Brake Service

D.W. Campbell Tire & Auto Service knows you need the confidence of knowing when you press your foot to the brake, your vehicle is coming to a stop. Your car’s brakes should be examined at least once a year for the safety of you and your family. Preserving your vehicle's brakes is among the most crucial measures you could take and D.W. Campbell Tire & Auto Service offers quality, affordable brake service in GA.

Brakes are one of the most important safety attributes on your vehicle. There are 2 types of braking systems on most cars; traditional brakes and anti-lock braking system (ABS). A typical braking system is comprised of the rotor, the caliper, and brake pads or shoes. If your brake pads wear and are not changed, the rotors could need to be replaced as well.

What you need to know about Brake Service in GA

You step on the brake pedal, and your vehicle slows and stops. It’s something you take for granted…and if you are like most Americans and drive 12-15,000 miles a year, you’re going to step on that brake pedal about 75,000 times. That might seem like a high number until you consider how many times you alternate between gas and brake pedals in Georgia traffic!

Your brakes are not unlike the hand brakes on a bicycle. The wheels are bolted to smooth steel discs called rotors, and a caliper encloses the rotor. When you step on the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure forces the brake pads inside the caliper to press against the rotor, slowing the vehicle through friction.

The ceramic or semimetallic friction material of brake pads can take as long as 60,000 miles to wear to the point of needing replacement. With such slow wear, it’s difficult to know when they’re reaching that point. These are all signs of brake trouble, though:

  • Longer stopping distances
  • Tendency for one or more wheels to lock up and skid while braking
  • Steering wheel pulls to one side while braking
  • Pulsation or vibration through brake pedal while braking
  • Brake pedal travels farther toward floor before engaging
  • Brake pedal feels “soft” or “spongy” underfoot
  • Brake pedal slowly goes toward floor while holding the vehicle stopped and in gear

If left too long, your brake pads can wear to a point where the steel backing plates and rivets are exposed…at which point the rivets will dig into the smooth steel surface of the rotors and quickly ruin them. Not only will this cost you more money, it’s very dangerous since your only braking ability will come from metal/metal contact!

If you’re noticing any of these signs of brake trouble, don’t put it off. Make an appointment with us at D.W. Campbell Tire & Service in Georgia. It’s not just for your own safety – it’s for the sake of everyone else who has to share the road with you! The quicker you inspect problems and replace brake pads, the safer your automobile will be. Prolonging brake concerns may cause other more costly repairs. 

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