Franklin, TN Automotive Experts | Heaven Sent Automotive
Brakes are an important part of your automobile and knowing how to keep them in optimal condition is important for both your safety and to extend the life of your tires. In order to maintain the brakes, certain components must be evaluated and replaced at regular intervals.
Disc brakes are located behind the front two wheels. They consist of metal discs called rotors. Over the top of the rotor sits a clamp-like device known as a caliper. When the brake pedal is depressed, the calipers close down on either side of the rotor causing friction and the friction is what slows or stops the car. Between the rotor and the caliper are brake pads.
Drum brakes attach to the inside of the car’s wheels. When the driver presses the brake pedal hydraulic pressure presses the brake shoes against the drum which creates friction. The friction is what slows the car down.
An anti-lock brake system (ABS) is found in most cars today. When the service brakes are engaged suddenly due to a need to stop quickly, the ABS kicks in and prevents the wheels from locking causing the car to slide. Prior to ABS drivers were instructed to pump their brakes in an emergency stopping situation to avoid sliding. ABS now does the brake pumping automatically.
Signs Your Brakes Need Attention
Unusual noises coming from your brakes could mean you have worn or loose brake pads that need attention. Another indicator you may need brakes is when you depress the brake pedal it is harder to bring the car to a stop. Over time the rotors and pads rubbing together will lose their ability to create the friction needed to bring the car to a stop. It may also be time for new brakes if the car is pulling to one side when the brakes are engaged. This usually is caused because one brake pad is thinner than the other. Brake pads are held together by an adhesive. When the brakes are in use they get hot and the ongoing heat melts the adhesive and it smears across the disc surface. If the adhesive is not uniformly distributed it can cause the brake pedal to vibrate indicating a need for service.
How Often Do Brakes Need Replacing?
Eventually, all car rotors will need replacing but the life of the rotors can be extended by routinely maintaining the pads. If the pad replacement is neglected the rotors will become damaged and both the pads and rotors will have to be replaced. A general guideline is to replace the pads every 10,000 to 20,000 miles and the rotors every 50,000-70,000 miles.
Many factors play into the lifespan of brakes. The driving habits of the driver must be considered. Gradual braking is better than constant riding of the brake petal. Also, stop-and-go traffic and hilly terrain both add extra stress to pads and rotors. It is wise to consult the car’s owner's manual and to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure you are attending to your brakes properly which will give you peace of mind you are riding in a safe car with well-functioning brakes.
October 2022 Brakes For Breasts!
In the month of October, to bring support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering our customers FREE brake pads or brake shoes. Our Brakes For Breasts special includes the following:
Get a free brake inspection with a complete evaluation sheet of the brake system and vehicle!
Any brake pads or shoes are Free this month! You simply pay for the labor & any additional parts.
10% of the job + our 10% personal match on any other parts that might be needed will be donated to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition during the month of October!
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your brakes!