We have our vehicles so we can jump in and go somewhere...but once we get close, it’s important to stop there! Your brakes are located on each wheel, and they use friction to slow the rotational energy of the wheels so you can slow down and stop where desired. They are complex systems using hydraulic fluid, mechanical parts, computer controls, friction material, and electrical sensors. Some systems on hybrid vehicles also use generators on each wheel to put power back into the battery pack when slowing the vehicle to a stop.
Brake pads and rotors take a massive amount of abuse, as they are the main component that turns the rotational energy into heat. This means that these parts are designed to wear out over time, so it’s important to inspect your brakes regularly...usually at every tire rotation or anytime the wheels of your vehicle are removed.
All modern cars today are required to have “anti-lock” brakes, so there is a computer in the system with sensors to modulate stopping power at each wheel. A thorough inspection will also include looking at the sensors and diagnostics of the entire system to be certain the brakes are working properly.
If you suspect a brake issue...stop! A faulty braking system can be extremely dangerous, not only to you, but to others on the road as well. Call us and discuss your issue with one of our knowledgeable consultants, and if inspection and repair are needed, have the car towed or flat bedded in.
The safety of your vehicle for you and your family is our number 1 concern, so when it comes to brake issues, we’ll stop at nothing to be sure your braking system is working effectively.
I want to hear from you if you have any questions, or are not satisfied with any part of the service experience. Please call us if you need an appointment, or to let me know about the quality of your experience. It’s my goal and responsibility to provide you with the very best service and vehicle care possible!
At Rick's Automotive Inc., your complete automotive care center in Granada Hills, CA we install only quality replacement parts. Give us a call and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road. We serve Granada Hills and the surrounding areas.