When you’re driving in your car, and push down on the brake pedal, we unconsciously know it’s going to work. But how does it work? And more importantly, what do you watch for to make sure they keep working for you? Those are questions a brake specialist deals with every day.
Your car’s brake system is a complex system of parts and components that spreads all along your car. The easiest way to avoid brake failure is to maintain your car, and to listen to your car’s system regularly. Your brakes squeak, click and grind – its just a matter of listening and discovering when the noise changes. And using a brake specialist to keep you on a regular maintenance schedule.
In your car, the brake pedal is connected to the pistons, and the pistons are connected to the brakes. Your car will have two sets of brakes: disc front brakes and drum rear brakes. In both sets, friction is used to control and stop the car when you require them. Several things can interfere with the friction, leading to failure:
- An oil leak can eliminate the friction within the braking system
- If brakes routinely overheat, they can create hard spots in the brake rotors or drums. These hot spots resist friction, reducing the grasping mechanism within the brake system.
- A squeaking noise can indicate thin or wearing brake pads. Replacing brake pads early can prevent future maintenance. If pads wear down past the pads to the rotors, it can cause further damage, and cost even more to replace.
Take notice of your cars messages. Your antilock brake system (ABS) light will come on at the first sign of damage. You may also start hearing squeaking or grinding noises when you apply the brakes. Or you begin to feel a pulse in your brake pedal, or a pull or grab to one side or the other during the braking process.
Instead of waiting or ignoring the problem, check in with your brake specialist today.
Are you tired of visiting the auto dealers and chain stores for your automotive needs, where you are nothing more than a number? Looking for that honest and friendly customer service you can usually only find in a small town? Look no further – that’s why we created Express Car Care Denver. Some of our services include no wait Oil Change - Brakes Service - Clutches - Tune-Ups but we provide additional services for your car, just stop by and let us take a look.
Call us with any questions - (303) 691-2760
Express Car Care is family owned and operated, and you will always see the same faces when you visit. While I own Express Car Care, I work here as well. You’ll always see me somewhere in the building, and I’m always around to answer your questions, or just to say hi.