Brake Pad Maintenance
A lot of folks worry about whether or not their car or truck will start in the morning, and for good reason. But there’s one thing more important than a car that will start up reliably, one that stops reliably. In order to come to a stop safely, cleanly, and to do so with the least amount of wear and tear on your brake system, you need to have your brake pads in good condition.
What Do Brake Pads Do?
Every time you press down on the brake pedal, the brake pad is pressed against a metal drum or metal disc causing the wheel to slow down and stop. Brake pads are made from a specialized, highly durable and heat resistant material that can stand up to a lot of punishment. The purpose of a brake pas is two-fold. Its first job is to apply friction to the rotor, stop the wheels from turning, and bring the vehicle to a halt. Its second job is to protect your drum or disc from being ground down by the piston through metal on metal contact. Going too long on worn pads can damage your disc, and risk total brake failure.
When Do I Need Brake Pad Replacement Service?
You can look at any car or truck and tell whether the owner has gone too long without changing the brake pads. This is because when brake pads become thin, the metal starts to grind on metal and a cloud of fine metallic dust will cover the front wheels. This dust then rusts, leaving permanent reddish-brown stains on the wheels of the car. Drivers who take care of their brakes have clean, shiny front wheels. You will know your brake pads are getting thin if you hear a screeching sound while coming to a stop, or if braking performance starts to degrade. Any audible sound while braking is a bad sign, as is longer stopping distance. Another sign is your brake pedal resting closer to the floorboard than normal. Taking chances with your brakes is a bad idea.
Why Have Your Brake Pads Replaced at Truck City Service in Greeley, CO?
If you detect any of the warning signs mentioned above, the time to bring your vehicle into the professionals at Truck City Service in Greeley, CO is now. Waiting for your brake performance to degrade is dangerous, and can cost you more money than a simple brake pad replacement. Also, even though the sound of screeching brakes is technically a warning at first, it doesn’t mean you can ignore it. Going too long on thin or worn brake pads can damage your rotor, causing you to need to have it replaced or resurfaced. In the worst-case scenario, it can even lead to the failure of your braking system.
Here at Truck City Service, you get top-notch professionals and guaranteed OEM quality parts. Don’t put yourself and other drivers at risk by putting it off any longer.
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