Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.
Brake System Components That Can Fail
The master cylinder, the heart of the vehicle’s braking system, holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered, and the brake pads will become ruined.
The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.
The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.
Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction to stop the car, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the calipers and cylinders they are attached to grind against the rotors and drums and damage them. Some pads have a metal strip attached that sounds a warning whistle when the pad becomes too worn, but this strip sounds only when the car is in motion and the brakes are not applied.
Wrench-On Wheels, Knowing When To Have Your Brakes Checked
Many vehicle owners do not think too much about their brakes. That is, until they are not working correctly, then their vehicle’s braking system becomes a major safety concern. At Wrench-On Wheels, we believe that regular brake maintenance is an important part of overall mechanical health. This is why it is extremely important to have your brakes looked at as soon as you begin to experience problems. Knowing when to have your brakes checked is a critical part of responsible vehicle ownership.
Signs That Your Brakes May Need To Be Fixed
Driving with a malfunctioning braking system can be extremely dangerous. You should have your brakes inspected by the brake specialists at Wrench-On Wheels. If you suspect that there may be something wrong with your brakes, we will run a diagnostic test to figure out exactly what the trouble is.
If you aren’t sure how to tell if there is a problem with your brakes here are some things to look for:
- Your brake warning sign turns on when you start your vehicle or while you are driving
- Your brake fluid is running low and look dirty when you check it
- You can hear grinding and squealing while stopping
- You notice resistance or pulsing in the brake pedal
- If you feel as if your vehicle pulls to one side when you brake
Do You Suspect That There Is A Problem With Your Brakes? Make an Appointment With Wrench-On Wheels in Poway Today!
Listed above are the telltale symptoms of a bad-braking system. If you have noticed any of these things occurring when you drive your vehicle it may be time to make an appointment with Wrench-On Wheels. Having your brakes looked at before there is a real problem is the key to safety. Keep in mind that even minor braking issues can cause major issues in the future.
Left unattended, brake problems that could have been easily repaired may become worse. It is recommended that if you suspect that there is a problem with your brakes, that you come in and see us immediately. A professional mechanic is the only one who can determine whether or not it is safe to continue to drive your vehicle. Wrench-On Wheels provides a full range of services including diagnostics that will help keep your vehicle’s brakes in prime condition. Bringing your vehicle in early for a check-up or booking an appointment as soon as you notice a change in your braking can save you money! As much as we love your business we hate to be the bearer of bad news telling you that your brakes are shot! Instead, come in early, let us have a look- it could be something as simple as needing to replace the brake fluid.