A fully functioning brake system is crucial to your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of other drivers on the road. At the first sign of trouble, it’s important for you to get your brakes serviced.
Your vehicle’s brake system involves highly engineered parts and precise movements that stop your vehicle by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy. When you press down on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes a system of hydraulic brake lines leading to each of the vehicle’s wheels, where brake pads or shoes press against a disc or drum and create the necessary friction needed to slow the vehicle to a complete stop. Over time, this friction and heat has the potential to wear down the brake shoes, brake pads, calipers, brake rotors, and other braking components.
Signs You May Need A Brake Service
Bad brakes display warning signs for impending brake service. Below are some common signs that your brakes need to be fixed:
- If your brakes squeal or grind when in use, then your brake pads may be worn and require replacements.
- If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, then this may point to worn brakes, a malfunctioning caliper, or low brake fluid in the brake lines.
- If your brake pedal presses down too easily—also known as “spongy” brakes—then this may be an indication of too much air in the hydraulic brake lines.
- Sometimes, your vehicle’s electronic diagnostic system will alert you to a potential brake issue by a service indicator light on the dashboard.
While these are only some of the most common signs of potential problems with your vehicle’s brake system, noticing these signs and seeking out a brake service can save you money down the line.
Types of Brake Services Offered at Ramona Tire
Our staff is trained in maintaining and servicing front and rear brake systems and all accompanying brake system components like brake pads, brake shoes, parking brakes, rotors, drums, and hydraulic systems. Listed below are services offered at our 17 locations:
Brake inspections are crucial to ensuring safe driving conditions. Determining when to seek an inspection will depend on your driving conditions and preferences. The goal of our brake inspection is to find, diagnose, and discuss any issues while recommending brake repair services. Our methods and items for repair will vary by inspection.
Brakes and Rotors Service
Brake pads and rotors work together to stop your vehicle, and share similar wear patterns. As brake pads compress against the rotor to stop the vehicle, the friction required to slow your wheels creates a large amount of heat that, if not properly dissipated, can wear down your brake pads and rotors. A vibrating brake pedal is one indication that your rotors are damaged and need to be replaced.
When a rotor is removed from the brake assembly, the rotor will be inspected for cracks and other damage incurred during routine operation. Periodic inspections of rotors will prolong rotor repairs and replacements while ensuring your brake system continues operating as expected. Seeking brake rotor replacements within the service intervals indicated by your owner’s manual, or as wear and tear dictates, is an important part of brake maintenance.
Front Disc Brake Repair
Because front brakes provide most of your vehicle’s stopping power, they tend to wear out more quickly than rear brakes. If your brake pedal shakes when engaged, this may also be a sign of bad rotors. Besides incurring additional repair costs, leaving symptoms of an impending front disc brake repair untreated can lead to serious, stressful situations for both yourself and other drivers on the road.
Parking Brake Adjustment
A properly functioning parking brake is critical for your safety and the safety of your passengers. At some point in the life of your brake system, it may be necessary to adjust the parking brake for a few reasons. Parking brakes use cables to transmit lever movement, and these cables stretch through use and as they age. A properly tensioned cable is an important part of firmly engaging a parking brake. A parking brake that no longer grips as it once did or sticks is another reason to seek a parking brake adjustment. Our staff will determine the correct repair or adjustment procedure upon inspecting your parking brake and accompanying components.
Rear Disc Brake Repair
Braking naturally creates a substantial amount of heat and friction, so rear disc brakes will wear from natural use. Routine rear disc brake inspections can prevent excessive wear from damaging other brake components like calipers and rotors. Completely worn brake pads can cause calipers to squeeze metal on metal, which will damage the rotors. Some disc brake pads have a wear indicator strip that makes a whistling sound to notify you when brake pads need replacements. Properly working disc brakes are important for your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road.
Rear Drum Brake Repair
Some brake systems use rear drum brakes instead of rear disc brakes. During use, rear drum brakes create a serious amount of heat and friction that can degrade brake components over time. Because driving on worn rear drum brakes can endanger your life and the lives of others, it is important to repair your brakes as needed. Our rear drum brake repair service can help. We cover rear drum brakes and accompanying components—like brake shoes, wheel cylinders, springs, and self-adjusters—to help ensure maximum drum brake performance.
If you are wondering which type of brakes and rotor service is right for your vehicle, please consult with a member of our service staff today.
Ramona Tire offers brake services throughout Inland Empire and the surrounding areas.