Have you had your brakes inspected lately? A regular brake check should be on every car’s maintenance list. If you need brake repair and disc brake maintenance, bring your vehicle to our certified technicians at Sundance Automotive in Lakewood. We can inspect, diagnose and repair brake related problems for any car, truck or SUV – foreign or domestic.
The reason for brake repair and disc brake maintenance is obvious, your car needs to be able to stop, especially in case of emergency. But, how much do you know about this crucial system? Here we’ll give you a quick look at its inner workings and parts so that you can better understand your vehicle.
How Disc Brakes Work
The wheel hub keeps your wheel on the vehicle. Inside the hub, the brake disc (also called the rotor) turns with the wheel as you drive. Straddling the disc is the caliper which houses pistons that apply the necessary pressure to the brake pads. So when you step on the brake pedal, these pistons cause the pads to clamp down onto the disc and slow down the wheel. When the brakes are released, the pistons retract, removing the pads from the caliper.
Of course, there’s a lot more to a car’s brake system than this, as well as another vehicle braking system known as drum brakes. For a complete dissertation on brake repair and disc brake maintenance, come chat with a tech at Sundance Automotive in Lakewood, and they’ll talk your ear off.
How Brakes Wear Out
Your vehicle’s brake pads start to wear the moment you use the brakes. So, eventually, the pads will need to be replaced. Newer vehicles typically have sensors that will trigger a dash warning light when it’s time to swap out your brake pads.
If you don’t replace your pads, the metal parts of the brake will grind against the brake disk/rotor and carve grooves in the surface. While we may be able to smooth it out on a lathe, deep grooves and a warped or cracked rotor will need to be replaced. Like many auto repairs, the longer you wait, the more damage you create and the more expensive it will be for brake repair and disc brake maintenance.
Signs You Need Brake Repair
There are several signs that point to a problem with your brakes. It’s best to pay attention and bring your car in for us to take a look. Here are warning signs that you may need to bring your vehicle to Sundance Automotive for brake repair:
- You hear a grinding or squealing when you brake
- The brake pedal feels spongy or slow to respond
- It takes longer to stop
- The dashboard brake light is orange, showing that a problem with your anti-lock brakes (ABS)
- The dashboard brake light is red, meaning there is a system imbalance
If you haven’t had your brakes checked recently, bring your car to our experts at Sundance Automotive in Lakewood for brake repair and disc brake maintenance. Remember that it’s better for your vehicle to get brake pads replaced on time, not only for your safety but to spare you from damage and expensive repairs down the road. Call or contact us today for an appointment.