How Brakes Function
Brakes are able to slow down such a heavy object like your vehicle by turning the car’s kinetic energy into friction, which enables it to use its own weight and power to slow down. This is done with two main types of brake systems: drum brakes and disc brakes. Drum brakes have a wheel cylinder that is inside of a drum that is equipped with brake shoes on each wheel. The shoes are pressed against the drum to slow down whenever you use the brakes. Disc brakes have brake pads that compress into each other when you press on the brakes, which enables you to start and stop, smoothly.
Signs of Brake Problems
Here are some of the common signs that your brakes are having issues:
- Grinding and Screeching: Unusual sounds when you brake are signs that the brake pads are worn away.
- Pedal Vibrations: When your pedal or steering wheel shakes when you stop, it’s a sign that your brakes may need to be aligned or are starting to become loose.
- Burning Smells: Burning smells can be many things in a vehicle, but are commonly signs that your brakes are overheating or the pads are wearing away.
- Pressure Loss in Pedal: If your pedal doesn’t have enough resistance, it may mean that something is wrong with the master cylinder in your brakes.
- Brake Light Indication: Some vehicles have a brake light indicator in the dashboard that will tell you when something is wrong with the brake system.
Get an Inspection, Today!
If you or someone you know in Downtown SLC is in need of brake repair, maintenance, or an inspection, then don’t hesitate to give our friendly and experienced technicians at Master Muffler a call. We take pride in keeping your vehicle on the road, and your right to the freedom of transportation alive!