In order to stay safe on the road, you need a fully functioning and reliable braking system in your car. Your brakes are integral to the safety of yourself, your passengers, and to the safety of the other drivers on the road. A car’s brake system requires highly engineered parts alongside precise movement that ensures your vehicle stops in time. They convert kinetic energy into thermal energy. Whenever you press onto your brake pedal, the car’s master cylinder pressurizes a system of hydraulic brake lines that lead to each of your vehicle’s wheels. This is where the brake pads or shoes press down onto a disc or drum, creating the friction needed to slow the vehicle down until it comes to a complete stop. After you drive for a while, the combination of friction and heat can create wear on the brake pads, shoes, calipers, rotors, and other important components. Even though these components can vary from vehicle to vehicle, the warning signs are all the same when something is wrong.
The Importance of Brake Repair
When your brakes go bad or experience major wear and tear, they begin to show warning signs that indicate you need maintenance or repair. If your brakes make a squealing noise or they grind when you use them, the brake pads could be worn down and need to be replaced. If your car starts to pull to one side when you brake, this could also point to worn-down brakes, a malfunctioning caliper, or just low fluid inside the brake lines. If it feels like your brake pedal is pushing down too easily or is feeling “spongy,” this could be an indication that there’s too much air inside the brake lines. In some cases, your vehicle’s electronic diagnostics system will alert you to potential brake issues. These are the most common signs, so it’s important that you’re aware of them so you can take your vehicle in for closer inspection.
The staff at Lenfer Automotive in Wyoming, Minnesota is highly trained in diagnosing, maintaining, and repairing both rear and front brake systems. Formerly Beeline Alignment, we’re also experienced and knowledgeable in all brake system components such as brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, parking brakes, and hydraulic systems. If you’ve noticed any of the braking symptoms mentioned like squealing or grinding, call us as soon as possible to schedule your appointment so you can stay safe whenever and wherever you may be driving.