What types of brake systems does my car have?
Most cars have two or three types of brake systems. These are:
- Disc Brakes
If you look through one of your car’s wheels, you will see the disc brake, a shiny metal disc, just inside. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, a pad of hard-wearing material clamps onto the brake disc and rubs it to make it slow down, in a similar way to bicycle brakes.
- Drum Brakes
Some cars have disc brakes on all four wheels, while others have disc brakes on their front wheels and drum brakes on their back wheels. Instead of the disc and brake block, drum brakes have shoes inside the hollow wheel hub that press outwards. As the shoes push into the wheel, friction slows you down.
Your vehicle’s handbrake applies force to the disc and drum brakes in a slower, less forceful way with a lever that’s located between your car’s two front seats. When you pull on the handbrake, a system of levers tugs on a pair of sturdy cables that apply the brakes to the back wheels. The handbrake system is completely mechanical and does not use brake fluid like the disk and drum brakes, so it can be used as an emergency brake (with great care) when the other brake systems fail.
How do I know if I need to bring my vehicle in for a brake repair?
Taking care of your brakes is crucial to maintaining a safe driving experience for you and your passengers. You use your brakes everyday, and even a slight change can indicate something is wrong. If your vehicle’s brakes are performing poorly, it is imperative that you bring your car in for an inspection. Some warning signs include:
- The brake light on your dashboard turns and stays on.
If this happens, first make sure your handbrake is not engaged. If your brake light stays on when your handbrake is disengaged, it is time for a brake inspection and/or there is a problem with your brakes.
- Your car pulls to one side when braking.
One brake system may be working more efficiently than the other, causing your vehicle to pull to one side when braking.
- Your brake pedal feels soft or spongy.
If you notice a difference in the resistance in the brake pedal — it feels “softer,” or sinks all the way to the floor mat when you press on it — it’s a sign you need immediate service. There could be air or moisture in the braking system or a problem with the master cylinder.
- Your brakes are squeaking, grinding, or squealing.
If you hear a high-pitched noise when applying your brakes, it probably means that your brake pad has worn out. This could also cause a grinding sound, which could also indicate a lack of lubrication in vehicles with rear drum brakes.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle to Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers today!
Your Trusted Shop for Brake Repair
We recommend that you get your car’s brakes inspected once a year. If you are in Conyers or surrounding areas, you can bring your car to Auto Tech Service Center. We use the highest-quality tools and parts and will make the appropriate fixes to ensure you get back on the road quickly and safely. We will perform a complete brakes diagnostic to determine if the issue is coming from the brake pads, rotors, fluid, master cylinder, or somewhere else. Here are some reasons why we should be your local auto repair shop:
- We perform high-quality diagnostic and repair services at a fair price, using quality NAPA parts.
- We maintain the highest standards of the automotive service profession.
- We cover Parts and Labor on Qualifying Repairs and Services for 24 Months/24,000 Miles.
At Auto Tech Service Center in Conyers, we pride ourselves in providing thorough and transparent assessments of the vehicles we service, so don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle in for an inspection today. You can give us a call at 770-922-1480 or schedule an appointment with us online!