Brake Problems Demystified

April 1st, 2015
brake repair in baton rouge laAt Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Baton Rouge, LA, we often get questions about how a car’s brake system actually works. For drivers, it’s important to know these details, so let’s break it down briefly here:
 
Disc brakes operate when brake pads (lined with a friction material) grab a smooth steel rotor, similar to the way that bicycle handbrakes grip a rim to provide braking. Over time, the friction material wears down, reducing braking effectiveness. If neglected for too long, the friction material wears down completely, exposing the steel backing, which can cut grooves into the rotors’ surface. Older cars used drum brakes for the rear wheels; in this design, brake shoes expand internally and rub against the lining of a metal drum. Again, worn shoes will ...[more]
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