What types of brake systems does my car have?
Your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system, which allows you to steer as your brakes are engaged. In addition to this, most cars have two or three types of brake systems. If any of these brake systems are wearing out, it is crucial to bring your car into Sav-Mor Automotive for an inspection before their condition worsens. These brake systems are:
- Disc Brakes
If you look through one of your car's wheels, you will see a shiny metal disc just inside. This is called a disc brake. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, a pad of hard-wearing material clamps onto the brake disc and rubs it to make it slow down—in a similar way to bicycle brakes.
- Drum Brakes
Some cars have disc brakes on all four wheels, while others have disc brakes on their front wheels and drum brakes on their back wheels. Instead of the disc and brake block, drum brakes have shoes inside the hollow wheel hub that press outwards. As the shoes push into the wheel, friction slows you down.
Your vehicle's handbrake applies force to the disc and drum brakes in a slower, less forceful way via a lever that's located between your car's two front seats. When you pull on the brake, a system of levers tugs on a pair of sturdy cables that apply the brakes to the back wheels. The handbrake system is completely mechanical and does not use brake fluid like the disk and drum brakes, so it can be used as an emergency brake (with great care) when the other brake systems fail.
How do I know if I need to bring my vehicle in for a brake service or repair?
Taking care of your brakes is crucial to maintaining a safe driving experience for you and your passengers. It is a feature you use everyday, and even a slight change can indicate something is wrong. If your vehicle’s brakes are performing poorly and you are in Plano or Richardson, it is imperative that you bring your car in to Sav-Mor Automotive for an inspection. Some warning signs include:
- The brake light on your dashboard turns and stays on.
If this happens, first make sure your handbrake is not engaged. If your brake light stays on, your vehicle is telling you it is time for an inspection and/or there is a problem with your brakes.
- Your car pulls to one side when braking.
One brake system may be working more efficiently than the other, causing your vehicle to pull to one side when braking.
- Your brake pedal feels soft or spongy.
If you notice a difference in the resistance in the brake pedal — it feels “softer,” or sinks all the way to the floor mat when you press on it — it’s a sign you need immediate service. There could be air or moisture in the braking system or a problem with the master cylinder.
- Your brakes are squeaking, grinding, or squealing.
If you hear a high-pitched noise when applying your brakes, it likely means that your brake pad has worn out. This could also cause a grinding sound; a grinding sound could also indicate a lack of lubrication in vehicles with rear drum brakes.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle to Sav-Mor Automotive in Plano today! We will make sure your shocks and struts work. We can also perform other services you may need, like scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, engine repair, air conditioning repair, or emissions checks.
Your Trusted Shop for Brake Repair
We recommend that you get your car’s brakes inspected once a year. If you are in Collin County, Murphy, Lucas, Garland, or surrounding areas, you can bring your car to Sav-Mor Automotive. Since 1963, we've used the highest-quality tools and parts to make the appropriate fixes to ensure you get back on the road quickly and safely. We will perform a complete brakes diagnostic to determine if the issue is coming from your Ford's brake pads, your Chevrolet's rotors, your Toyota's fluid, your Honda's master cylinder, or somewhere else. Here's why you should choose us:
- We have 80 five-star reviews from plenty of satisfied customers.
- We have a comfortable waiting area with free WiFi, drinks, and snacks.
- We have a shuttle service available if your car is in our shop for an extended period of time.
- All our services come with a 36 month/36,000 mile warranty.
At Sav-Mor Automotive in Plano, we pride ourselves in providing thorough and transparent assessments of the vehicles we service, so don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle in for an inspection today. If you are in the 75074 area or nearby, you can give us a call at 972-696-7319 or schedule an appointment with us online at https://www.sav-morautomotive.com/appointments! Sav-Mor Automotive: Family owned and operated since 1963.