Why is Brake Repair and Service important? Being able to stop your car quickly and safely is essential. Safe driving begins with keeping your brakes in good working order, so you need a brake shop you can literally trust with your life.
Your brakes work by using hydraulic force and friction to turn kinetic energy (motion) into heat in order to stop your car. When you press on the brake pedal, your brake booster multiplies the amount of force used. That force is transferred to the master cylinder, and used to push a piston inside it forwards. That piston applies pressure to your brake fluid, which then travels down your brake lines. The pressure moves pistons located inside your brake calipers. This second set of pistons push your brake pads against your brake rotors. The friction material of the brake pads dragging against the rotors slows your car by converting it’s kinetic energy into heat. A lot of that heat is absorbed and dissipated by the brake rotors, but some of it finds its way back into the brake calipers and fluid.
Most of your car’s stopping power is in the front brakes. This is because when you apply the brakes the car’s weight transfers forward. As a result, if equal pressure was applied to all 4 corners at all times, the rear brakes would lock up during an average stop. The proportioning valve meters the amount of pressure sent to the rear brakes to keep that from happening.
Also, since there is generally more force applied to the front brakes, they tend to wear faster than the rear brakes. So keep an eye on those first if you suspect you need brakes.
Is It Time For a Brake Repair?
We advise that our customers pay close attention to the sound and feel of their brakes. If you hear chirping, squeaking, or any other abnormal noises, it’s a good idea to get your brakes checked out.
If you feel grinding, pulsation, or the pedal feels lower or softer than normal. Those are other signs it may be time for brake repair.
Do I Need a Brake Fluid Flush?
Your brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that is exposed to a lot of heat. It’s also hygroscopic, which means it absorbs and suspends any moisture it comes into contact with. This means that your brake fluid absorbs humidity from the air. The extra moisture content absorbed over time can cause corrosion in your brake system. It can also cause the brake fluid to boil from the heat generated by the brakes.
We recommend flushing your brake fluid every 2 years or 20,000 miles. Whichever comes first.
Look for the best brake shop in Mesa to keep your brake system in top shape.
Ed’s BnB Auto Repair is always ready to help. Give us a call and we’ll discuss your options. You can also use the Book Appointment button to schedule an appointment.