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Brake Replacement: What is the Culprit?

Brakes

What is the Culprit that leads to Brake Replacement?

Most drivers are aware that brakes don't last forever. Vehicle owners know that eventually some form of brake repair will be required, and possibly a complete brake replacement. Because the most common type of brakes currently used are disc, this article will focus on them as opposed to drum brakes, even though some are still in use on the rear tires in some cars.

How Do Disc Brakes Work?

Disc brakes are a fairly simple concept. They have a disc, a caliper, and a pad. When you press the brake pedal, fluid pushes the caliper to the pad which then pushes to the disc, creating the friction that causes the wheel to come to a stop.

Common Issues Leading to Brake Repair

One of the most common causes leading to brake repair is insufficient brake fluid that leads to the caliper wearing down or the pad becoming to thin and no longer effective. The fluid helps to keep the braking components working smoothly and without significant wear and tear. A low level of hydraulic fluid also contributes excessive wear and tear. However, the pads will often need to be replaced as part of the normal wear and tear.

Common Issues Leading To Extensive Brake Replacement

Brakes that need to be replaced commonly have worn down calipers or discs that have slipped from their joints. Worn braking components commonly need to be replaced completely as opposed to more simple repairs, typically due to a prolonged period without fluid, which causes grinding between the different braking components. Overheated brakes can lead to brake failure and damaged components in the braking system that often needs to be replaced completely.

Brake problems are serious and should be addressed as soon as possible by a professional brake repair technician. Don't take chances with your safety.

For answers to your questions about brake replacement, contact our ASE Certified technicians at Kestner Automotive today for more information about our brake repair services and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Columbia, SC, and the surrounding area.

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