Most modern vehicles have disc brake systems. The disc is positioned between a caliper that holds two brake pads on either side. When you press on the brake pedal, the caliper closes and the pads press against the disc to slow the car down or bring it to a complete stop. With all the braking you do as a driver on an everyday basis, it's natural for the brake pads to wear down with time.
Is it Time to Replace Your Brake Pads?
The most common brake maintenance service is replacing the brake pads. Sometimes that is all that needs to be done. The pads wear out beyond effectiveness. You may hear some screeching or squeaking when you press the brake pedal, or the vehicle just feels like it's taking a little longer to come to a stop. You may just need to get your brake pads replaced, which is a fairly simple an inexpensive service at most automotive repair shops.
Other Brake Maintenance Services
Then, there are times where a more comprehensive brake service needs to be completed. This may entail having to replace or remachine the rotors and discs because they are too worn down. Other services needed may include replacing the brake hydraulic fluid or readjusting the calipers and additional mechanical hardware. All components of your brake system can wear out with time and sometimes things just get out of alignment. You will usually notice these kinds of brake problems, or your mechanic can tell you when certain services are recommended.
You should get your brakes inspected periodically. They can test the depth of your brake pads and look at important elements like the rotors/discs, calipers and brake fluid. It's best to address any brake problems early on. Otherwise, it can lead to other problems with your wheels, tires, suspension and even your transmission. Brakes that are sticking or having to work a lot harder to slow down or stop the vehicle will eventually affect other systems and parts.
What About Drum Brakes?
Some vehicles may utilize a drum brake system that uses brake shoes pressing outward on a drum to provide braking power. These drum brakes and components also require standard maintenance to keep healthy.
If you are in Northern Delaware and worried about your brakes, or you are just do for a simple brake inspection/service, call Fox Run Auto today at (302) 597-9205 or book your service appointment online. Be sure to check out our Specials page for good deals on brake services.