Most of the time, it seems that everyones primary concern is keeping their vehicle running, but it is also important that your car or truck is able to stop. Under normal circumstances a vehicle’s brakes don’t fail all of a sudden. In fact, most brake problems can be felt in the brake pedal or in the way the vehicle stops. For instance, low fluid or leaks in the system are generally noticeable when the pedal isn’t firm. These conditions can result in air in the brake lines which can be a very serious condition. Air makes the brakes unreliable and can result in the vehicle braking erratically or taking longer to stop than necessary. When this problem occurs, a mechanic trained in Brakes Casper WY will need to locate the cause, make repairs and bleed the air out of the lines.
There are two general types of automotive brakes. The first is the drum brake which was once the only type of available brake system for passenger cars and pickup trucks. Drum brakes work by applying friction to the hub or drum which holds the wheel. Drum style brake shoes are two matching, curved components designed to apply force over most of the drum. The other brake system is known as disc brakes. This method of vehicle braking applies friction on both sides of the rotor. Its primary benefit is better braking action and smaller parts. Drum brakes require a unique combination of springs and pins to secure them in place while still allowing them some movement. Disc pads sit over the pistons of the caliper and float over the rotor.
Your vehicle may have drum brakes, disc brakes or a combination of both. Most modern vehicles tend to use disc brakes with assistance from an anti-lock brake system (ABS). ABS is a series of valves, controllers and pressure systems that predict when the wheel is skidding, release pressure on the specific brake and restore that pressure afterwards. This may seem like a lot of effort, but most of the decisions are determined by a computer chip. Keeping these systems checked is the best way to ensure your vehicle will stop properly. If your car or truck needs Brakes Casper WY, then it is time to visit the brake experts at Doyle Johnson’s Inc.