Does your brake pedal feel spongy or does it take forever for your car to come to a stop? Do you hear grinding or squealing when you are stopping? If you notice any symptoms of a failing brake system bring your vehicle to Rock Town Automotive for our multi-point brake inspection.
Rock Town technicians know every part of your brake system and can repair the brakes of any make or model. Including repairs to brake pedals, fluid, master cylinders, power brake boosters, drum or disk brakes and ABS braking systems.
If our inspection reveals you indeed need new brakes we will provide you a written estimate of what is required what can wait and let you decide what to do before the work begins.
For a vehicle to stop, three things are necessary: leverage, hydraulic force, and friction.
The driver's force creates leverage on the brake pedal. Levers and rods connect the pedal to the back of the power booster. The power booster uses the engine vacuum or a hydraulic pump to enhance the pressure and transfers the force to the master cylinder. The master cylinder uses the applied leverage to force a reservoir full of brake fluid through valves, steel lines, and rubber hoses into hydraulic calipers and wheel cylinders to create friction.
For example, disc brakes use a hydraulic caliper fitted with brake pads to grab the rotor. However, Drum brakes, have a hydraulic wheel cylinder that pushes a brake shoe against the inside of a spinning drum. Both designs involve highly engineered parts and precise movement. The more force a driver applies to the brake pedal, the greater the stopping force.
In addition to this primary braking system, most of the vehicles today utilize an electronic Anti-lock Brake System. Using electronic sensors and high-pressure pumps your ABS can measure the vehicle speed, wheel slip, and brake force. The systems are designed to pump the brakes for you during an emergency stop to assist you with a safe stop.
Being proactive about testing overall brake components is essential. And to know whether a brake component needs simply to be serviced or replaced.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are my brakes making noise?
When your brake squeal it is caused by the brake pads vibrating, spring clips losing tension or poor brake pad fit on the caliper. If you hear a grinding noise when you brake, you’re likely hearing the metal backing of your brake pad contacting your rotor because the brake pad material has worn away. Whether it’s a squeal or a grind, brake noise means your brake system should be inspected and serviced.