Every shop offers brake repair. At A&G, we want you to experience the power and peace of mind of knowing a little something about your brake system in your vehicle. Everyone will agree that the brakes are a very important part of your vehicle to keep in great working order, but many people don’t know how the system works, so failure comes as a surprise (and with great consequence). The way we see it, the more you know, the safer you will be.
Most older cars and all newer vehicles come equip with a hydraulic disk brake system. Today, disk brakes are used to stop everything from cars to jets!
The Brake System Explained
The way this system works is simple. When you push down on the brake pedal, a plunger inside of the master cylinder pushes brake fluid through high-pressure hoses and tubes to the brakes in each wheel. The master cylinder is located on the firewall on the driver’s side usually at the top where you would have easy access to add fluid. Because as the brake pads wear, you may need more fluid. But, if you lose a lot of fluid in a short period, you may have a leak.
There are things that could cause your brakes to not function properly. Low brake fluid is the most common. However, losing fluid doesn’t always mean you have a leak either. Leaks are also common, but not always easily visible. The most common problem with a master cylinder is an internal leak, so you may not see visible fluid loss at first. You could notice a slow sinking of the brake pedal to the floor. Air trapped in the fluid also causes braking issues.
Obviously, if you hear a metal-on-metal grinding noise when you apply the brakes, they’re going to need attention immediately! Changing out pads is a simple process and can be done relatively cheaper than letting it go to a severe repair issue. That can cause excessive wear on the rotor and calipers, resulting in their replacement as well.
Preventative Maintenance Is Key
We offer a complete brake check up at your request. In most cases, if we have the wheels off for any other reason, our technicians will take a peek at your brakes anyway. We also offer a Brake System Service using quality BG products. If you have any questions about your brakes, call or come in and talk to us. We at A&G Auto Service and Repair want you and your family to be safe. Your brakes deserve the utmost attention to detail, and we specialize in detail.