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Have you ever really given much thought to your brakes? If you’re like a lot of people, chances are the answer is “no” on that. You step on the brake pedal and your vehicle slows down or comes to a halt, and it’s something we just tend to take for granted.
What actually happens, though, is rather similar to how the handbrakes on a bicycle work. Your wheels are bolted to smooth steel disks called rotors, and a heavy caliper encloses part of the rotor. The caliper houses the brake pads, which are a semi metallic or ceramic friction material bonded to a steel plate. When you step on the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure forces the brake pads against the caliper, slowing the vehicle via friction.
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The friction material of brake pads can last for 40-60,000 miles before the pads are due for replacement. Since the wear is so slow and gradual, it can be hard to judge when it’s really time to replace them. These are all signs of impending brake problems, though:
Longer stopping distances
Pronounced pull to one side while braking
Tendency for one or more wheels to lock up and skid while braking
Pulsation or vibration through brake pedal while braking
Brake pedal goes farther toward floor before brakes engage
Brake pedal feels “soft” or “spongy” underfoot
Brake pedal slowly goes toward floor while holding the vehicle stopped and in gear
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Brake pad surface material should be checked twice a year, at a minimum. A sure sign of brake problems is a grinding, metal-to-metal noise while braking. This means that your brake pads have actually worn down to the metal backing plates and the only braking you’re getting is from metal-on-metal contact. Obviously this is not only very dangerous, but it’s quickly ruining your brake rotors.
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Obviously, brake performance isn’t something to just take for granted and forget about for months at a time. Do you suspect you might have a brake problem, or maybe it’s time for a routine brake inspection?
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Make an appointment with us at Automotive Technology of West Islip your safety and that of everyone else on the road with you is depending on it! Call us at(631) 321-5209 to schedule an appointment for a brake inspection today.