Brakes

There is nothing scarier than wondering if there is something going wrong with your brakes. Whether it is shaking or whining or screeching, if it is happening when you are braking it probably rightfully has you a little bit concerned.    One of the main components and likely culprits of any braking problems that you are having is your brake pads. They support the other brake parts and are designed to be changed somewhere around about every 40,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on the specific make and model of your vehicle. Your driving style, the geographical location you generally drive-in, and the amount of traffic that you usually face may all play into exactly how often your brake pads may need changing.    If your brake pads are starting to be worn out, there are some common signs that will give you an indication that this is happening. Look for these things if you are worried about your brakes: A Squeaking or Squealing Sound If you...

Of course, you need them to stop your car! I found a great diagram that illustrates the basics of how your brakes work. All the components are important, but in these times there are really just three that we need to be concerned about from a regular service perspective: the friction materials (brake pads and rotors), and the brake fluid itself. When you push on the brake pedal it applies pressure through the master cylinder to the non-compressible brake fluid. The brake fluid transfers that pressure to the brake calipers- one at each wheel. That pressure is then applied to the brake pads- your friction material- which squeezes the brake discs (rotors) supplying the friction to slow you and your car down. It is easy to understand that brake friction material is applied with pressure to steel discs creating friction that slows you down. Over time that friction material is worn away, and to a slower extent so is the steel in...

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