How Automobile Brakes Function
When you push the brake pedal, you force brake pads to rub on brake rotors located at each wheel. Pads and rotors work together to produce friction to slow your car. The pads and rotors are the most often replaced parts of your braking system, but several components between the brake pedal and the pads also need looking after.
Brake Rotors are the round pieces inside your car’s wheels. Most rotors are cast iron for a good compromise between smooth operation and long service life. Worn rotors don’t work well enough for sustained braking, so when they wear to a minimum size, we let you know it is time for a replacement. We advise new rotors with new brake pads. New brake pads may not work well with old rotors.
OEM brake pads operate adequately for most drivers. We have other types, such as semi-metallic, available for unusual operations. The pads are held in calipers near the rotors.
Calipers look solid but have constantly moving internal components called pistons. These pistons press the pads against the rotors when pressured by the master cylinder. Road dirt can cause slow-acting and even seized caliper pistons. We will ensure yours operate as new during brake repair.
The master cylinder compresses brake fluid towards the pads when you push the brake pedal. The master cylinder may develop leaks as it ages; a brake inspection includes closely examining this vital piece of your braking system.
Brake lines are the linkage between the master cylinder and brake calipers. They send pressure from the master cylinder to the caliper pistons. Some of the brake lines are metal; they can rust. Some are rubber. They can dry rot. Our brake inspection will catch developing problems before they compromise your safety.
Brake fluid is the vehicle by which pressure travels from the master cylinder to the brake pads. Over time brake fluid becomes contaminated and less effective. An every-two-year service will keep your system free of rust and other contaminants.
A metallic scraping from the wheel area alerts you that your brakes have worn to the point of needing service. This noise is not cause for alarm; brake wear sensors are a regular part of your brake system. We replace them during a brake job.
Our mechanics dedicate themselves to ensuring the safety and longevity of your complete vehicle. When we raise your Camry for oil changes, our technician will inspect the entire brake system. This is an excellent reason for getting your oil changes done here instead of at an oil changer place. At the least, we should be inspecting your brakes yearly.
The factory warranty does not cover brake components; they are excluded as normal wear and tear items. Call us or visit our website to see the price difference between our shop and the dealer service department for brake repair or any maintenance you require.