A disc brake consists of a caliper with a pad that squeezes a disc attached to the wheel. A hydraulic brake line connected to the brake pedal activates the piston(s) in the caliper and stops the vehicle. These parts must be able to move freely and require frequent inspection to make sure the effects of heat, corrosion, and wear and tear don’t cause them to seize.
During a disc brake inspection, a certified technician will determine if the discs need to be cleaned and lubricated to extend their lifespan. The technician will also check if worn brake pads or seized calipers need to be replaced and if the disc needs to be repaired or replaced. Brake fluid should be changed according to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.
If disc brakes are not inspected or maintained, they can cause your brake pedal to pulsate, make grinding or squealing metal noises, or cause the wheels or steering wheel to vibrate. If you’re experiencing any of these problems, the proper operation and safety of your braking system may be compromised and you should have your vehicle serviced immediately.
Drum brakes are still used on some light cars and trucks. Located on the rear wheels, drum brakes are composed of a brake shoe that pushes against the inside of a steel drum to stop the vehicle. It’s a simple, effective system that requires minimal maintenance and occasional repairs.
During routine maintenance, if the brakes are making noises, vibrating, or grinding, your Silverstar technician will inspect the system to determine the cause. It’ll probably be necessary to thoroughly clean and lubricate the moving parts. It’s also possible that the drums have reached the end of their service life, the cylinders have seized, or the drum is damaged, all of which will require replacements.
To avoid costly repairs, it’s a good idea to trust a certified technician with the preventative maintenance of your vehicle’s brake system. The technician will check that your vehicle’s drum brakes are working properly and make sure your vehicle is safe to drive.
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