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Almar Automotive Brake Repairs and Maintenance

Brakes. A simple, small word but boy is it a mouthful! Pads, rotors, drums, shoes, fluid, calipers, hardware, hydraulics, parking brakes, front brakes, rear brakes, master cylinder, ABS, dash light, steel lines, full replacement or service only…..where to start…….or rather where to stop.

brakesBrakes are a normal wear item for any vehicle and need to be serviced and/or replaced periodically. Depending on your driving habits having your brakes inspected annually makes good sense. Knowing the condition of your braking system lets you plan ahead so the brakes won’t get to the ‘metal-on-metal’ point. Symptoms of brake problems may include: low brake fluid level, dragging or sticking brakes, squealing, pulsating brake pedal, grinding noises, low brake pedal or pulling when braking.  If your vehicle has any of these symptoms get it checked out by a qualified technician as soon as possible.

Most brake ‘jobs’ consist of replacing the pads and rotors or drums and shoes, the hardware and servicing the moving parts. When your brakes are inspected and your technician finds that your vehicles pads and rotors or shoes and drums are still in good condition, he may recommend that your brakes need servicing only. Servicing your brakes can help prolong the intervals between part replacements by keeping everything moving freely for better fuel economy and longer brake life. Below are some quick facts on some of the more frequently seen brake topics.

Pads and shoes are the wearable friction elements of your cars braking system. Historically, brake pads and shoes contained asbestos compounds. Today they are more likely to contain semi-metallic compounds, non-asbestos organic compounds and ceramics, among others.

Drums and rotors( or disc) are the spinning part of the brake system that comes into contact with the lining material from the brake pads and shoes. Drums are usually made of cast iron and rotors can be made of cast iron or a cast iron and stamped steel composite center. Drums and rotors must be able to remain stable even when subjected to high temperatures of repeated braking.

Brake hardware(kit) generally refers to the supporting hardware for drum and rotor brakes and is used to retain the brake parts in a certain location or to return the parts to certain positions

Brake lines carry the brake fluid from the master cylinder to various other brake parts. Frayed, cracked, brittle or corroded lines require immediate attention. When brake lines are replaced they are tailor-made and custom fitted to your vehicle. Brake flex lines connect the more rigid brake lines to the brake parts on the movable wheels.

Brake fluid is a specially formulated fluid used in the brake system. It has a high boiling point, doesn’t freeze in the winter and withstands extremely high hydraulic pressures. Ideally at every oil change the brake fluid in the master cylinder reservoir should be tested and its level confirmed. Time, moisture and driving conditions cause the fluid to break down and the fluid will need to be changed and the system flushed. If you find that brake fluid needs to be added frequently, there may be a leak in the hydraulic system requiring inspection by a qualified service technician as soon as possible.

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