How do brakes work?
The safety of you and everyone in your vehicle depends on your brakes working well. If you know how your brakes operate, you can better recognize any signs of trouble and get brake service when you need it – before you get into an accident.
A vehicle’s braking system is made up of many parts that all work together. By stepping on the brake pedal, you are making the master cylinder release brake fluid, which pressurizes brake lines that move your vehicle’s brake pads. The pads press down on spinning rotors or drums, which causes your vehicle to slow down or stop. Some systems are more complex and use sensors to activate the brakes.
Over time, the parts that compose your auto’s braking system wear out and must be replaced. Because brake pads erode each time you step on the brake pedal, they are the most frequently replaced component. Letting them wear down too far creates the opportunity for the pads’ metal housing to rub against the metal drums, which can cause serious mechanical and safety problems.
The good news is, it’s usually easy to tell when your vehicle’s braking system needs maintenance. Keep an eye out for your car’s brake warning light and listen for a squealing or grinding sound when you step on the brake pedal. You may also notice low or dirty-looking brake fluid. Other warning signs are when you step on the brakes and it feels “spongy” or pulsates, or your auto pulls to one or the other side when you’re braking. If you experience these or any other signs of braking problems, don’t wait to come in to Kwik Kar for service. In most cases, the problem will only get worse with time.
At Kwik Kar Flower Mound, our technicians are trained to service the complex braking systems found in many vehicles, and can perform a complete inspection to ensure proper functionality, diagnose problems, and provide an accurate estimate for repairing your brakes. Whether you simply need new brake pads or it’s time to service your rotors, replace your brake cylinders, or take care of problems with your anti-lock braking system, we offer complete brake repair service for every part of your auto’s braking system.
Many vehicle manufacturers have a recommended schedule of brake maintenance, including flushing the brake system to remove moisture and air from the lines, and replacing brake fluid. Kwik Kar’s skilled technicians are happy to perform your auto’s regular brake system maintenance, keeping your vehicle safe and roadworthy.