The Importance of Maintaining Your Car’s Brakes
While you may not know exactly how your car’s brakes function, ensuring that they work properly is essential in keeping you, your passengers, and other drivers safe. Keep reading to learn more about brakes, how they work, and why proper brake maintenance is imperative.
How do Brakes Work?
In order for a vehicle in motion to come to a stop, it must eliminate the kinetic energy. When a driver pushes down on the brakes, the car is able to use the force of friction to transform the kinetic energy to heat. When you step on the brakes, the hydraulic system in place multiplies the force of your foot on the brake pedal into enough force to stop the car.
Disc Brakes and Drum Brakes
Brakes are usually one of two types: disc brakes or drum brakes. Disc brakes are comprised of brake discs, calipers, and brake pads. Drum brakes are comprised of a brake drum and brake shoes. In most new car models, disc brakes are used for the front wheels and drum brakes are used for the rear.
Why is Brake Maintenance Important?
Maintaining brakes is extremely important for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, safety is paramount when it comes to driving. Drivers need to be considerate of not only themselves, but all of their co-drivers and fellow passengers on the road with them. Not to mention, if a complication with your brakes goes unnoticed or ignored, this can eventually begin to cause damage to the other parts of your vehicle. At the end of the day, having brakes that are up-to-date and properly functioning could be the difference between a close-call and an unnecessary tragedy. If you notice signs of failing brakes, you should take your car in to see a professional as soon as possible.
Maintain Your Car Brakes Today at Custom Complete Automotive
Brakes are an essential piece of safe driving. At Custom Complete Automotive, our trusted technicians are here to help when it comes to all auto repairs and maintenance. To have your brakes inspected, or to learn more about our auto services, contact us today!
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Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.