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“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that’s what gets you.” – Jeremy Clarkson.
Every car enthusiast on the planet is familiar with the witty, indiscreet, and often brash comments of the legendary automotive journalist, Jeremy Clarkson. While the statement above is worth a few laughs, it highlights the importance of stopping your vehicle at the right moment.
This moment is crucial as it prevents accidents from occurring and reduces the potential for property damage and personal injury. Hence, you must learn how to stop your vehicle quickly and effectively.
But for that, your braking system must work flawlessly!
Most car owners are irregular with managing car services. But even among the regulars, most rely entirely on their mechanic’s opinions and preferences. Having been in the business for over ten years, we couldn’t stress enough the importance of understanding your car’s mechanics. Let’s start with the absolute essential of them all, the braking system.
There are two types, drum brakes and disc brakes.
Drum Brakes: The drum brake mechanism comprises a set of semicircular brake shoes or brake linings inside the hub of the wheels. Depending on their type, they are actuated by a spring or hydraulic system. The three types of drum brakes are the leading/trailing shoe type, twin leading shoe type, and duo-servo type.
Spring-activated drum brakes are now outdated, and most drum brakes are hydraulic. They are activated by a system of pistons driven by fluid pressure. The pressure causes the pistons in the cylinder to expand and press the brake shoes against the inner surface of the brake drum, which creates friction to slow the spinning of the wheels.
Disc Brakes: Modern-day cars, especially high-performance ones, are outfitted with steel rotors bolted onto the car wheels. Unlike their drum-based counterparts, all the disc brake components work outside the wheel rim. They tend to be lighter, more powerful, and more responsive.
The mechanism comprises a master cylinder that sends brake fluid to the brake calliper that houses two to three pistons that move outwards against the brake disc/rotors. The callipers are mounted atop the rotors, creating friction to slow down the car.
Car brakes often leave tell-tale signs that signify underperformance. In the best interest of your safety, you must address them right at the very first signs. Here’s what you must look out for:
The average car designed for commuting accelerates to 60mph in less than 10 seconds. Now couple this with the average weight of a vehicle, around 4500 pounds, and the stopping power you need is substantial, roughly 0.5g or more.
The brake pads and rotors are integral to achieving a smooth and safe stop every time, so it is vital to ensure that they are working correctly and performing at their best. It is crucial to keep them clean to ensure that there is no dirt buildup or contamination, which could hinder the braking process and cause dangerous accidents.
To ensure the flawless functioning of your brakes, here are the essential services you must expect from your car mechanic.
Inspection/ Maintenance: Prevention is better than cure. Hence, the manufacturers always assign timelines or mileage-based reference points to inspect your car’s brakes. Even if nothing is wrong, your mechanic must perform a general inspection of your car brakes to intervene effectively to prevent component failure and unforeseen mishaps. Inspection services involve the evaluation of the wear and tear of all the braking system’s components.
Pad/Lining Replacement: The average lifespan of brake pads (in a disc brake set up) is around 25000 to 30000 miles, and brake linings (in a drum brake set up) is 7000 to 10000 miles. Depending on your car’s service schedule, a mechanic looks for signs of wear and evaluates braking performance to replace the brake pads or lining when required.
Resurfacing and Replacement: Even if your brake pads are changed regularly, the other surface works in tandem with them; the rotors require regular maintenance too. The friction between the two components leaves brake pad residue on the rotors. Resurfacing removes these deposits and helps make the rotors smooth again by removing a predetermined amount of metal from the rotors but within a permissible limit.
Leak Fix: Since almost all current brake systems use fluids in the activation mechanism, the brake fluid level is profoundly important. Low brake fluid levels can cause brake failure, so identifying and fixing leaks in the brake’s circulation system is essential to brake repair services.
Flushing: In the previous point, we have already established the essentiality of brake fluid levels. However, the quality of the fluid itself plays an essential role in your vehicle’s braking performance. Brake fluids can absorb moisture and sludge, resulting in contamination. Hence technicians must replace brake fluid every 25000 to 30000 miles.
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about your car’s needs to maintain optimal braking performance and for periodic brake repair services in Edmonton.
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All the work is performed by a certified mobile mechanic that will come to your home. We can complete the all the above work right on your driveway and have options for every budge