Everybody knows that reliable brakes are a must for your car to operate safely. However, you might need to have your brakes serviced or repaired and not know it! An inspection by the brake repair experts at Edwards Automotive can help you determine what needs to be done to your vehicle continues to serve your family and keep you safe.
At Edwards Automotive, our experienced auto care and repair technicians do the job right the first time when it comes to brake repair or any of our expert services. When you make an appointment for brake service, they begin by inspecting the following braking components in your car:
Disc brake rotors and pads
Calipers and hardware
Brake drums and shoes
Brake fluid and hoses
While brake systems vary by make and model, the basic system consists of disc brakes in the front and disc 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 believe in educating our customers so they understand what repairs are needed and why. It’s one of the reasons our loyal customers highly recommend us when their friends and family need reliable brake repair and other car care services!
So we’ll start with a quick overview of how brake systems work. We can summarize all of your braking equipment down into two categories -- Hydraulics and Friction Material:
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 shoe pushes into the drum. Calipers squeeze brake pads onto the rotor to stop your car. Both components apply pressure to 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.
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. Fortunately, you usually have a pretty good bit of advance notice. In many cases, warning signs will tell you if your car's brakes may need service.
Brake system 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.
With over 25 years of experience servicing and repairing cars in our area, we can diagnose and repair brake system problems quickly and accurately!
Our certified technicians continually strive to master every aspect of automotive care, from brakes to clutch repair to radiator repair and so much more. They take their professionalism to the next level by offering courteous and knowledgeable service to all of our customers. We make sure you understand what needs to be done and what your options are, so you can make the most informed decision about your brake repairs or other car care needs.
If you notice any of the above brake warning signs, please contact our professional brake repair technicians at Edwards Automotive today to make an appointment! We’ll get your brakes taken care of, as well as any other car care services you require and get you back on the road -- safely.