Making sure that your brakes are in proper working order is by far one of the most important things you can do for your safety. Especially here in Albuquerque, brake repair will help you keep absolute control over your vehicle, whether you are going for a summer cruise, or braving the snow in winter.
Most drivers are aware when they need brake repair service, but this does not mean that the correct steps to make the repairs are always taken. Perhaps one of the worst things that can happen when it comes to car brake repair is to delay the maintenance until other components of the vehicle become damaged.
The fact is. Brake Pads and brake shoes are actually designed to wear down. But the other portions of a vehicles brake system need to be protected in order to avoid costly auto brake repair. For example, if you allow your brake pads to wear down past the point of usefulness, then metal under the brake pads will contact the brake rotors and cause warping or grooves to form.
This kind of issue has serious repercussions for multiple reasons; for example, warped or grooved brake rotors can lead to the following issues.
- Stopping power – Grooves in the brake rotor decrease the surface area that makes contact with the brake pads themselves, even after they are replaced
- Vibration – if your brake rotors have warped, it is quite possible to experience a very overt vibration or shaking in the steering wheel. This is because the brake pads are constantly gaining and losing traction. This can cause a very unique shaking feeling through the steering wheel.
There are other problems that can quite easily arise when it comes to your vehicles brakes. One of the most important aspects of your brakes is the amount of pressure that is required to stop your wheels from spinning. There are two components which achieve this, the caliper, and the power brake system.
The brake caliper is what actually squeezes down on the brake rotor and stops your wheels from spinning. The power brake system is a hydraulic system which amplifies the force of your foot to make it possible for a human to stop a 2 thousand pound object. If for any reason the caliper stops operating, or the power brake system springs a leak, you could be looking at a unresponsive brake pedal.
Because your brakes are the number one safety feature in your vehicle. It is very important to make sure that it will operate properly when you need it the most. Though your brakes may not seem like they need attention, it is a far better thing to be safe, rather than sorry. Be sure to contact us if you need any further information, or if you have any questions, our staff will be pleased to help you with whatever you need.