Brake Wear & Tear Explained

brake wear and tear

While brakes seem relatively simple, there are several different pieces that go into ensuring they work well. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of maintenance and understand the mechanisms behind different types of brakes to know which parts may need replacement or repair.

 

Why Do Brakes Wear Out?

The state of your brakes will depend on a lot of things. They typically last for approximately 75000 kilometres. However, their lifespan actually varies based on how you drive, the conditions you drive in and the type of brake pads your car is equipped with. Some vehicles have warning lights that indicate that the brake pads have worn thin, but it’s a good idea to get your brakes inspected by a professional regularly.

 

Parts to Replace or Repair

There are several pieces that make up your car’s brakes which may need to be repaired or replaced over time. Some of these components are:

 

  • Brake pads
  • Brake shoes
  • Rotors
  • Calipers
  • Fluid lines

 

Each of these components needs to work properly for your brakes to perform well. Make sure to visit a professional so they can find any issues.

 

Disc Brakes

In cars with disc brakes, disc-shaped metal rotors are located inside each wheel. When the brake pedal is applied, calipers force the brake pads against the rotor. As the pressure on the pedal increases, the wheels slow more and more. Disc brakes are considered safer and more efficient than drum brakes, although they’re more expensive to repair. Most cars have them on the front wheels at the very least.

 

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes are shaped like small, round drums. They’re found next to the car’s wheels and turn with them. When pressure is applied to the brake pedal, the shoes inside of the drum press against the drum’s walls, gradually bringing the wheel to a stop. While these brakes are cheaper to maintain, they run the risk of collecting water, which can impair performance.

 

Repair Your Brakes in Surrey, B.C.

If your brakes are getting old, not performing well, or you simply want to get them checked out, book an appointment for brake service with Minit-Tune. Before coming in for your appointment, don’t forget to check out our available coupons so you don’t miss out on any of our great discounts. Contact our Fleetwood or Scott Road locations to schedule a tune up today!

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