Want the best brake repair service for your car or truck? Your brake system is extremely important to stopping safely. A car that won’t start is an inconvenience, but a car that can’t stop is downright dangerous! While brake systems vary widely by year make and model, the typical system found on most family cars consists of disc brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in back.
Are your brakes pulling, pulsating, making noise? Pedal mushy, hard to press, or low? ABS light on? Car not stopping right? Team Ryan Automotive is your one-stop shop for brake maintenance, diagnosis and repair.
Get a brake service inspection if:
- The brake pedal seems to be spongy or presses farther to the floor than usual
- Your vehicle pulls to the right or left when you brake
- Unusual noises or vibrations occur during braking
Let our ASE certified technicians assist you with your brake service needs. Did you know that we include a free brake inspection with every oil change?
Understanding More about Brakes
One thing you can do as a vehicle owner is better understand the different moving parts that make up your brake system. When you press your brake pedal the brake pads create friction; in turn, the brake rotor disperses heat throughout the vehicle to keep the brakes themselves from overheating. Both are essential to the proper functioning of your braking system.
There are 3 categories of components to consider when we inspect your brake system for normal wear or problems; hydraulics, friction material, and computer controlled electronics for your Anti Lock Brakes (ABS).
Brake Hydraulics Systems
The Master Cylinder acts as the reservoir for the excess brake fluid and creates the hydraulic force needed to stop your car when you step on the brake pedal. Connected by a series of high pressure steel brake lines and rubber brake hoses, your master cylinder is the device that does most of the hard work. Supplying the force behind the hydraulic brake fluid when you step on the brake pedal to come to a stop. Think of your cars master cylinder like a pressure converter. When you press down on the brake pedal (physical pressure from your foot), the master cylinder converts this to hydraulic pressure, and brake fluid is responsible for transferring this force to each of your wheel’s brakes.
The master cylinder, the heart of the vehicle’s braking system, holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered, and the brake pads will become ruined.
Brake Lines are typically made from steel, run from the master cylinder along the frame, and carry the high hydraulic brake fluid pressure to each wheel. If the brake lines are allowed to rust too much, they can rupture unexpectedly during a panic stop. This emergency situation can result in your brake pedal falling to the floor and not being able to stop in time.
The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.
Rubber brake hoses connect the steel brake lines to each wheel, providing the flexibility needed when your car is going over bumps or rough terrain. They directly deliver pressurized brake fluid to the brake calipers or wheel cylinders.
Disc brake calipers squeeze your brake pads onto the brake rotor to help you stop your car. Brake calipers come in many sizes, but they all have pistons and seals that convert hydraulic brake pressure into a squeezing motion that requires a friction material called brake pads. All modern automotive brake systems use brake calipers on the front wheels and most cars also use them on the rear as well.
Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction to stop the car, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the calipers and cylinders they are attached to grind against the rotors and drums and damage them. Some pads have a metal strip attached that sounds a warning whistle when the pad becomes too worn, but this strip sounds only when the car is in motion and the brakes are not applied.
Brake Rotors and every disc brake system uses disc brake rotors made out of steel to provide the needed drag when the brake pads are being squeezed by the calipers. Since they undergo intense heat and pressure, they can warp which causes the all too familiar pulsation feel when stepping on the brakes. Brake rotors are a wear item and need to be cut or machined and often replaced with every brake job as they slowly wear down below their minimum allowed thickness.
Wheel Cylinders: Instead of squeezing brake pads like a caliper does on disc brake system, some cars use wheel Cylinders on the back wheels in a drum brake system that convert this hydraulic pressure into a pushing motion. The wheel cylinders have two rubber-sealed pistons that convert the hydraulic pressure to push out on brake shoes so they can rub on the inside of the brake drum. This friction causes the vehicle to slow down when you step on the brake pedal.
A drum brake system isn’t as efficient as a disc brake set up, but since the rear brakes usually only supply about 20-30% of your cars braking it works just fine.
Cars with a drum brake system use a drum made of steel to provide the drag needed when the brake shoes are pushed out into them. Since they undergo intense heat and pressure, they can warp which causes the all too familiar pulsation feel when stepping on the brakes. Drums also wear out over time like rotors and need to be replaced or machined as necessary each time a rear brake repair job is performed.
