When a machine operates, it works against various natural frictions such as air, temperature, pressure, debris, and other hazards. Your vehicle’s brake looks like a simple, small mechanical device, but it has a complex mechanism. Every driver knows that brakes are used to slow down or halt the vehicle, but how many know how does it function? To function appropriately, your brakes system trusts the hydraulic power of its fluid. New generation cars have hydraulically activated brakes. When you push down your brakes, the brake pedal pressure generates which gets transferred from the master cylinder with the help of brake fluid through the lines to every single brake. Many modern vehicles come with frictional brakes also known as pad/shoe brakes. Brake fluid has a specific chemical mix which is highly resistant to boiling and failures; however air and moisture can still trespass into the system which can harm brakes’ components. Generally, when the fluid catches air and moisture, your brake pedal starts feeling soft. Thank goodness, we have the ‘brake bleeding’ procedure eliminate the air bubbles from the brake lines (the pipes and hoses holding the brake fluid). In addition to that, the fluid can easily be changed at very nominal costs. Many repair shops do not even charge if the procedure goes beyond an hour. Brakes bleeding is the solution. Most repair shops suggest you go for brake bleeding once in every two years or whenever you feel spongy brakes.
How To Make Out Your Brakes Need Replacement?
Your brakes can last up to 70,000 miles. However, there are many factors that can adversely influence the life span of your brakes – poor driving habits, stop-and-go city traffic, brakes compound and brakes material to name few. These factors can reduce your brakes’ life expectancy by almost half (about 25,000 miles) of its actual lifespan. The average life of brakes is approx. 50,000 miles.
You can go through the owner’s handbook to get more idea about your vehicle needs. Your brakes give you warning signs when they need repair or replacement so that you can take appropriate action to keep your vehicle on roads.
1. Brake Pad Depth: Keep a watch on the thickness of your brake pads whenever you get your tyres rotated and oil replaced. This way, you will be able to mark the wear on brake pads.
2. Squealing Or Rasping Clamour: The tiny metal hairs at the very bottom of brakes helps the driver to identify when the grippy material is getting exhausted by producing a squealing noise. Go and get them replaced right away.
3. Agitated Braking: Uneasy braking could be a sign of warped rotors. Although they can be treated by cleaning or grinding down their surface (to achieve a flat surface) but replacing the rotors is simpler and cheaper.
4. Weird Sounds or Sparks: Over time, the brakes lose their efficiency due to natural wear. If you hear any unfamiliar noises or notice sparks coming out of brakes, then take your vehicle to the local mechanic so that he can diagnose the problem and repair or replace the faulty components of your brake system.
Safe Vehicle Sometimes Means Good And Functional Brakes
It is not only you who rely on your vehicle. When you bring your vehicle on the road, the other road users silently trust your driving capabilities and vehicle. They assume that you are a responsible driver and will drive your vehicle only if it is in good shape. By giving your vehicle adequate maintenance, you can keep yourself and them safe. Superior Cars helps you in keeping your safety components in good shape. Visit or call us for Car Brake Repair Northampton.