TIME FOR BRAKE SERVICE?
There are several warning signs that your vehicle is in need of service. Simply using your sense of hearing, sight and touch may alert you to a potential problem. Here are some of the common questions you should ask yourself concerning your vehicle’s brake system:
Does your brake warning light come on when you are driving?
Is your brake fluid low? Does it appear very dirty?
Do you hear a grinding sound or a squealing sound when you apply the brake pedal?
Does your vehicle steer or pull to one side when braking?
Do you feel a pulsation or some sponginess in the brake pedal when it is depressed?
ABOUT BRAKING SYSTEMS.
Today’s braking systems are composed of a number of integral parts all working together to ensure that your vehicle stops properly. Generally speaking, by depressing the brake pedal, you are telling the master cylinder to compress brake fluid, which in turn sends hydraulic pressure through brake lines that activate your vehicle’s brake pads (or shoes). These pads (or shoes) then make contact with spinning rotors (or drums), slowing down or stopping the vehicle. More complex systems use sensors to activate the brake system, but the net desired effect is the same.
The parts that make up your vehicle’s brake system wear down over time and eventually need to be replaced. The most common brake repair performed is the replacement of brake pads (or shoes). Whether composed of ceramic, semi-metallic, or organic materials, brake pads erode each time you depress the brake pedal. If the pads wear down too much without being replaced, the metal housing for the pads will make contact with the metal rotors (or drums), which may produce not only a safety issue but a situation where the rotors/drums are required to be replaced as a result of the prolonged contact of metal parts without the pad buffer.
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If you have concerns about your braking system it is time to call 280 Auto Service to avoid expensive repairs and maintain the safety of your vehicles.