What types of brake systems does my car have?
Your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system, which allows you to steer as your brakes are engaged. In addition to this, most cars have two or three types of brake systems. If any of these brake systems are wearing out, it is crucial to bring your car into Sage Creek Repair for an inspection before their condition worsens. These brake systems are:
- Disc Brakes
If you look through one of your car’s wheels, you will see a shiny metal disc just inside. This is called a disc brake. 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. A brake caliper is attached like a clamp to your vehicle’s tires to stop the wheel from turning when you press the brake pedal.
- 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. Above the shoes is a wheel cylinder that exerts force onto the shoes to get your vehicle to stop.
Your vehicle’s handbrake applies force to the disc and drum brakes in a slower, less forceful way via a lever that’s located between your car’s two front seats. When you pull on the brake, 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 service or repair?
Taking care of your brakes is crucial to maintaining a safe driving experience for you and your passengers. It is a feature you use everyday, and even a slight change can indicate something is wrong. If your vehicle’s brakes are performing poorly and you are in Idaho Falls, ID it is imperative that you bring your car in to Sage Creek Repair 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, your vehicle is telling you it is time for an inspection and/or there is a problem with your brakes. You may simply need a brake fluid flush or a more complex service is required.
- 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. Another possibility is that there is an issue with your vehicle’s wheel bearings (also called hub assemblies), which are a set of small steel balls that reduce friction by allowing the hub to roll around the axle instead of against it.
- Your brakes are squeaking, grinding, or squealing.
If you hear a high-pitched noise when applying your brakes, it likely means that your brake pad has worn out. This could also cause a grinding sound; a grinding sound 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 Sage Creek Repair in Idaho Falls, ID today! We will make sure your shocks and struts work. We can also perform other services you may need, like scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, and engine repair.
Peace of Mind in Brake Repair
You can rest easy when you trust your brake repairs to Sage Creek Repair. Our technicians are armed with the skills and expertise to address any level of brake repair you require, from the basic to the most extensive procedures. On a Honda, Ford and BMW alike, our team will always work on your brakes to the highest standards of precision and accuracy. Along with this, Sage Creek Repair uses OEM and high-quality aftermarket parts and fluids in every brake repair job. Finally, for your peace of mind, we back all our brake repairs with a 3-year/36000-mile Limited Warranty with roadside assistance.