Book your service
Brakes are extraordinary pieces of engineering. Slowing down or bringing a car weighing over 3,000 pounds to a halt is not an easy task. Brakes do just that on a regular basis.
To understand how impressive this task is, consider this: the heat generated in the process of stopping a car running at 100 mph is over 230 degrees Celsius (>45 degrees Fahrenheit). That’s how much energy the brakes produce when they are used at high speeds.
The brakes are often the only things standing between your car and a horrible accident. At ADD Tyres and Exhausts, we treat them like the important parts they are. However, like any other part of the car, brakes, too, are not immune to failure.
Although the chances of brakes malfunctioning have reduced considerably with the advent of new technology, it still remains one of the major causes of accidents in the UK.
To understand why breaks fail, let’s look at some different types of brakes and how they work.
- Disc brakes
Disc brakes are the most widely used brakes in modern cars. They consist of five parts:
- Rotors (also called Brake discs)
- Brake Pads
- Brake lines
- Master cylinder
The rotor, which essentially is a disc-shaped metal plate, is attached to the wheel. While braking, the brake pads apply force to the disc, which, in turn, transfers the force to the wheels and slows it down.
The brake pads are the most vulnerable components in this process, and often get damaged. Brake pad replacement Pickering becomes necessary in such an event.
- Hydraulic brakes
A hydraulic brake uses brake fluids to stop the car. The fluids (generally glycol ether or diethylene glycol) are stored in the master cylinder and released through narrow pipes to the slave cylinders placed at each wheel.
The fluid pushes the piston in the slave cylinder, which in turn applies force to the brake pads, ultimately slowing the wheels down.
How to spot malfunctioning brakes?
Brakes are one of the most crucial safety checks on your car, if not the most important. Brake failure can result in a catastrophe. To ensure that it doesn’t happen to you, keep an eye out for these symptoms:
- High-pitched squeaking sound while applying the brakes can mean that the brake pads have worn out.
- If there is a vibration on the steering wheel when you apply brakes, it may be the result of damaged rotors.
- If your brake pedals have gone soft, i.e. it’s touching the floor of the car with little pressure, it’s a sign of moisture in the brake system.
- A burning smell or smoke from the wheel is an indicator of malfunctioning brake callipers.
If you spot one or more of these symptoms, immediately go to a brake repair Pickering. Ignoring these symptoms may lead to complete brake failure, putting you and others on the road on harm’s way.
Brake service at ADD Tyres and Exhausts
ADD Tyres and Exhausts boasts of one of the most comprehensive brake repairs in Pickering. If you’re having any problems with your car’s brakes, however minor, bring it in. Our experienced technicians will find the problem and fix it before it gets any worse.