Your Car’s Brake System: Keeping Your Car Safe in Delray Beach
Safety is the number one consideration when driving our car, van, or truck. When parts and components fail, they need to be removed and replaced. That’s why it’s important to have your auto repair shop perform routine maintenance checks. If you work or live near or around Delray Beach, on one of those scheduled check-ups, you may be informed that your vehicle needs brake service. Repairing the brakes isn’t something you can neglect or delay.
Here is what you should know about your vehicle’s braking system, and what to pay attention to.
1. Brake Pads
The braking system in a vehicle is the most important safety system. In most vehicles, the braking system comprises of the brake pads, the brake rotor containing a piston, and the brake caliper mounted to the hub.
When the brake pedal is pressed, hydraulic fluid in the system causes the brake caliper to press the brake pad against the brake rotor. The rubbing of the brake pad against the brake rotor generates friction, which slows or stops the wheel.
Changing the brake pads on your vehicle is one of the most common services that we perform at AutoWorks. Over time, and with repeated friction, the brake pads get worn away; and at this point, you may even begin to hear a squealing sound (or even a grinding sound). Then you know it is time to remove the old pads and replace them with new pads.
If you pay attention to that squealing sound as soon as you hear it and have the brakes serviced, you may avoid a more costly repair down the road – such as having to replace the rotors and the calipers, in addition to the pads.
2. Brake Rotors
The brake rotors (also known as brake discs) are a very important braking component in stopping the vehicle. The brake pads clamp down on the rotors to stop the wheels from spinning. Over time and with general use, rotors wear out or become warped. If you are changing the brake pads, it is generally a good idea to have the rotors resurfaced so that they are cleaned and the scrapes and scores are removed. Our technicians will tell you whether the rotors can be resurfaced or, if they are too worn or warped, whether they need to be replaced.
3. Brake Calipers
The brake caliper is a hydraulic device that suspends the brake pads around the spinning rotor. When the brake pedal is pressed, pressure is exerted through the brake lines to the caliper. A piston inside the caliper presses the brake pads against the rotor, slowing down the vehicle. Brake calipers can wear out and may need to be replaced.
Here are some signs that your vehicle’s calipers have gone bad: If your car is pulling to one side, if you hear squealing or grinding noises, if the brake pads are wearing unevenly, of if the brake system is leaking brake fluid.
The professional and certified technicians at AutoWorks can inspect the braking system of your vehicle and tell you exactly what is needed to make sure that everything is working fine.
At AutoWorks, located close to downtown Delray Beach, Florida, we can help you have a well-functioning and safe vehicle. With AutoWorks Delray, you can rest easy knowing that you’re getting high-quality service, with professional and experienced technicians.
When it comes to your primary source of transportation, don’t leave the maintenance to just anyone. Call our friendly and responsive team today at (561) 272-7451 for brake service in Delray Beach that you can reply on.