Brakes & Rotors
As important as it is for your car to move when you hit the throttle, an equally important part of driving is stopping when you hit the brakes. The brakes on your car undergo severe wear and tear, are used every time you drive and can be often neglected, with problems not being exposed till they are much bigger. The experienced and qualified staff at Bustard Chrysler can take care of all brake problems, diagnostics, preventative care and full repairs, giving you the peace of mind that your brakes are in optimal working shape.
The braking system in your car may be comprised of front disc and rear drum brakes or disc brakes all around. Disc brakes contain 3 major components which include:
- The brake pads
- The caliper, which contains a piston: The piston moves outward with the increase in pressure causing the brake pad to come into contact with the rotor, slowing/stopping the vehicle.
- The rotor: The rotors are attached to wheels and stop your vehicle when a brake pad comes into contact with them.
Some easy tips by which you can prolong the life and effectiveness of your brakes include:
- Avoid constant braking. Sounds easy, but driving within the flow of traffic greatly reduces the stress paced on brakes thereby increasing their life.
- City driving which involves more stopping and going is much tougher on the brakes as opposed to highway driving.
- Removing excess weight from your vehicle can reduce the strain placed on the braking system, thereby increasing its life and effectiveness.
- Reducing your speed can increase the life of your brakes.
- Flushing the brake fluid can also help enhance brake life.
- Regular brake inspections are critical in ensuring that they work effectively when called upon.
- With regular brake inspections and service, you can ensure that your vehicle's brakes are in proper working order, ensuring your safety. At Bustard Chrysler, our experienced staff can diagnose and repair all brake problems.
If your car is exhibiting any of the following warning signs, it may be time for brake maintenance!
The following information is provided for reference purposes only and is not a substitute for a comprehensive brake system inspection by a certified Safety Expert.
Hard Brake Pedal
Brakes require extreme pressure to work. Can indicate power brake problems, restricted hydraulic lines, frozen calipers or wheel cylinders, or damaged brake linings.
Vibration when Braking
Your brake pedal, steering wheel or whole vehicle shakes and vibrates or pulsates when you apply the brake. This could mean that you need to resurface disc brake rotors, or it signal a serious problem of a loose component or faulty steering mechanism.
Brakes should operate with very little noise. A little noise is normal, but excessive squealing, screeching, grinding, groaning, chatter, clatter or bang means your brakes need attention.
Low or Spongy Brake Pedal
Brake Pedal nearly touches floorboard before brakes function or feels "Spongy". Your brake warning light might come on when you push brake pedal. This problems could require a simple adjustment or it may be something much more serious.
Brake Warning Light
Emergency brake is on, or you have a serious drop in your brake system's hydraulic pressure. Your brakes may be near total failure.
If your vehicle is exhibiting any of the above issues, do not hesitate to contact the Service Department at Bustard Listowel. Brakes are one of your cars most important safety features, and it absolutely vital to keep them well maintained and in good working condition!
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