The braking system in your vehicle is vital to your own safety and the safety of other drivers on the road. It is the only thing that allows you to slow down and come to a stop, and being able to depend on your braking system adds reassurance and confidence to your driving experience. Maintaining brakes, then, is a critical step in routine vehicle service. It prevents a number of issues that can arise from poor maintenance or driving habits.
Noticing The Problem
The first symptom that you may need to service your brakes is either audible or detectable through driver feel. Any vibration or squealing, or if you need to use more force to stop the vehicle, may indicate an issue with the braking system.
Master Cylinder and Brake Fluid
In simple terms, the master cylinder is what pushes the brake fluid to the brakes. If it is faulty, the master cylinder won’t be able to exert enough power to push the fluid.
Calipers, Pads, and Rotors
After fluid is sent to the calipers, they squeeze together and exert pressure on the brake pads, which in turn clamp onto the rotors to slow or stop your vehicle. If any part of this mechanical process is not properly maintained, it could cause major issues when braking.
If you need to have your brakes inspected or worked on, our team of experts at Sunny King Honda is here to help.