Brakes are one of the most important vehicle safety features. The ability to accelerate and navigate in an automobile is dependent on the ability to stop, which happens with the use of braking systems. Over the years, automobile braking systems have advanced and are now much reliable than ever before.
Most cars employ two or three various kinds of braking systems. Front wheels often times use disc brakes, which is a shiny metal disc inside the hubcap. The vehicle’s driver pressing down on the brake pedal causes a pad to claim onto the disc, rubbing it so that it slows. This is similar to brakes on a bicycle. If a vehicle doesn’t have drum brakes on all four wheels, the back will likely have drum brakes. These types of braking systems use shoes that press outwards into the wheel, causing friction and slowing of the vehicle. Finally, the emergency or hand brake is a feature of most vehicles that applies the rear brakes upon applying a manual lever.
Anti-lock braking systems are featured in most vehicles on roadways today. ABS employs speed sensors on the vehicle’s wheels, which recognizes when a wheel is locking up while braking. In the event of a wheel lock up, hydraulic valves reduce the braking so that skidding is reduced. This safety feature causes improved control over a vehicle’s steering.
So how do you know when it’s time for your vehicle’s brakes to be serviced or replaced? The following may be signs that your car is in need of brake servicing:
- Less than ¼ inch of pad between the metal rotors and brake pads on your vehicle. This can be viewed by looking through the spokes of the wheels.
- Screeching whistling, or grinding noises while applying your brakes.
- Pedal sinking or fading towards the floor.
- Reduced sensitivity from your brakes.
- Vehicle pulling to one side or the other when brakes are activated.
- Vibrations or pulses from the brake pedal.
Being proactive with brake repairs by getting them done before brake failure or trouble occurs is crucial for maintaining safe driving, and Forester’s Tire & Auto Repair
can help. We replace brake pads and shoes, brake lines and fluid. We even have a turning lathe on-site to apply a fresh, smooth finish on your rotors before you hit the road. From minor fixes to major repairs, Forester’s
mechanics will make sure your vehicle stops quickly and efficiently to get you where you need to be, safely.