In Phoenix AZ, brake repair is not often thought about because the driving conditions are fantastic for the vast majority of the year, but that doesn’t mean that brake repair should be pushed to the bottom of your maintenance schedule. No one would be happy to find out that they need major brake work. At Johnston’s Automotive, we want to help you to prolong the life of your brakes, help you to know how your car brakes work and how to make them last as long as possible.
The real trick to requiring very little brake maintenance is actually in the way that you drive. The reason for this is because every time you step on the brake pedal, you are actually applying force to the spinning portion of your wheel and creating friction on the brake pads or shoes to slow the vehicle down. Friction makes the brake pads and shoes degrade slowly over time, eventually wearing down the layers until replacement pads or shoes are necessary. The best way to prolong your brakes life is actually to use them as little as possible, allowing your vehicle to decelerate naturally and only brake when it is necessary.
If you ever find hear a screeching or grinding noise coming from your brakes, you need to have them serviced immediately. This needs to be addressed not only because your vehicles ability to stop has been compromised, but the metal to metal contact will create grooves in the wheel rotors. Grooved or warped brake rotors are a huge problem because; the brake pads are no longer making contact with the entirety of the rotor and make stopping more difficult.
Though we never like to see peoples brakes in such condition, if your brake rotors become damaged, we are able to repair them in our in-house machine shop can machine brake rotors, gettingyou back in top condition.
Aside from the pads and shoes, there are other necessary components in place to help your vehicle stop when it needs to. Let’s take a quick look at the power brake system and why it is so important.
The power brake system is what transfers and amplifies the strength of your foot to the wheels and stops them from spinning. This process is achieved by hydraulic pressure. The important thing to remember is that without the hydraulic pressure, your vehicle will not have the stopping power required to bring your vehicle to a stop. Degradation in this system is usually caused by a leak somewhere along the lines. Lack of pressure can cause mushy breaks, a decrease in stopping power or the inability to stop at all.
Because your brakes are the foremost safety feature of your vehicle, it is extremely important to keep them in good condition, we suggest that you have your brakes inspected for wear every 12 to 15 thousand miles depending on your specific car and the way you drive. If would like to schedule an appointment or get more information on what we can do for your vehicle, give us a call and we will be happy to help however we can.