Disc Brake Maintenance

Today, we’re talking about disc brakes. Your vehicle weighs several thousand pounds and it takes a lot of force to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop – so everything needs to be in good working order.The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to the auto. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and spins with the wheel as you drive. Your brake pads clamp onto the rotor to slow the wheel. The brake caliper straddles the rotor and squeezes the rotor to slow it down. The calipers contain brake pads which rub on the rotor when you step on the brakes. The brake piston causes the calipers to squeeze and release as you use your brakes.

Disc Brake Pad Replacement Benton HarborYour auto brake pads start to wear the first time you step on the brakes. Eventually the pads are worn out and need to be replaced. If you don’t replace brake pads when they’re worn out, the metal parts of the brake will grind against the rotor and carve grooves into the surface.

If a scored rotor isn’t too bad, a technician can put the rotor on a lathe and smooth it out. If the grooves are too deep, or if the rotor is warped or cracked, you need to replace it. We have been servicing disc brakes for car owners for 25 years.

Servicing disc brakes require special attention to the mechanical sliding and mounting portions of the system. We know the special needs. Sometimes brake pistons can stick and must be replaced. Typically it’s cheaper to replace the entire caliper at Benton Harbor auto service centers than to rebuild the piston.

Car owners who replace their brake pads on time will not only keep their auto stopping safely, but could save money on unnecessary brake repair down the road.
Give us a call Pro Muffler & Brake Shop
269.926.2006
2094 South M-139
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
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