Brakes in Clearwater
BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR CLEARWATER, FLORIDA
What’s stopping you? Looking for brakes in Clearwater? Well maintained brakes are important for you and your family’s safety and their care should never be left to chance. Our vehicle’s brakes are one of its most important safety features on it, and we want to make sure our Clearwater brake service customers stay safe. Whether your brake pads are signaling they need replacement, your brake light is on, or you’re not comfortable with how quickly your vehicle is slowing down, call us or visit us at our brake repair shop in Clearwater and we’ll give you a prompt diagnosis of your braking system’s safety and reliability.
4 signs your brakes may need replacement.
- Your brake pedal is hard when you press on it or presses down to the floor before the brakes kick in.
- The car consistently pulls to the same side when you apply the brakes.
- You notice leaking fluid around the wheel(s).
- You hear a loud screeching noise either when you apply the brakes or while driving.
Any of these symptoms should be checked out to make sure your brakes are working properly. We feel so strongly about our customers safety that we offer full brake saftey inspections absolutely free of charge.
Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don’t stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit Clearwater Auto Repair where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to our Clearwater Mechanics about when it’s time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don’t need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you’ll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it’s too late and you’re ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, contact Clearwater Auto and Truck Repair as soon as possible.
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle’s wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a “like-new” condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. Clearwater Auto Repair will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.
Are you driving with faulty brakes and worn brake pads? Don’t take chances with your safety. You should have your brakes inspected on a regular basis. Depending on your make and model, brake pads should be replaced or repaired every 50,000, but sometimes much sooner. For your own safety, but also for the safety of other drivers on the road, come to us for brake repair service in Clearwater.
How Most Brakes Work
The brake systems on most vehicles are usually disc brakes in both the front and rear of the vehicle. Front disc brake systems contain brake pads, calipers, rotors, and hydraulic components. A disc brake system, the rotor is mounted to the wheel hub, and calipers are responsible for squeezing the brake pads against the disc in order to slow the speed of the turning rotor and bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Because front disc brake systems convert kinetic energy into heat, ventilation slots, holes, or vanes are necessary for expelling heat from the brake system. While the brake pads are already designed to withstand heat, excessive amounts of heat are still damaging to the pads as well as other disc brake components. Brake systems that use disc brakes are known to possess strong stopping power. Like all brake systems, however, disc brakes will wear over time. This is why routine maintenance is important.