Brake System Service & Repair
The brake system in a standard car or truck consists of more than just your brake pads and rotors, though those two are the most common brake replacement services we do. The whole system is actually made up of the brakes pads, rotors, power brakes, power brake booster, and the anti-lock brakes. We’re sharing some signs of trouble in these systems; if you’re experiencing any of these, call, click or stop by your local shop.
Brake Pads and Rotors
Your basic braking system works like this: You press the brake pedal, and the brake pads clamp onto the rotors in order to stop the car. Sounds simple, but how this happens beyond what we can see or feel is not; there’s a whole circuit and fluid system working behind the scenes.
You have a set of brakes on both the front wheels and the back. When you get them serviced, you may notice that the bill is higher to replace the front. That’s because the weight of the car is thrown onto the front brakes whenever you come to a stop, so they are heavier duty. We typically refer to the front as “disc” brakes and the back as “drum” brakes.
When it comes to warning signs that your brakes need service, your very own senses of hearing, touch, and sight can be of a substantial help to you. Here are some to look out for:
- Brake warning light on the dashboard
- Brake fluid is low or dirty
- Grinding or high-pitched noises
- A “spongy” feeling when depressing your brake pad
Power Brakes and Booster
Have you ever seen “power brakes” as a feature listed on a car for sale? Truth is, power brakes have been around for some time. Simply put, power brakes are designed to help you brake the car. Without them, trying to get your car to come to a stop would take a lot more work.
The brake booster is the main component of this system. It works by creating a vacuum that helps to clamp your brakes down onto your rotors. When you experience difficulty pressing down your brake pedal, this is usually an indication that your booster is failing. You may also notice that it’s taking a lot longer for your car to actually stop from the time you started applying the brakes.
To test if your booster is failing, follow these quick steps:
- Get in your car, but don’t turn the car on yet
- Pump your brakes several times
- Turn the ignition while holding your foot lightly on the brake pedal
If the pedal doesn’t fall slightly away then quickly become resilient, you most likely have a booster problem. We can fix that! Just bring it into your local shop for diagnosis.
Anti-lock braking systems are known by many names depending on their design: Traction control, emergency brake assist and electronic stability control, to name a few. They are all pretty much designed for two purposes: improved stoppage time and vehicle stability. They’re designed to help you come to a stop faster and keep your wheels grounded on dry and wet roads; on gravel and bumpy roads, they are designed to provide more stability – not necessarily help you stop faster.
The idea behind them is that when a certain situation arises, like skidding, the anti-lock system will kick in and quickly pump the brakes in a certain rhythm that helps your vehicle regain control.
When your anti-lock braking system is experiencing problems, you’ll notice:
- The warning light (ABS) will appear on your dashboard
- Pressing the brake is very difficult
- Brakes quit working altogether
Because of the severity of symptoms of anti-lock brake failure, it’s critical to listen to your car’s warning light and bring it in for service immediately.
We can fix that!
Kennedy Transmission Brake & Auto Service provides a wide range of repair services for both imported and domestic automotive brake systems at our auto repair shop. No matter your brake system symptoms, we can fix it! Just bring it in, tell us what’s going on, and we’ll do a few things to diagnose it properly. That includes a computer diagnostic test, along with test-driving it to get an understanding of what you’re experiencing. Use our store locator to find a Kennedy Transmission near you today.