If you don’t repair cars for a living, you probably have a boatload of questions about how they work. At Montgomeryville Acura, we know a lot about brakes, and we’re here to help you learn more about this important safety feature of your vehicle.
Brake Repair Philadelphia: Frequently Asked Questions
There are several questions we get asked all the time. There are some simple answers and some longer answers. Most of these questions are easy ones, so here’s the skinny on three in particular:
Why is my car vibrating when I brake? Your car starts to shake and vibrate when your rotors are damaged. They get warped or get pocks and holes in them, which will cause your brake pedal to vibrate when you try to engage the brake.
Why are my brakes squealing? Your brakes usually squeal for one of two reasons. The most common is that your brake pads need to be replaced. They’re at the point when the warning layer is being engaged. The second is that your brake pads are low quality and need to be replaced to stop the noise.
When should I get my brakes replaced? Your brakes should be replaced at the set intervals in your owner’s manual. Each vehicle is different and your driving habits can change your necessary maintenance schedule.
Terms to Know
There’s also a whole list of terms to know when it comes to your brakes. Here are a few to help you understand how the system works:
Rotors: This part resembles a thick record. It’s made of hard metal and acts as the center of your braking system.
Brake pads: These resemble a flat shoe heel. They’re made of a softer metal than the rotor and act to activate the brakes. They squeeze against the rotor to slow down the rotation and slow down the vehicle.
Brake fluid: This transfers the brake force into brake pad-on-rotor pressure. It’s activated when you press down on the brake pedal.
If you have questions about your vehicle’s brakes or you need a brake service, visit the professionals at Montgomeryville Acura. Our friendly and professional team of service technicians are here to answer your questions and assist you in any way we can. Give us a call at 866-338-1084 to set up an appointment or schedule a service online now.