Getting to know your brake system
At Erskine's Service Center, we service and repair vehicle brakes differently as we leverage emerging technology, continuously expand our knowledge and skill set, and work to prevent brake issues before they have a chance to cause you any trouble.
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What is a braking system?
A braking system is made up of mechanical devices that allow your vehicle to slow and stop – whenever you signal for the car to do so by placing your foot on the brake pedal.
Modern vehicles feature brakes on all four wheels – increasing safety for drivers and all others on the road. However, it is the front brakes that play the most important role in stopping a vehicle.
What are the signs that a braking system needs servicing?
- Brake pedal feels “soft”
- Scraping, screeching, or grinding noises
- Brake fluid indicates high copper content or need for replacement
- The brake fluid in the master cylinder is low
- Brake warning comes on
- Vehicle veers left or right when brakes are applied
How does an automotive braking system work?
When a brake pedal is depressed, a push-rod moves a piston in the master cylinder, forcing the brake fluid through the pipes to wheel cylinders, which push pistons to stop each wheel.
Each output piston pushes against the surface of the rotor or wall of the brake drum, thus slowing down the rotation of the wheel.
When pressure on the pedal is removed, the pads and shoes return to their resting positions. This action forces the brake fluid back through the flexible hose and tubing to the master cylinder.
Why are brakes important?
A safety feature with response time to prevent accidents, brakes are critical for keeping you and others safe while on the road.
It is very important that you have your brakes serviced if something ever feels or sounds abnormal when breaking. To be extra careful, we suggest having your brakes inspected regularly to prevent any risk of brake failure.
What does it mean if my brakes are “screaming” when the brake pedal is applied?
“When you step on the brakes and you don't hear squealing, but instead a more vigorous and loathsome noise, one that puts your teeth on edge and gets the attention of everyone nearby, it means that the brake wear indicator warning has been superseded by metal on metal contact. The brake pads are worn down and the metal backing plate is now rubbing up against the brake rotor.” – NAPA AUTOPRO
For brake servicing, contact us today. For more information, read NAPA AUTOPRO's article: Brake Noise: Tell-tale Signs of Trouble.