Everything You Need to Know About Your Car's Brake System  

August 2, 2016

Your vehicle's brake system is one of the most important safety components that keeps your car performing at it's best. Just like your body's skeletal system, the brake system relies heavily on each connected part to function properly and safely. When you press down on your brake pedal you are activating the cylinder that sends brake fluid to the brake calipers and then engages the brake pads. From there, the brake pads apply pressure to the rotors, creating just the right amount of friction to safely bring your vehicle to a stop. Each component is connected to another and they must all work together to perform the crucial function of stopping your vehicle.

What You Should Know About Your Vehicle's Brake System

To keep your brake system working properly, regular comprehensive, extensive and reliable brake inspections from Swift Automotive are recommended. When our team is finished, you can drive away with complete confidence knowing that your vehicle has received a brake inspection that is unparalleled in the greater Denver area.

When Do You Need a Brake Inspection?

Rotor Pulsation

If you feel a pulsating sensation when pressing down on your brake pedal, there is a good chance that you may have a warped brake rotor. When a rotor is warped it's no longer providing a smooth, safe and controlled brake safely stop your vehicle and it should be inspected.

Shoe Pad/ Shoe Lining Issues

When you press down on the pedal, the brake shoes or  brake pads located inside of the brake drums or break calipers press against the brake rotors or drums to bring the vehicle to a stop. On average, brake pads or shoes should last for about 35,000 miles but may not always make it that far. Be sure to schedule regular maintenance to keep them working properly and are safe.

Brake Fluid Contamination

In some cases, the more demand you put on your vehicle's brake system —for example, if you frequently tow a trailer or have a daily commute through the mountains— the more likely water contaminates will enter your brake fluid and begin to cause issues. As a rule of thumb, brake fluid should be completely flushed every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

Spongy Pedal

Your brake pedal should always feel firm when you're pressing down to slow or stop the vehicle. If you are experiencing a soft or "spongy" brake pedal there may be a number of issues that need to be inspected to make your vehicle safe to operate. In most cases, a spongy pedal may indicate air in the break lines, damage to the brake lines  or malfunctioning hardware, this can cause something more involved like bad calipers or wheel cylinders.

Hydraulic Components

Other common reasons to schedule a brake inspection with the experienced team at Swift Automotive include:

•      Worn Master Cylinder - The master cylinder is the center of the brake system because it holds the brake fluid and feeds it to both the front and rear brakes. Over time, the master cylinder can wear out causing leaks and a drop in hydraulic pressure.

•      Disc Brake Calipers - Brake calipers work to clamp the brake pad down on the rotors to slow the wheels down. As time goes on they can become corroded and lead to brake fluid leaks or excessive pad wear.

•      Wheel Cylinders - Some vehicles feature disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes on the rear wheel. Sometimes corrosion inside the wheel cylinder can cause brake fluid to leak and a loss of hydraulic pressure, leaving you with a soft brake pedal and dangerous driving conditions.

Schedule Your Brake Inspection Today

At Swift Automotive we have the experience and knowledge necessary to handle any brake system issues. If you are in need of a brake inspection or have other maintenance issues, be sure to visit us online today to schedule an appointment!

Matt Kuchera