Brake Repair: Bountiful

Technician doing repair and maintenance on brake rotor Brake repair and maintenance is one of the most important concerns in your car. Malfunctioning brakes can compromise your safety faster than just about any other problem. Our technicians at Master Muffler in Bountiful are highly skilled. We’ll identify and correct problems with the braking system in your car in a timely matter. Whether it’s a brake pad replacement, or a safety check, we’ll have your car running safely in no time.

How Brakes Work

The braking system in a car is relatively simple. However, each part must be correctly working in order to ensure proper overall function. A braking system is made up of:
  • Brake discs
  • Brake calipers
  • Brake pads
These parts are all connected and fueled by a hydraulic system that connects your brake pedal to all four wheels. When you press the brake pedal, it compresses hydraulic fluid. The hydraulic system multiplies the original force used greatly, which gives the braking system enough energy to squeeze the brake disc and the brake pad together, creating friction that slows and stops your car. Even better, the hydraulic system evenly distributes the pressure between all four wheels, allowing you to stop safely and predictably.

Warning Signs of Brake Problems

Malfunctioning brakes will usually give you some warning signs. If you spot any of the problems below, give us a call right away. Warning signs from your brakes should never be ignored.
  • Screeching or grinding sounds: Usually these sounds are an indication that the brake pads have worn down. Brake pads need to be replaced periodically, and it’s best done sooner rather than later, as this could cause damage to other parts if it’s not taken care of.
  • Vibrations in the brake pedal or in the wheel when braking: Vibrations could be a warning sign that something in the system is misaligned or feeling strain, especially the rotor.
  • Burning smells: This is a huge warning sign that your brakes are unhappy. While you might experience this happening when you’re excessively using your brakes, it could also cause your brakes to overheat. If you’re experiencing a burning smell when you don’t believe that you’re using brakes more than usual, it could mean that something in the system isn’t releasing properly.
  • Loss or increase in pressure: If your brake pedal is suddenly feeling softer (or sometimes harder) it usually means that something has changed within the hydraulic system. There could be something wrong with the master cylinder, or there might be foreign materials (air or water) that have gotten into the system. In any case, this warning sign should be heeded right away.
  • Brake light: Some cars are equipped with an indicator light to alert the driver to necessary brake maintenance and repair.

Brake Inspections

Man repairing and maintaining brake rotor Whatever your issue with your brake system, we can help identify and repair it. Remember, you don’t need to be experiencing a warning sign to get a brake inspection. Come in for an inspection today to make sure that your car is safe and functioning properly.

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