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Brake Repair in Gonzales, LA
Brake Repair in Gonzales, LA
The average driver in the United States puts between 12-15,000 miles a year on a vehicle. If you were to put a tally counter on the brake pedal, that would come to about 75,000 applications of the brakes over that years time!
Obviously whenever you step on the brake pedal, you expect your car to come to a stop safely. It can take the friction material of brake pads as long as 50-60,000 miles to wear down to the point of needing replacement. That’s so gradual that it can be tough to tell when the brakes are really coming to that point, but here are some signs to watch out for:
• Excessive brake pedal travel
• Longer stopping distances
• Pulsation or vibration felt through brake pedal while stopping
• Pronounced pull to one side while applying brakes
• Screeching or metallic grinding sound while braking
• Brake fluid leaks
• Brake pedal gradually goes to floor while stopped, in gear with foot on brake
Disc brakes are comprised of a smooth steel rotor (the “disc”) that the wheels are bolted to. A caliper is mounted on the rotor, and holds two pads of semimetallic or ceramic friction material. When you step on the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder actuates a piston inside the caliper, which drives the pads onto the rotor. Friction then slows and stops the vehicle, in much the same way as a bicycle’s handbrake pads.
Older vehicles were designed with drum brakes, often on the rear wheels. With drum brakes, curved shoes expand inside a pan-shaped drum and drag along the lining to stop the vehicle.
It’s important to remember that a vehicle’s front brakes will almost always wear before the rear ones do. A vehicle’s engine puts more weight over the front wheels, and the forces of momentum will shift the vehicle’s weight forward as it comes to a stop. It’s also important to bear in mind that extreme use, such as towing a trailer, hauling heavy loads or driving in mountainous terrain will wear a vehicle’s brakes much more quickly.
Of all the symptoms that we mentioned earlier, the metallic grinding sound is by far the worst! If your brakes are grinding, it means that the pads have worn completely down to expose their steel backing plates. Some brake pads are designed with a spring-steel tab that protrudes from the backing plate and drags along the rotor to squeal, serving as a wear indicator when pads reach a certain minimum depth. Either way, that sound means that you need to schedule brake service right away. Putting it off by that point will mean metal-on-metal contact as the backing plates dig into the smooth steel rotors. This is not only very unsafe, but will soon cost much more money to repair.
Don’t put off your brake repair. Give Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Gonzales, LA a call and set up an appointment for brake service!