Brake Repair Services in Lakeland Florida – Brakes are an important part of your vehicle. You don’t really think too much about it, but the ability to stop and slow down when necessary is a vital trait that keeps millions of people alive in their cars each day. It is important to be aware of the condition of your brakes and any noticeable changes that may indicate it is time for us at Joyce Automotive to perform brake repair services.
There are two main types of brakes: disk brakes and drum brakes.
Disk brakes have a rotor – or disk – inside the wheel. There is a caliper on each disk that holds the brake pads. When pressure is applied to the brake pedal, the caliper squeezes the brake pads against the rotor, causing the vehicle to slow and stop. The pressure from this fluid is what causes parts to move.
A drum brake has a metal drum fitted inside the wheel. Inside the drum are metal shoes. When pressure is applied to the brake pedal, a brake cylinder pushes the shoes out against the drum, causing the friction that slows and stops the vehicle.
Typically, modern vehicles are manufactured with disk brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. Both of these systems work on a hydraulic system, which means fluid is used to create and apply the pressure required to move the pieces of the braking system. Your front brakes are responsible for the majority of the vehicle’s braking force. Your vehicle will probably need to have brake repair services for front brakes more often than the rear brakes, but there are other factors that contribute to the wear of brakes. These include two-wheel versus four-wheel drive, size, weight, towing trailers, etc.
There are a number of warning signs to tell you when you should seek brake repair services. The most common sign is a high-pitched squealing noise. Brake pads were designed with a metal indicator that is meant to make noise when the brake pad is worn. Likewise you may hear a grinding noise or smell a strong metallic scent when the brakes are applied. Because of the pressure in the hydraulic system, your brake pedal should not go all the way to the floor. It should feel firm and stable under your foot. If your brake pedal sinks to the floor or feels spongy (does not get firm when you pump the brakes), there may be a fluid leak or air in your brake lines. You might even notice some fluid on the ground near one of your wheels.
Do not wait to bring your vehicle to us for brake repair services. If your wheel vibrates or shakes when you apply the brakes, your rotors are probably worn. Additionally, if you feel your vehicle pull to the left or the right when the brakes are applied, it is time to bring your car in for brake repair services. You can also check your brake fluid level in the master cylinder. There are “min fill” and “max fill” lines. If your vehicle appears to have significantly less or significantly more fluid in the master cylinder than it is supposed to, bring it to us to have your brakes inspected.
When you bring your vehicle in to us for brake repair services, you can usually expect to have the brake pads replaced. Depending on the condition of your rotors, they may not need to be replaced. Your technician may be able to cut the rotors in order to provide an even, smooth braking surface for the new brake pads. Rotors cannot be infinitely cut. There is a minimum safe width for your brake rotors. In some cases, rotor warp and cannot be cut. They will need to be replaced. If your brake pedal was sinking to the floor or felt spongy, there may be other parts we need to replace in order to maintain the stopping power and safety of your vehicle.