Without question, your brakes are one of the most important car systems you need to maintain. If your car is making squealing or grinding noises when hit your brakes, you must get them serviced immediately. Faulty brakes are a serious safety problem, and can increase your braking distance, potentially causing an accident.
There are two types of brakes, disc and drum. Disc brakes have calipers that hold onto the rotors with calipers and slow you down. Drum brakes slow you down with the use of a drum that presses onto the brake shoes on the inside of the drum. Both types of brake system are subject to wear and tear, and need to be serviced and/or replaced over time, because pads and shoes wear down. Rotors are also subject to wear, but sometimes they can be resurfaced by machining, giving them a clean contact surface.
At Priority Auto in South Burlington, we are experts at servicing both disc and drum brakes, and we even have a specialized brake lathe in the shop for machining, one of very few in the Burlington area.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Problems with brake pads are easy to identify because they either squeal or grind. A metal-on-metal grinding sound means the problem has progressed so far that your rotors and/or your drums are being ruined. You should seek the help of an auto repair professional immediately because this poses a serious safety threat.
In disc braking systems, the rotors are attached to the wheels. To bring the wheels to a stop, the brake pads grip the rotor. Over time, this friction can cause cracks and grooves to appear. When your rotors are resurfaced, your rotors get a smooth surface that reduces the noise and vibration associated with damaged rotors. We will inspect your rotors thoroughly and let you know what we recommend.
Brake calipers contain your brake pads, and they fit around the rotor, pressing the brake pads against the rotor during braking. Problems with your calipers present a safety hazard in that they can cause increased braking distance, or worse yet make your car spin out of control in bad weather conditions. It is critical that you keep your calipers in good condition.
Brake hoses carry brake fluid that is pressurized to the brakes from the master cylinder. If a hose is damaged, it can cause brakes to slow. A leak in a brake hose can make the entire brake system fail. While this is not a part that needs a lot of attention, they should be replaced immediately if there is any damage.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Over time, brake fluid absorbs water, which renders the brake system less effective and the fluid corrosive, which can potentially damage the brake system. Regular brake fluid flushes make sure that your vehicle’s brake system is circulating with fresh fluid.
On the insides of the wheels are the wheel bearings, which allow the vehicle’s wheels to spin freely. They are connected to the brake system, and are subject to wear and tear over time. A worn wheel bearing causes your suspension to vibrate, creating a noisy sound. A broken wheel bearing can cause you to lose control over the vehicle, so wheel bearings need to be inspected for wear and tear at regular intervals.
Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS)
In newer automobiles, anti-lock brake systems (ABS) ensure that during breaking, that the wheels don’t lock up and stop rotating. This prevents your car from skidding and offers greater control. If the ABS light in your car turns on, give us a call. We will use our diagnostic systems to find the problem and and our expertise to correct it.