Your vehicle's braking system is the most important safety mechanism and it should be checked regularly and immediately if you suspect any problems. A properly serviced braking system ensures your safety and allows proper control of the vehicle under various conditions.
When you apply your brakes by depressing the pedal, it causes the hydraulic fluid to create pressure in the master cylinder. This resulting pressure travels down the brake lines to the calipers at the wheels, which in turn forces the brake pads against the rotors, and brake shoes against the drums. This causes friction, which in turn slows down the vehicle.
Brakes pads and shoes are a normal wear and tear item and will need to be serviced sooner or later. Avoid letting your brakes pads wear down to the point where it is metal on metal. At that point you may be in need of new rotors from the damage it causes, and it may even ruin your calipers if not serviced soon enough.
Rotors on your vehicle are just as important as the brake pads, it is the friction between the rotors and pads that stops the car. Overtime your rotors will need to be replaced or resurfaced depending on the thickness of the remaining rotor. It is a wear and tear item, however, it does not typically need to be changed every time pads are changed. Your car may shake and shudder when brakes are applied if your rotors are in need of changing.
Brake calipers are not your typical wear and tear item and may last for the life of the car if taken care of properly. Calipers should be cleaned and greased at every pad change to keep them in good working condition. If not properly serviced calipers can get stuck and eat up your perfectly fine pads and rotors in no time.
Brake lines carry pressurized brake fluid to the calipers and often don't need replacement for the life of the car. However, sometimes they can rust from the road salt or become damaged by road debris. A crack or leak in your brake line can pose a great danger to you and your passengers as the car may not stop at all or take too long to do so. Your mechanic should visually inspect your brake line for any damage or rust at every brake pad or shoe change.
Brake fluid can also become less effective overtime as it brakes down from absorbing water and contaminants through air. Your brake fluid should be flushed at intervals specified by your vehicle manufacturer. If not flushed, the corrosive fluid can eventually end up causing damage to your entire braking system.
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At Carfinity / CarZone USA we can take care of your entire braking system from the pedals to the pads. We resurface rotors, provide brake system flush service, brake pad and rotor replacement, caliper repair and replacement and many more brake system services. It doesn't matter if you just need a simple brake adjustment, pad replacement or your master cylinder and lines need worked on, we have the equipment and the expertise to do the job right!
Properly maintained brakes are essential for you and your family's safety.
Vehicles with properly serviced brakes stop much faster.
If you are hearing squealing noises when brakes are applied
If your car shakes and shudders when you brake
If it is taking longer than usual to stop the vehicle
If the brake pedal is feeling softer than normal
If the brake's pedal pulsates when you push the brakes
If the car pulls to one side while applying the brakes
If you keep needing to top off the brake fluid
At the first sign of any brake abnormality or problem