Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.
Brake System Components That Can Fail
The master cylinder, the heart of the vehicle’s braking system, holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered, and the brake pads will become ruined.
The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.
The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.
Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction to stop the car, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the calipers and cylinders they are attached to grind against the rotors and drums and damage them. Some pads have a metal strip attached that sounds a warning whistle when the pad becomes too worn, but this strip sounds only when the car is in motion and the brakes are not applied.
There is probably nothing more serious when operating a vehicle than stepping on the brake pedal and having nothing happen. The probability of a total brake failure is low. Do you want to take that chance? Do you want to wait until the brake pads are grinding the rotors? You would have to buy new rotors as well as have your brake pads and shoes replaced.
Get Your Brakes Serviced
There is no magic bullet that can tell you how long to wait for a brake system inspection. It all depends on the way you drive and the conditions in which you drive. If you hear strange noises or believe your vehicle is not stopping quickly enough, it is time to get your brake system serviced.
Call Light Truck and Auto for the Best in Brake Service
There’s nothing more important than for your braking system to be in top working order. The good folks at Light Truck and Auto are passionate about your safety. Make an appointment for a thorough inspection of your vehicle brake system. If needed, service for your brake system will be provided at the same time. There are several major services which can be performed on your vehicle’s brake system. Of few of those services are:
- Install new brake pads, shoes, and brake cylinders, if required.
- Turn brake rotors and brake drums. Replacement, too, if required.
- Check the emergency brake, all brake lines, and the master cylinder to ensure all are in good, working condition.
- Flush your brake system. Top it off with new fluid.
- Provide a 12 month/12,000-mile warranty on any brake service.
Do not delay. Call Light Truck and Auto in Burkburnett or Iowa Park, Texas today at (940) 569-9344. Make that important appointment to have your brakes inspected and serviced. Your personal safety depends on it.