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● Replacing Brake Pads
● Resurfacing Rotors
● Replacing Calipers
● Brake Hose Replacement/Repair
● Brake System Flushing
● Wheel Bearing Replacement
Arguably the most vital function of a motor vehicle is the brake system. It is responsible for stopping, slowing, maneuvering and gauging speed more precisely. Safety while operating motor vehicles heavily depend on using brakes. Many accidents happen because of faulty or worn brakes that cause poor performance in emergency use of them. Accidents and fatalities can be greatly reduced when the vehicles involved in certain situations have clean working brakes. When it comes to servicing brakes, there are many factors involved as far as knowing what needs to be done. How often you service the brake system of your vehicle and the cost of these services can vary greatly. The make and model are usually the main factors in determining both.
Here is a little more information about the brake systems and how they work. How does a Brake System work? The brake system is composed of several parts that move together to control the speed of your vehicle by slowing or stopping it. The brake booster, also known as a vacuum booster is activated when you step on the brake pedal. When you step on the pedal, the brake booster takes the force applied and multiplies it. Without the brake booster, we wouldn't be able to produce enough force to make the brakes work. The force from braking motion and booster is then transitioned into the master cylinder which is a reservoir where brake fluid is stored.
The brakes on the rotors actuated by the master cylinder which uses brake fluid filled brake lines to do so. When you step on the pedal, the master cylinder applies pressure evenly to both the rear and front brakes. The reason for having two systems that work together is so that if one were to fail, the vehicle still can stop. When stepping on the brake pedal, the hydraulic action of the fluid in the brake lines is being controlled by the brake. That means each brake is actuated by the brake fluid when you press on the brake. Are there different types of Brake Systems? Yes, primarily there are two different styles of brake systems for vehicles.
● Drum Brakes
The components of drum brakes include a brake drum that is attached to the wheel, brake shoes, a brake wheel cylinder, and brake return springs. The brake shoes are pressed against the brake drum by the wheel cylinder when pressure is setting hydraulically from the master cylinder. This causes friction between the drum and the shoes which allow your car to slow or come to a stop.
● Disc Brakes
Disc brakes are composed of disc brake rotors, disc brake pads, and the caliper. The disc brake rotor is attached to the wheel and the caliper is used to hold the disc brake pads. the disc brake rotor clamps the disc brake pads when hydraulic pressure is applied from the master cylinder. Friction is created between the rotor and the pads which is what causes your car to stop or slow down.
● Anti-Lock Brakes
The future of driving experiences is coming to life in a newer style of the braking system called the anti-lock braking system. When suddenly stopping wheel lock-up may occur which may cause the vehicle to continue in sliding, the ABS prevents this by using sensors that monitor the rotation of the wheel using hydraulic sensors that are computer-controlled which pulse the brakes rapidly on and off to bring the car to a stop more accurately .
● Parking Brake
Originally called the emergency brake, the parking brake was intended to stop the vehicle should the main brake system have a failure. However, because the parking brake is only connected to the rear brakes there is not enough Force applied to help stop A vehicle that is moving at a high speed. The average parking brake has fewer components than the main brake system. They include variations of the following: Typically the parking brake system is composed of a parking brake lever that is used to activate and deactivate the break usually found within the arms reach in the cabin and A parking brake equalizer which is composed of Steel cables that connect to the main brakes usually in the rear of the vehicle. Now before you call a mobile mechanic near me in Fort Worth. Ask yourself this question.
How do I know when to Service my Brakes?
● Braking feels less responsive
A sign that there is a leak in the braking system is when you feel a less responsive press when stepping on the pedal, or if you feel that the pedal sinks when you step on it. This could also mean that there is a brake fluid leak or an air leak in the brake hose. Also, seeing small puddles of fluid when your vehicle is parked can be a sign that your brake hose is leaking.
● Pulling when braking
When braking, if the vehicle tends to pull to one side or the other this could be a sign that there is either foreign matter mixed into the braking fluid or the brake linings are beginning to wear unevenly. To resolve this, a technician would determine whether or not the brake fluid would need to be replaced brakes may need to be adjusted and or replaced.
● Grinding sounds when braking
Usually hearing sounds while braking means that you waited too long to replace the brakes and they may be worn down completely. The screeching and grinding sound is caused by the caliper and the disc rubbing together. When this happens your rotors begin to scratch and score which creates an uneven surface. If this is occurring then this may mean that your rotors may have to be resurfaced “turned” or replaced completely.
● Vibrations while braking
When braking pulsating on vibration could mean that the vehicle is out of alignment or could also mean that your rotors are warped.
Take it from the mobile automotive mechanics at Auto Point if your anti-lock brakes are not engaged and vibration occurs while braking, this could be a sign of warped rotors. Braking on steep slopes and when towing vehicles over long periods can cause rotors to warp faster. While braking on inclines or while towing more friction is caused than usual which tends to cause rotors to heat and warp. The cause of the vibration is the brake pads not being able to clasp evenly on the surface. When towing or driving on steep terrain, be sure to stop and allow the brakes to cool down periodically. Many drivers tend to overlook the maintenance of their brake systems. However, making sure that your brakes are working properly and in good condition can help to prevent unexpected repairs and more importantly help to reduce the chance of collision and accidents.
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