One thing better than a car that moves fast is a car that stops fast. Can you imagine how red lights and stop-and-go traffic would wear out the pads of your feet? Nowadays, a light press on the brake pedal can slow your vehicle to a complete stop, all thanks to the complexities of your braking system. Like other parts of your car that go to work every day, your brakes are prone to wear out over time—especially your brake pads. Learn more about your car’s brake pads so you can stay in-tune with their care and maintenance, plus head-off any brake problems before your brakes decide to “take a break!”
Some of the Brake services provided.
In addition to our most commonly performed brake services, we also provide these services needed for the best stopping power:
Brake Fluid exchange — removes air and brake fluid contaminants
Replacement and installation brake hardware, rotors, wheel bearings, calipers, brake hoses, drums and master cylinders
Resurfacing of drums and rotors
Cleaning and adjusting drum brakes and parking brakes
Repacking wheel bearings — necessary for keeping bearings lubricated
Anti-lock Braking System Diagnostics and Repair
How often should i service my brakes?
Stick to manufacturers guidelines but 5000km is what one should look out for. General wisdom also states that if you notice any glitch with your breaking system, you should contact a mechanic as soon as possible.
My break light warning on the dashboard keeeps showing?
The parking brake may be engaged. The brake fluid could also be low. Alternatively, there is a problem with the anti-lock brake systems. Your brake lights could need replacement too, check to see if they are functional.
I hear a screaming sound when i apply the breaks?
Its likely your break system is wearing and that is a warning that you need to give it immediate attention.
How do modern day brakes work?
Simply put, brake pads contact your rotors and cause friction to slow and stop your car. Brake pads are part of a very interconnected system, a system that relies on each of its parts to function safely and successfully. Here’s how your brake pads play their part:
When you press down on the brake pedal, you activate a cylinder that sends brake fluid through hoses, down to the calipers.
The calipers engage your brake pads.
Your brake pads apply pressure to the rotor, which is directly connected to each wheel.
This pressure creates the friction needed to slow or stop your vehicle. When the rotor slows, so do your wheels.
Take your foot off the brake pedal and the whole process reverses: the brake pads release, fluid moves back up the hoses, and your wheels are on the move again!
Are there brake pad problems I should watch out for?
Certain sounds and sensations can all signal potential brake pad problems. Stay alert and pay attention to:
Screaming or grinding: Any noise that could be labeled as “eardrum piercing” could mean it’s time to have your brake pads inspected. Worn pads could cause damage to other parts of the system and lead to major and often more expensive repairs.
Shaking in your steering wheel or brake pedal: When worn brake pads turn into worn out brake pads, it can lead to rotor damage from all the metal-on-metal rubbing. Shivers and shakes in the steering wheel or brake pedal are more than just unpleasant. Your brake system is trying to communicate with you!
Brake warning light: This dashboard indicator light could come on for several reasons, none of which you want to ignore. The light could be clueing you into a problem with the brake’s hydraulic system, your brake fluid level could be low, or your parking brake may be engaged. Whatever the reason for the light, your ability to safely come to a stop isn’t worth risking.