Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.
With safety in mind, you can easily see that your Brakes are the most important system in your vehicle. Understanding a little more about the way your brakes work is an important step to take in making sure that you, and your family stays safe. Although there are several kinds of brakes, they can generally be split into 3 categories, Disc, Drum and Anti-lock brakes. Although they use different technologies to operate specifically, they all use the same principles to bring your car to a complete stop. The most basic way to understand the way your brakes work is to know that the system operates on friction. Pressure from your foot is transferred down a line of hydraulic fluids to amplify the force of your foot and apply pressure to the pads of the brake and stop your wheels from spinning. As we all know, Friction equals heat, and heat causes wear.
The best way to ensure that your brakes do not wear past the point of usefulness is to pay close attention to a few things.
Brake Pressure. If you notice your brake pedal falling too low when you apply pressure or is requiring excessive force to push down you may have an issue with contaminated brake fluid. Although the brake fluid operates in a vacuum sealed environment it is still possible for air or rust to get into the system and cause problems. Usually this kind of issue is easily fixed by bleeding the brake lines, replacing the fluid or calibrating the vacuum level in the brake booster.
Noisy Brakes. If your brakes are making any kind of noise, you can assume that something is wrong. Whether it is a sharp whine, low groan or strange “clunk” sound, you should bring your vehicle to Bill's Standard right away. Any kind of noise is sign that your brakes are wearing down past the point of safety or have already done so.
Brakes Pulling or Grabbing. When you release the brake pedal, your breaks should immediately respond by letting go and allowing the wheels to spin freely. If your brakes continue to hold after you release the pedal it is most likely caused by failing brake pads or a damaged brake disc.
There are generally only 3 types of brakes, Disc, Drum and Anti-lock brakes. No matter which type you have, Bill’s Standard is qualified to repair or replace your brakes. Let our expertise ensure that your vehicle will come to a smooth and complete stop every time, no matter the situation.