Central Automotive Service Centre, auto repair shop in Surrey, BC
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15370 Fraser Highway Surrey, BC V3R 3P5
Central Automotive Service Centre, auto repair shop in Surrey, BC
Central Automotive Service Centre, auto repair shop in Surrey, BC

Experts in Brake Problems in Surrey, BC

Brake Repair Services at Central Automotive Service Centre in Surrey, BCd
Brake Repair and Service at Central Automotive Service Centre in Surrey, BC

We know from experience, people often wait too long to have their brakes serviced. If you’re hearing any squealing or grinding sounds when you brake (or even when you’re not braking), or if you need to press your brake pedal further than you used to, these may be signs of impending brake problems.

To understand how and why brake problems occur, it’s helpful to know the basic components of your braking system. In addition to your brake pedal, you have:

  • Rotors, pads, and calipers (disc brakes) either on the front or all four wheels
  • Brake shoes, drums, and brake cylinders (drum brakes), generally only on the rear wheels and only on 25-30% of cars and trucks today
  • The hydraulic system, consisting of a master cylinder, slave cylinders, and brake fluid (which transfers and multiplies the force to the braking mechanisms)

So where can issues arise? Let’s follow the steps that occur when you press the brake pedal and find out.

  • The hydraulic system multiplies the force you apply to the pedal so that the pressure applied by the calipers and cylinders is immediate and substantial. The hydraulic system depends on having adequate brake fluid. If the system develops a leak, the force may not be transmitted to the actual braking mechanisms. Leaks in hoses can be fixed, but more severe cases may require replacement of the master, slave, or brake cylinders.
  • Once the force is transferred to the actual braking mechanisms, the friction of the brake pads against the metal rotor stops the axle from turning, ultimately stopping your car. New brake pads are 10-12 mm thick, and brake replacement is recommended when the pad is worn to 2-3 mm.
  • When the pad becomes very thin, you’ll hear a squeal, letting you know you’re nearing the end of the pad’s life. If you continue driving, the sound will go away; however, the problem is still there. The pad’s metal backing will begin wearing on the rotor. Often, this will then require complete replacement of the rotor assembly (in other words, big $).

Routine brake maintenance involves replacing the brake pads and machining the rotors. When the rotors become too thin, however, they’ll need to be replaced.