Stopping power is crucial to a safe and successful driving experience. If you think your brakes are in any way compromised, call our centrally-located Boulder brake repair shop to schedule a free visual brake inspection and estimate. Our expert mechanics repair brakes on all makes & models, often while you wait. We offer a comfortable waiting room with free wifi and a complimentary local shuttle to pick you up and drop you off while we repair your brakes, or any other need your car may have.
Whether you need brake pads, rotors, a brake flush or just a service, our certified, experienced Boulder brake repair will help you get safely … and confidently … back on the road in short order.
Are Your Brakes Talking to You?
Often your car’s brakes will let you know when there’s a problem. Whistling noises, chirping sounds, and grinding are indications that maintenance is required. Here are some common causes of brake pedal pulsation and/or noise.
- Worn brake pads
- Heat-cracked or worn rotors
- Loose-fitting brake pads in the caliper
- Missing or damaged noise insulators
- Uneven torque of lug nuts or caliper hardware
Vehicles often come equipped with a small thin piece of metal attached to the brake pad to act as a warning indicator when the pad material is getting low and the brake pads should be replaced. This device makes a chirping noise when braking, letting you know it is time to have your brakes serviced.
Boulder Brake Repair – System Fluid Exchange Service
How Your Car’s Brakes Work
When you step on your brake pedal the pressure of your foot triggers different parts of the car. First, brake fluid is released into the area where the brakes are. This then moves into a leverage, which forces a friction to start. The result is that the leverage forces the car wheels to slow down and move into a stop. With some options, this is done through a hydraulic force, while with others, it is done through an extra part called slaves.
Beyond this, there are different types of brakes that are used for different types of cars. This is dependent on when the car was made, the technology that was available during the time and the way that the car can better function with the brakes. Typically, these are divided into disc and drum brakes, which are different from the shape as well as what type of friction they can create. In newer models, there are also anti-lock brakes, which apply a greater amount of pressure to the brakes at a quicker rate.
If your brakes don’t seem to be stopping as quickly and need more pressure applied to them when you are attempting to stop, it is most likely because the friction is not getting to the correct areas quickly enough. If it is a simple problem, it is most likely because more brake fluid has to be applied to the car. If it is a more complex problem, the pads and other components that help to apply the friction could need replaced or repaired.
If you want to make sure that your car can continue to make a complete stop, knowing how the brakes work and exactly how to maintain them can help you with better functioning with your car.