
Rotor is a key part of your vehicle’s braking system, rotors are the large metal discs that are inside of each wheel that can be found on disc brakes, the rotor is attached to the wheel by the vehicle’s axle.
Calipers create the pressure needed to activate your brake pads, so they can stop your rotors from spinning. Calipers only function properly with brake fluid.
Brake fluid is the key to a properly functioning brake system. By pressing on the brake pedal, pressure is created in your brake lines sending brake fluid traveling to each caliper. This then activates your brake pads, which create the friction needed to bring your car to a stop. Usually brake fluid leaks are hard to detect. They could lead to your vehicle and potentially needing more time to stop or even not stopping at all. Without brake fluid, brakes cannot function.
After pressing down on the brake pedal, brake fluid makes its way to your calipers through your brake hose. When the fluid reaches each caliper, your brake pads are then activated.
Why is it important to get my brakes inspected at the first sign of a symptom?
Smelling foul odors emitting from your tires? Feeling pulsations when you brake at high speeds? If any of these apply to your vehicle, make sure you get your brakes inspected before more expensive parts wear down due to metal–on–metal grinding.
The most common problem we find are rotors that are warped and damaged when worn out brake pads and shoes haven’t been replaced – ultimately shortening the life of healthy parts due to that metal–on–metal friction.
Screeching, squealing, grinding and other awful braking sounds are the main symptoms warning you that your brake pads & shoes should be inspected right away. The sooner you stop in, the better your odds of addressing worn–down pads and shoes before they affect other more costly parts – resulting in more expensive repairs that could have possibly been avoided.
Vibration and pulsation traveling through your brake pedal and steering wheel. When you brake, are you shaking along with it? If this feeling applies to you, your brake system is giving you a pretty big hint to its worn–down condition. Driving with this problem cannot only warp your rotors from metal–on–metal friction, but it can also turn a small brake repair into a big and expensive repair.
Braking functions requiring more brake pedal pressure. If you notice you’re pressing your brake pedal farther than normal in order to stop your vehicle, you’ve entered the beginning stages and one of the first signs of brake pad wear.
That foul, noxious smell coming from your tires is a cry for help. If you start noticing awful smells coming from your tires, get them inspected immediately. Those nasty smells could have dangerous consequences if you delay inspection.
Your brake warning light is on. If this light appears. Our brake specialist will perform a free brake inspection to make sure it’s not just a glitch in your vehicle system.
Driving habits are the biggest factor when it comes to the life expectancy of your brake parts. The first and most important step to proper brake maintenance is having them checked out before problems worsen or develop. Never ignore a brake problem because they never get better on their own.
The hard parts are built for lasting durability: Rotors and calipers can last for a long time IF you maintain them and follow their recommended inspection intervals.
Completely worn brake pads can damage your rotors pretty fast, requiring expensive repairs. Pay close attention to brake pad wear – their symptoms are pretty noticeable when they are in need of replacing. Replace them before they compromise your more expensive parts, such as your rotors.
Calipers are in it for the long haul. Calipers can last a long time if you play your cards right. Their biggest foes are heat and corrosion. If you don’t maintain your vehicle with routine and manufacturer–recommended maintenance, it can lead to caliper corrosion and leaks.
When you have a trained tire technician working on the brakes responsible for every stop you make, you also have a knowledgeable professional that’s experienced with all the intricacies of your braking system.
We provide all the services to protect your vehicle—and your wallet. Stop on in for a braking service that’s in–tune with your “sixty to zero” needs.
Brake Fluid exchange — removes air and brake fluid contaminants
Replace and Install — new brake hardware, brake hoses, calipers, drums and master cylinders, rotors and wheel bearings. Resurface — drums and rotors
Clean and Adjust — drum brakes and parking brakes
Repack — wheel bearings (crucial for keeping bearings lubricated)
Anti–lock Braking System (ABS) — diagnostics and system repair