Brake Repair Specialist
Doctor J Automotive, as a Brake Repair Shop, has extensive experience with automotive braking systems (disc brakes, drum brakes, and anti-lock brakes ABS) and can advise you on the proper care to ensure your car has safe and dependable brakes.
If you have neglected to have your brakes inspected recently or are experience poor braking performance, have your braking system inspected by a qualified service professional.
How your brakes work
The braking system is a hydraulic system that includes:
- Master Cylinder: Fluid is sent from the Master Cylinder to each brake when the brake pedal is depressed.
- Brake Fluid: A special hydraulic oil that is sent through the brake lines.
- Fluid lines: Mostly steel tubes and some rubber, fluid lines direct the brake fluid to each brake.
- Parking Brake: Or emergency brake bypasses the hydraulic system in case of complete failure.
Doctor J Automotive Brake Tips
Brake fluid attracts moisture, and this moisture can rust the insides of the brake system. This moisture was not that big of deal 10 years ago, but on high-tech ABS brake systems of today, the rust and other debris that accumulates in the fluid can do lots of internal damage, and can be very costly. Brake fluid can also break down over time from excess heat that is created from within the brake system.
Make sure that you have the brake fluid changed about every 2 years.
Your service professional can check your drum pads or drum shoes for wear and give advice on when they should be replaced.
If you hear a squealing noise when you apply the brakes, do not ignore them. This is a warning device telling you that your brake pads need replacing immediately. It is dangerous to drive with severely worn brake pads.
Use your parking brake often. It helps keep your brakes properly adjusted.