Brake Pads and Brake Service
Feel confident in your vehicle's stopping power with regular brake checks.
- Feel confident in your vehicle's stopping power with regular brake checks.
One of the most important systems in any vehicle, the brakesare responsible for allowing you to drive - and stop! - safelyand efficiently. If the brakes aren’t working at their optimum level, you’renot traveling as safely as you could be. Brake issues need immediate attentionand can mean the difference between a happy roadtripand a fatal car accident.
Brake System Overview
You know that when you push on the brake pedal, your cargradually slows, eventually to a complete stop. But there are lots of movingparts working together inside your car to make this happen. Since your footcan’t physically stop a moving vehicle, your car must multiply the force ofyour foot utilizing brake fluid and a hydraulic system, paired with friction onyour car’s brakes and clutches.
When you press down on the brake pedal, brake fluid travelsthrough lines from a master cylinder to other pistons evenly. This evenpressure is how the force of your foot is amplified to create a more impactfuldeceleration of your car. Depending on the type of brakes in your car, thepiston system will then apply brake pads to disks, causing friction to slow thecar to a stop.
Most cars today utilize an anti-locking braking system, orABS. These complex systems use electronic sensors and high-pressure pumps thatcan measure your vehicle’s speed and other important forces. If needed, the ABScan actually pump the brakes for you in the event of an emergency stop.
Regular Brake Checks
Any time you suspect issues with your brakes, you shouldhave them inspected. Common brake issues include:
- Squeaking, squealing, or grinding
- Any dashboard lights illuminate
- Jerking or pulling to one side or the other
- Brake pedal feels soft or “squishy”
- Brake pedal feels hard or won’t push down
- Leaking brake fluid
If any of these symptoms are present, you should have aqualified mechanic take a look. A high-quality service provider can explain theproblem and recommend any repair if necessary.
It’s important to get your brakes checked at least once ayear. Daily wear and tear on the parts of your braking system can cause anissue that may have not yet produced a noticeable symptom.