Your vehicles brake system has one job, to stop your vehicle
But in order for your brakes to stop such a heavy piece of equipment, a number of important components must work precisely to achieve the required result.
Leverage, force and friction are the three factors required that will allow your vehicle to brake effectively. The leverage is supplied when the driver presses the brake pedal to activate the braking system. The force comes from the various engine components that use either the engine vacuum or a hydraulic pump to multiply the force of the leverage you applied when pressing the brake pedal. The friction comes when the brake fluid is forced down the brake lines and into the brake cylinder, which in turn froces the brakes to rub against the brake disks or the brake drums.
Farnworth Tyre & Exhaust are experts when it comes to your brakes. We have the tools and the experience to repair or replace you brakes so you can be safe in the knowledge that your car will be as safe as it can be.
Your brakes usually give particular warning signs when they are in need of a mechanics advice.
Common Signs of Wear
- A low or spongy brake pedal. This can mean there may be air in the system
- An amber brake warning light that could signal a problem with the ABS braking system
- A red brake warning light that could mean there is an imbalance in the braking system
- Continuous squeals and grinding sounds. These may mean the life of your brakes is up and the need for new brakes is important.
- The thickness of the Brake shoes and drum diameter – worn brake shoes or brake drums not only remove less heat, they can cause greater brake pedal travel before your brakes are activated.
- Brake pad and Break disk thickness – worn break pads or break discs cannot remove the extreme heat produced during braking.
These conditions can cause longer stopping distances and difficult stopping in an emergency situation. Break discs and breal drums drums that are too thin may become over stressed and break.
So dont be caught out. Any time you notice any of these or other symptoms have your brakes checked. We recommend that you have them inspected once a year. If you have any of the problems above please don't hesitate to call us on 01204 572122.