General auto repair and servicing is essential in terms of keeping your car running smoothly. One crucial aspect of this is the testing and servicing of brakes. The brakes of your car are the most basic and critical safety feature and ensure that the car stops as soon as you want it to, preventing accidents that could endanger you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road. Depending on the make and model of your car, it is likely to have some of these components in its braking system. These include the calipers, hose, master cylinder, rear cylinder, brake pads or brake shoes, and brake fluid. When you bring your car for a general auto repair and service or specifically ask for a brake inspection, all of these components have to be inspected. The brake pad thickness and some of the other parts of the brake such as the drum and rotor are compared to manufacturer specification, while the quality of the brake fluid is tested. If any of these components are worn out or damaged, the certified brake mechanics at the auto service station are likely to recommend a replacement or opening the door towards repair. There are a few indications of brake damage that you should be able to spot when you are driving your vehicle. If any of these signs are noticed you need to take your car for a brake servicing as soon as possible because a delay can lead to an accident or sometimes damage the more expensive components of the braking system, leading to additional costs to rectify the problems. If your car continues to move for long after you apply the brakes, if the ABS light in the dashboard glows amber or red, if you hear a squeaking noise as you apply the brakes, or if you can feel that the brake is spongy or drags when applied, it could be a sign that the brake system needs to be inspected and rightfully fixed. Most modern cars have an ABS or anti lock brake system that senses the speed at which the vehicle is travelling and provides additional pressure to the brake to make the vehicle stop. This is an electronic component with sensors and brake mechanics need to be trained and certified to inspect and repair it. Brake fluid is meant to absorb water in order to prevent corrosion of the brake system. However, if the brake fluid is saturated with water, then it can no longer absorb more water and excess water begins to remain in the brake system, corroding it. In order to prevent this, it is advisable to flush the brake system of fluid and replace it with new brake fluid. In addition, if the brake fluid is saturated or has begun to break down, its boiling point can be lowered causing poorer brake performance, especially in very hot and uncomfortable conditions. A comprehensive auto repair and maintenance service will inspect all components of the brake and ensure that they function as they should.
April 21, 2015