Staying on top of regular maintenance keeps your vehicle running better for longer. Glenwood Auto are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair Experts, and we're ready to help you with all your maintenance needs. In our latest auto blog, we discuss the brake system in your vehicle.
Vehicle Systems Overview - Brake System
WHAT IS IT?
Responsible for slowing your car down, your car’s brake system is one of the most critical safety systems and should be checked immediately if you suspect any problems. A properly operating brake system helps ensure safe vehicle control and operation under a wide variety of conditions.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
When you push the brake pedal, the force generates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder. This pressure flows through the hydraulic lines and hoses to the wheel cylinders and calipers, forcing the shoes against the drums (drum brakes) or the pads against the rotors (disc brakes). The resulting friction slows the vehicle and is relative to the amount of force applied at the brake pedal.
TYPICAL WEAR AND TEAR
Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they’re going to need replacement. Avoid letting your brakes get to the “metal-to-metal” point, which usually requires expensive rotor or drum replacement. Factors that affect wear include driving habits and quality of brake pads and shoes.
- Car pulls to one side during braking;
- Pulsating brake pedal or steering wheel shake;
- Brake pedal feels “mushy”;
- Unusual noise when you step on the brake pedal;
- Frequent need to add brake fluid to the master cylinder;
- Brake fluid sprayed onto outside of wheel; and/or
- Unusual odour or smoke.
Glenwood Auto is a Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Shop
Brakes are not something to take a chance on - if you suspect trouble with your brakes book an appointment today.