BRAKE & ANTILOCK BRAKING SYSTEM MAINTENANCE & REPAIR
Vehicle brake systems are integral to your safety and the safety of others. The condition of both the brake fluid and mechanical components are very important to the brake effectiveness. Mechanical parts are pads, rotors, calipers, drums, master cylinder or wheel cylinders and assorted hardware that hold parts in position. Wear and condition of these parts is interconnected so the longer a particular brake service is delayed the more wear and damage occurs.
Brake Inspections – We remove all four wheels to measure and inspect condition of all related components and check the level and condition of your brake fluid.
Brake Systems / Components / Conditions:
Brake Fluid – Brake fluid flushes are very important. ¬¬Contaminants and moisture build up in the fluid over time leading to inconsistent or lower brake effectiveness. Those contaminants come in contact with brake components and cause premature deterioration of related parts and higher than normal maintenance costs.
Brake Pad Material and Wear-Indicators – Brake pads press against rotors to create the friction that slows/stops your vehicle. Brakes pads are embedded with a small metal piece that causes a light, regular “chirping” sound when brakes are applied. This is your indication that brake pads should be replaced. Often once squealing or grinding sounds are heard when brakes are applied, damage is being caused to other parts.
Rotors – Warped rotors cause a gentle pulsing sensation in the brake pedal. This condition might be described as “brake run-out”. Warped rotors cause intermittent connection between the pads and rotors. At highway speeds rotor warping seriously impairs brake function and can cause dangerous vibration of wheels and steering components. Depending on remaining thickness of the rotor, rotor material can often be machined down to be perfectly flat and reclaim proper contact with brake pads.
Brake Calipers – Brake calipers fit over the rotors like a clamp to squeeze brake pads against rotors and create the friction that stops your vehicle.
Brake Shoes and Drums – In vehicles that are equipped with drums and shoes, they operate similar to the function of pads and rotors, Brake shoes are stationary inside the drums that spin along with the rear wheels. When brakes are applied the shoes press against the drums to slow/stop the rear wheels. Most modern vehicles are equipped with pads and rotors in the rear.
Brake Master Cylinder – The master cylinder pressurizes the brake fluid system to enable pads and shoes to apply pressure.
Brake Lines or Hoses – These lines transport brake fluid between the master cylinder and the rest of the system. If lines leaks or fail it lowers system pressure affecting brake effectiveness.
Emergency Brakes – This is a mechanical system that activates rear brake components only and should be used when parking on any slope.
“ABS” System – Anti-lock brake systems are computer module controlled and designed to assist safe braking in slippery conditions or panic situations. It’s important to note that if your ABS warning light is displayed on your dash, the ABS system will not activate however; all other brake systems should operate normally.