Brake Repair Basics
A fully functioning brake system is crucial to your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of other drivers on the road. Occasional brake repair helps maintain your systems integrity. Your vehicle’s brake system involves highly engineered parts and precise movements that stop your vehicle by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy.
Over time, friction and heat wear down the brake shoes, brake pads, calipers, brake rotors, and other braking components, which cause them to need replacing. While the components comprising each brake system may vary, the warning repair signs for impending brake service are the same.
Signs You Need Replacement Brakes
Our staff is trained in maintaining and servicing front and rear brake systems. This includes all accompanying brake system components like brake pads, brake shoes, parking brakes, rotors, drums, and hydraulic systems.
If you experience any of the below signs or symptoms of bad brakes, like unusual squealing or grinding noises, then contact us online or call us today to have your brakes inspected immediately.
1. Squealing and grinding while braking
2. Vehicle pulls to one side while braking
3. Brake pedal pushes down with little resistance
4. Vibrating brake pedal
5. Brake pads less than a quarter inch thick
6. Dashboard indicator light is on
Braking System Breakdown
Anti-Lock Braking System
Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS) help offer better control to a vehicle. While braking, this system stops wheels from locking up and prevents chances of skidding. If you notice your ABS light on, visit McCullough Auto Care where we will happily diagnose your cars issue and fix the problem.
Brake Pad Replacement
Usually squealing brakes are the tell-tale sign. As brake pads continue to deteriorate, you’ll start to hear the sound of grinding metal on metal while braking. Now you’re not only going to need to replace the drum pads, you’re causing extra damage to the brake rotors. Before it’s too late, schedule an appointment with McCullough NAPA Auto Care.
The brake caliper is what stores the brake pads and fits around the rotor in a clamp like fashion. Problems with a caliper could be unbalanced braking, which become amplified in poor weather conditions. Contact McCullough Auto Care ASAP!
Rotors are attached to the wheels. When the brake pedal is pressed, the brake pads grip the rotor, and stop the wheel. With this comes friction, and with friction comes cracks and slight wear. Resurfacing these rotors can enhance their condition, without having to replace them. The technicians and McCullough Auto Care in Atlanta can talk you through this process.