We haven’t met a client yet who does not like their brakes functionally properly or saving money! There are things you can do to ensure both happen with your vehicle.
Being able to slow down or stop on a machine that is more complex than a space shuttle requires complexity. To keep things simple most brake systems are comprised of sensors, brake pedal, brake pads, brake calipers, brake rotors, and brake fluid.
How Do Brakes Work
When you step on the brake pedal, your car’s brake system activates the hydraulic brakes, which are built into each wheel. When you press down on the pedal, you activate a switch that sends an electrical signal to a pump. That pump then pumps hydraulic fluid from a reservoir under the hood through hoses to the brake cylinders at each wheel.
When you press down on the brake pedal, it pushes back one side of a piston inside each cylinder. The other side of the piston pushes fluid through small openings called ports to push against a special lining inside each drum or disc.
The pressure pushing against the lining slows the drum or disc until it stops spinning and generates enough force to slow your car.
The brake sensors are often combined with ABS (anti-lock braking systems). Brake sensors use electromagnetic induction, the same principle as electric induction cooktops. The car puts out a magnetic field, and when it passes through iron or steel, it induces a current in that metal. This produces a second magnetic field that can be detected by the brake sensor.
Signs Your Brakes Need Inspection
If you are experiencing any of the below it is time to bring your vehicle in for a brake inspection:
- ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) malfunction, ABS light illuminated on dashboard
- Hard or spongy pedal feel, mushy pedal feel
- During braking, the car pulls to one side or wanders from side to side
- Grinding sound when pedal applied
- Brakes are pulsating
None of these are considered normal operation and not addressing them early can lead to additional expense.
Brake Inspections & Preventative Maintenance
In order to get the best performance out of your brake system, it is important to check them regularly. Brake fluid levels should be checked regularly to make sure that there is enough brake fluid in your system. Your brake fluid should be a clear red or pink color and should be kept at 1/2″ below the “Full” mark on the reservoir.
It is also important to make sure that there are no leaks in your system and replace any worn out parts as soon as possible. In addition, you should also check for any other signs of wear such as chipped or cracked pads or disks, grinding noises or vibrations while braking.
When Should Brakes Be Serviced?
When should you have your brakes checked, and when should you replace them?
You should have your brakes checked if they feel different from the way they usually do. If they don’t feel different, then there is no need to check them until the pads are almost worn down to the metal — at which point there will be no time to lose.
This is because when metal begins to grind against metal, it makes a noise like sandpaper against wood: a grinding squeal or screech. You can’t tell how much brake pad is left by listening; this noise happens only when most of the pad has worn away.
But how can you know when your brakes don’t feel different? That’s not always easy but if you can always contact us to schedule a brake inspection if you feel something is not right.
Brakes Near Me
We are conveniently located at 2117 King St. E and have been providing brake services since the 30’s!