At Chris Car Repair Auto Service, we’ll thoroughly inspect your entire brake system, explain any service we might recommend and provide you with a written estimate before we start. It will never cost you more than our estimate and we guarantee every part and service.
Chris Car Repair Auto is happy to explain the various components of your braking system in person. However, for those of you who like to do your research on auto brake repair, we also want to provide you with as much detail on the basic principles of how your brake system works. This way you have a better understanding of what needs to be done and can make informed decisions when your brakes need servicing.
Disc brakes and drum brakes are the two main types of brakes. Most vehicles use disc brakes on the front of the vehicle and drum brakes for the rear wheels. The reasoning behind this is to balance car performance, versus car expense, which will be explained further below.
Brake Rotors and Drums:
Drum brakes get their name from how the braking components are housed in a round drum that rotates along with the wheel. When you press the brake pedal, the shoes inside the drum press against the drum, slowing down the wheel. The problem with having the components in a drum is that the heat from the friction is contained and once they are saturated with heat, they lose the ability to halt a vehicle.
Disc Brakes and Brake Calipers:
Disc Brakes rely on friction to slow down the vehicle as well, however they are not as prone to overheating. The difference is that the components are not stored in a drum. Rather the disc brakes use slim rotors and calipers to halt wheel movement. Disc brakes are exposed to air, so they are not so easy to overheat. Disc brakes are far more expensive than disc drums, which is why auto experts have decided to only put them on the front wheels. This balance of disc brakes on the front, with drum brakes on the back provides ample safety for the majority of your driving conditions, without driving up the initial cost of your vehicle.
Brake Pads and Shoes:
Just like visiting your dentist, preventative maintenance on your car can save you time and money on repairs. Relying on strange noises like squeaking, grinding and squealing when you press the brake pedal is a clear sign you need to change your pads and shoes. However, a better alternative is to have your brake shoes and pads inspected annually as that grinding noise may be cause by metal on metal friction. When your brakes pads and brake shoes wear through, expensive components like your brake drums and brake rotors can be damaged, leading to costly rotor and drum replacement.
Brake hardware refers to the various components to keep your brake equipment working properly and in place. Examples of brake hardware for your brake discs include anti-rattle springs, pad-retaining springs, shims, caliper pins, support keys, return springs and retaining screws. With your drums you’ll have adjuster springs, adjuster screw assembly, hold down hardware and return hardware.
When you have your brakes serviced, we inspect, tighten and replace any hardware as needed. As you can imagine, it’s easy for hardware to loosen up when you travel down a bumpy road, or just through general use. Maintaining these components ensure you get the longest life from expensive braking components.