Brake Repair 101
Braking System Review
Brakes are essential to safe vehicle operation, so you should never take them for granted. If you aren’t completely comfortable talking about brakes, that’s okay. We’re glad to give you a quick course to get you up to speed. Your brakes work using hydraulics. This allows the tiny amount of pressure you put on the pedal to multiply to the point that it can stop your automobile. The pedal moves a level and piston. Brake fluid travels through the brake lines from the master cylinder reservoir, where it’s stored to cylinders located at the wheels. These use the fluid force to move the calipers, which are holding brake pads. The pads then rub against the rotor (disc), creating friction to stop the vehicle. This description applies to the disc brakes that are typically found on at least the front wheels of newer models. Older cars and the rear wheels of some newer transportation have drum brakes. These work similarly except that brake shoes contact the drums turning inside each wheel (as opposed to the pads and rotors). Regardless of the set-up and parts your vehicle has, AutoStream Car Care Center in Baltimore, Maryland, stands ready to assist you with all your brake repair needs.
What Your Brakes Might Need
Vehicle owners should be aware of two major needs of the braking system–service and repair. Preventive maintenance services help you head off potential untimely and larger-than-necessary repairs later. As part of your routine car care, a technician should inspect your brakes for the visual condition or obvious leaks. Also, he/she will check the fluid level in the reservoir. Eventually, your auto’s brakes will need repair. Pads are wearable items, so be sure to replace them as needed so that other components don’t sustain unnecessary damage. Check your owner’s manual to confirm when the manufacturer recommends a period brake fluid flush and replacement. If certain surfaces are marred, you may need to have the surface of the rotors/discs or drums made smooth again through resurfacing or machining. Other repair needs may include replacing brake calipers, discs/rotors/drums, lines/hoses, or even the entire system.
Know the Signs
Recognize the signs that your car’s brakes may need attention. These include odd noises (screeching, squealing, or grinding), a burning odor, pulling to one side, vibration during braking, and/or longer stopping distances. If you’re noticing these, bring your vehicle for brake repair where you see the sign saying AutoStream Car Care Center.