Brake Services

Our certified technicians continually strive to master every aspect of automotive care. They take their professionalism to the next level by offering courteous and knowledgeable service to all of our customers. 

 

At Edwards Automotive our experienced technicians, do the job right the first time. They inspect your car's following braking components: 

 

Disc Brakes:

  • Disc brake rotors and pads
  • Calipers and hardware 

Drum Brakes:

  • Brake drums and shoes
  • Wheel cylinders
  • Return springs

Parking Brake:

  • Cables

Hydraulic System:

  • Master cylinder
  • Brake fluid and hoses
  • Power booster

 

While brake systems vary by make and model, the basic system consists of disc brakes in the front and disk or drum brakes in the back. Your brakes link to each wheel and the master cylinder by a series of tubes and hoses that supply them with vital braking fluid (hydraulic fluid).

 

At Edwards Automotive, we can summarize all of your braking equipment down into two categories -- Hydraulics and Friction Material:

 

Hydraulics

Master Cylinder:

The master cylinder is like a pressure converter. When you press down on the brake pedal, the master cylinder converts this into hydraulic pressure, and brake fluid moves to the brakes in the wheels.

 

Brake Lines and Hoses:

Brake lines and hoses deliver pressurized brake fluid to the braking unit(s) at each wheel.

 

Wheel Cylinders and Calipers:

Wheel Cylinders surrounded by two rubber-sealed pistons connect the piston with the brake shoe. Push the brakes and the pistons stop and the shoes pushes into the drum. Calipers squeeze brake pads onto the rotor to stop your car. Both components apply pressure to friction materials.

 

Friction Materials

Disc Brake Pads and Drum Brake Shoes:

A disc brake uses fluid (released by the master cylinder) to force pressure into a caliper, where it presses against a piston. The piston then squeezes two brake pads against the rotor, forcing it to stop. Brake shoes consist of a steel shoe with friction material bonded to it.

 

How It Comes Together:

When you first step on the brake pedal, you are triggering the release of brake fluid into the system of tubes and hoses, which travel to the braking unit at each wheel. You actually push against a plunger in the master cylinder, releasing fluid. Brake fluid can't be compressed and moves through the network of tubes and hoses in the exact same motion with the pressure that initiated it.

 

When it comes to stopping a heavy steel machine at high speed, this consistency is a good thing. The performance of your brakes can be affected when air gets into the fluid; since air can compress, it creates a "sponginess" in the pedal, which disrupts consistency, and results in bad braking efficiency. "Bleeder screws" (located at each wheel cylinder) remove unwanted air in your system.

 

A car without functioning brakes is dangerous. In many cases, warning signs will tell you if your car's brakes may need service.

Warning signs include:

  • Squealing or grinding noises when using brakes. This could mean your brakes need to be adjusted or that your brake pads are worn and need replacement.
  • Your dashboard's Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) light turns on. This indicates that your brake fluid is low. You may have a leak in your brake line. Get it inspected.
  • While braking, your car pulls to one side. This means that your brakes need adjustment, there is brake fluid leakage, or your brakes are worn out and need replacement.
  • Your brakes are hard to press down or feel "spongy." Usually this means air has gotten into your brake lines or you may have low brake fluid.
  • When applying your brakes, your steering wheel, brake pedal, or entire vehicle begins to shake. If this happens, your brake rotors could be warped and need replacement.

 

If you notice any brake warning signs, please contact our professional staff At Edwards Automotive today! 

 

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114 East 5th North Street

Summerville, SC 29483

 

Phone: (843) 771-2464

Fax: (843) 771-9267

Email: edwardsd492@gmail.com

 

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