The braking system on your vehicle works hard every time you drive. Over time, through normal wear and tear, brakes are rendered ineffective or useless. It’s important to have regular maintenance performed to keep the entire system in optimal shape.
The braking system on each wheel of your vehicle consists of a disc (or rotor), a caliper, and a rubber brake pad. It may seem that a simple push on the brake pedal causes the vehicle to come to a complete stop, but it’s a bit more complicated. The depressed pedal sends brake fluid through the brake lines as a piston moves in the master cylinder. As pistons in the caliper are initiated, the brake shoe pushes against the rotor, causing friction on the brake drum. Essentially, the pressure on the drum will slow the roll of your vehicle, eventually causing it to stop.
Using A Mechanic vs. DIY repairs
Brake pad replacement is one of the seemingly simpler tasks that many DIY car owners might try themselves. While it is one of the easier fixes to master, it’s important that you know exactly what you’re doing if you attempt this at home. When it comes to something as important as your brakes, we at Clark Automotive always recommend a certified mechanic over DIY work. You may save yourself a few bucks, but if the pad isn’t fitted properly or damage occurs to the caliper during the fix, your vehicle may be rendered unsafe on the roads. If your brakes are squeaking, sticking, or seem to take much more pressure than usual to engage, it’s time to see a mechanic.
ASE-Certified Mechanics At Clark Automotive
When you consider the parts that go into a typical braking system, it can be daunting. Therefore, the ASE-certified Mechanics at Clark Automotive always suggest a preventative maintenance plan to customers. A plan typically includes checking over brakes and making small repairs or adjustments, such as replacing your brake pads. Preventative maintenance costs, however, consider the additional funds you will spend if your brake pads go unrepaired over time!
Don’t let your brakes get to a point where your car feels more like a money pit than a mode of transportation! For information on preventative brake repair, or the many other services offered through Clark Automotive, call (763) 784-7944 today. We serve the Blaine and greater Minneapolis areas.