From maneuvering through stop-and-go traffic and stopping at red lights to adjusting your speed for safety and more, braking is an essential aspect of driving. Braking may seem like a simple enough process, but it actually involves several components. As soon as you apply pressure to your brake pedal, a process that involves your vehicle’s master cylinder, brake fluid, brake lines, caliper pistons, brake pads and rotors or drums is executed. While this may sound like a lengthy mechanical process, it must be completed within a fraction of a second to keep you and your vehicle’s occupants safe on the road. Triangle Car Care is ready to help you learn more about the condition of your brakes and to restore your vehicle to excellent condition.
Signs Your Brakes Need to Be Replaced
The most obvious sign that you may notice when your brakes need to be replaced is a failure to decelerate or to stop the car when needed. This understandably puts you and your passengers at considerable risk, so you do not want to let your brakes deteriorate to this state. The good news is that there are multiple signs that you could notice well before your braking system entirely fails.
If your brake pads are wearing thin, you may notice that your car vibrates or that a grinding sound is audible when you apply pressure on the brake pedal. You may also hear a screeching sound when you use the brake. Another sign may occur when you are driving the car. If you believe that your vehicle is taking a longer period of time to brake or if you notice the car pulling to the left or the right when you brake, at least one of your brake pads may require replacement. You could even look behind your rim to view the brake pad. Generally, the pad should be at least one-quarter inch thick. Remember that your pads may not wear evenly. You should look at the pads for all wheels to get a better idea about the condition of your brakes. The best way to determine with certainty that you need professional brake service is to contact Triangle Car Care for an inspection.
A Word About Replacing Rotors or Drums
The rotor or drum is a critical component of your vehicle’s braking system. This is the disc-like, metallic object that you may see behind your rim or wheel cover. The brake pad applies pressure to this metallic rotor or drum to cause the vehicle to slow down or stop as desired. Generally, rotors or drums can provide you with functionality for a longer period of time than your brake pads. However, rotors and drums may wear out rather quickly if the brake pad is very thin and begins scratching into the rotor’s surface. The integrity of your braking system may be affected if you do not replace damaged rotors or drums when necessary.
The Importance of Acting Quickly
You can see some of the components of your vehicle’s brake system by simply looking behind the rim or wheel cover. However, several other critical components are not easily visible and may also require service for excellent braking function. It may be difficult for the average driver to determine the extent of the damage to the brake system or to determine when the brakes may entirely fail. More than that, if you act quickly, you may be able to act before more damage is done to additional components in the system. This could essentially save you money on the brake service that your vehicle needs by limiting the scope of the service required.
How Triangle Car Care Helps
The skilled automotive experts at Triangle Car Care are dedicated to helping drivers in the Raleigh area and beyond keep their vehicles in great shape, and one of the many automotive systems that we can inspect and repair or replace is the brake system. We service most makes and models, and we offer a fast, accurate inspection for this and other important components. Through this inspection of your vehicle’s brake system, you can learn more about the scope of the work that is required. You can always expect us to provide you with honest answers and to treat you with courtesy. Through our team’s hard work and skills, we can get you back on the road again quickly.
Your brake system is a vital vehicle component that you do not want to take chances with. While it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a poorly maintained brake system in this state, it is also unsafe to drive a vehicle when the brakes do not work properly. If you need to schedule a brake inspection and service for your vehicle, contact Triangle Car Care today at (919) 787 – 0966.