Hit the Brakes: Understanding Car-Brake Failure

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Hit the Brakes: Understanding Car-Brake Failure

6 December 2016
 Categories: Automotive, Blog

The idea of the brakes on your car failing to work when you press the pedal is a terrifying one. Keeping your brakes well maintained is vital if you wish to avoid putting your life in danger. If you have any concerns about the brakes on your car, you should contact an auto mechanic. Below is a guide to three common problems that can affect brakes.

The Three Components of a Car Brake

There are three main components that make up the braking system in your car:

  • Brake Pads
  • Wheel Rotors
  • Brake Calipers

When you apply pressure to the brake pedal, energy is transferred to the calliper, which presses the brake pad against the wheel rotor, slowing the vehicle. However, wear and tear can cause these components to fail. When your brakes start to fail, you may notice that the brake pedal feels spongy and that the brakes are not as effective as usual. This problem will get worse over time until the brakes fail completely.

The Causes of Component Failure

Brake Pads  

The friction created when the brake pad comes into contact with the rotors causes the surface of the brake pad to wear away a little every time you apply the brakes. As the brakes become worn, you may notice a squealing sound when you press the brake pedal. A mechanic will inspect the pads and measure their thickness. If the pads are worn, the mechanic will put in new brake pads.

Wheel Rotors

With use, brake rotors can become covered in oil and rust. This debris can interfere with the contact between the brake pads and the rotor when you press the brake. A mechanic can clean the surface of the rotor to improve the braking ability of your car. If the rotor is damaged, the mechanic will replace it.

Brake Calipers

Over time, brake callipers will begin to suffer from wear and tear. When this happens, a calliper may overheat, and this can have an adverse impact on your ability to slow or stop the car. The mechanic will remove and inspect the callipers for signs of corrosion or wear and either clean or replace them.

If you have any concerns about the brakes on your car or would like to have your car serviced, you should contact a professional auto-repair shop today. Do not delay: not only is driving with defective brakes illegal, but it is also highly dangerous and could place your life and the lives of your passengers at risk.