Accelerate Auto Repair
While the engine is an important part of your vehicle, the brakes are even more important. You’re not going to stop if you don’t have brakes. If the front or rear brakes are the only set working, your stopping distance increases significantly, which could cause you to have a wreck. The ASE Certified auto technicians at Accelerated Auto Repair will check the entire brake system on any model and age vehicle, and then can make the necessary repairs to get you safely back on the road.
Brake System Components
Your vehicle’s brake system is made up of several components:
- Front brakes, which are usually disc brakes on most vehicles made after the 1970s
- Rear brakes, which are usually disc brakes on most vehicles made after the mid-1980s
- Drum brakes on older vehicles
- The master cylinder
- Brake lines
- The emergency brake
- Calipers on vehicles with disc brakes
- Wheel cylinders on vehicles with drum brakes
- Brake pads on vehicles with disc brakes
- Brake shoes on vehicles with drum brakes
The most common brake repair is replacing the pads or shoes. The next most common brake repair is machining or replacing the rotors or drums.
You can save money on brake repairs by catching worn pads before they become metal rubbing on metal with the rotors. When you hear the brakes squeaking, that means the tab on the pads is touching the rotor. Manufacturers designed this “squealer” to let you know that it’s time to replace the pads. However, that metal tab on the pads is cutting grooves into the rotor.
The longer you drive with that annoying sound, the more it digs into the rotor. After a certain point, the rotors cannot be resurfaced – they’ll need to be replaced. If they are ground too thin, they won’t have the mass needed for heat dissipation and they will warp, causing a vibration when stopping. If they become too thin it could cause further damage by over-extending the calipers.
- Replacement of leaking or seized calipers
- Replacement or rebuild of a malfunctioning master cylinder
- Replacement of worn rubber brake hoses
- Repair/replacement of rusted or damaged brake lines
- Replacement or resurfacing of warped rotors
Every time you bring your vehicle in for an oil change, the auto technicians at Accelerate Auto Repair will check the brakes while the vehicle is up on the lift.
We’ll let you know if you should replace your brakes sooner rather than later. Replacing the pads before the squeaker hits the rotors and scores them can save you money since you most likely won’t have to replace the rotors.
Keep in mind that you have a pad that rubs against the rotor each time you put your foot on the brake, so even if you replace the pads before the squeaker hits the rotors, eventually, the rotors will be so worn that you’ll have to replace them.
Signs of Upcoming Brake Repair and Service
If you notice that you have to pull the emergency brake handle up pretty far before it becomes tight, that is a good indication that you need to replace the rear pads. Additionally, if you press the brake pedal and it seems to go closer to the floor, your vehicle’s brakes need to be replaced.
Contact Accelerate Auto Repair at 469-501-5115 to schedule an appointment to check or service your brakes if you believe they are low or if you hear them squeaking.