Parking Brake System: Each time you park your vehicle, the emergency brake or parking brake system should be applied to hold your vehicle firmly in place. This helps to relieve the strain of your vehicle's weight being placed on the park mechanism inside your transmission and could also prevent that park pin from getting sheared off in the event of a bump in a parking lot. Another advantage of always using your parking brake is to keep it exercised so that you’ll know whether or not it will work when you need it in an emergency.
Automotive Brake Friction Materials
Disc Brake Pads: A disc brake pad has a steel backing plate with a wearable friction material either riveted or bonded to it. The friction material rubs against the brake rotor when the caliper squeezes them together. It’s this friction material that is always being reformulated to achieve the best braking efficiency while keeping the noise and dust levels tolerable. Although asbestos isn’t used as a friction material anymore, the three main types in use today are organic, semi-metallic, and ceramic brake pads.
Because ceramic brakes have several major advantages over the others, this is our preferred brake pad material at Team Ryan Automotive. They typically last twice as long, our customers have fewer brake noise complaints, and produce a very light tan colored dust that doesn’t stick to your wheels like that annoying black dust from metallic brake pads.
Drum Brake Shoes – A drum brake system uses steel backed shoes with the wearable friction material either bonded or riveted to them to provide the stopping power your car vehicle needs. This system uses a series of return springs and other hardware that needs to be replaced with each brake shoe service.
ABS Brake Systems – Just about every car on the road today has some form of computer control tied into their braking system. Whether it’s for improved braking performance in wet, snowy, or icy conditions to traction control systems to help you go when you need to; your ABS module and controller is always there to help you stay in control. You may feel a little pulsing or buzzing under your foot when applying the brakes as your wheel speed sensors detect some slippage under adverse weather conditions. This is normal, just keep your foot on the brakes and let your car do the braking. Your anti-lock brake system is capable of pumping the brakes many times faster than we can through the network of sensors and solenoids that make up your ABS brake system.
However, if your ABS light stays illuminated on the dash while driving, your ABS computer may be trying to tell you about a problem and should be checked by a certified mechanic specializing in brake repair.
Listed below are some common symptoms that may be related to a brake system problem:
- Car pulls to one side during braking
- Pulsating brake pedal or steering wheel shake while braking down hills
- Brake pedal feels mushy or softer than usual
- Any noise like a squeal, scrape, grind, or clicking sound when you step on the brake pedal
- Repeatedly adding brake fluid to the master cylinder
- Any brake fluid leaking from your car
- Unusual odor or noise
- ABS and/or brake light is illuminated while driving or braking
Your brake system is the most important safety item your vehicle can offer. So please stop in or call us right away if you experience any of the symptoms listed above. We’ll schedule you right away to have one of our expert, ASE certified, brake repair mechanics fully inspect your entire brake system and use NAPA parts. Remember, your family’s safety is our biggest concern, take one of our free loaner cars to drive while we inspect and service your brakes. Stay local – Trust the professionals at Team Ryan Automotive for all your brake repair and maintenance in Buford Pa.
Description of Brake Repair
A properly functioning brake system is crucial to the safety of you and your passengers, and the safety of other drivers on the road. Your vehicle’s brake system involves highly engineered parts and precise movements that stop your vehicle by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy. When you press down on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes a system of hydraulic brake lines leading to each of the vehicle’s wheels, where brake pads or shoes press against a disc or drum and create the necessary friction needed to slow the vehicle to a complete stop. Over time, this friction and heat has the potential to wear down the brake shoes, brake pads, calipers, brake rotors, and other braking components. While the components comprising each brake system may vary, the warning signs for impending brake repairs are the same.
Benefits of Brake Repair
A worn or failing brake system will display warning signs for impending brake maintenance. For example, if your brakes squeal or grind when in use, then your brake pads may be worn and require replacements. If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, then this may point to worn brakes, a malfunctioning caliper, or low brake fluid in the brake lines. If your brake pedal presses down too easily—also known as “spongy” brakes—then this may be an indication of too much air in the hydraulic brake lines. Sometimes, your vehicle’s electronic diagnostic system will alert you to a potential brake issue by a service indicator light on the dashboard. While these are only some of the most common signs of potential problems with your vehicle’s brake system, noticing these signs of faulty brakes and seeking out a brake service can save you money down the line. Here at Team Ryan Automotive we are trained in maintaining and servicing front and rear brake systems and all accompanying brake system components like brake pads, brake shoes, parking brakes, rotors, drums, and hydraulic systems. If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms of bad brakes, like unusual squealing or grinding noises, then contact us online or call us today to have your brakes inspected immediately.
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