Your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system, which allows you to steer as your brakes are engaged. In addition to this, most cars have two or three types of brake systems. If any of these brake systems are wearing out, it is crucial to bring your car into The Garage for an inspection before their condition worsens. These brake systems are:
If you look through one of your car's wheels, you will see a shiny metal disc just inside. This is called a disc brake. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, a pad of hard-wearing material clamps onto the brake disc and rubs it to make it slow down—in a similar way to bicycle brakes.
Some cars have disc brakes on all four wheels, while others have disc brakes on their front wheels and drum brakes on their back wheels. Instead of the disc and brake block, drum brakes have shoes inside the hollow wheel hub that press outwards. As the shoes push into the wheel, friction slows you down.
Your vehicle's handbrake applies force to the disc and drum brakes in a slower, less forceful way via a lever that's located between your car's two front seats. When you pull on the brake, a system of levers tugs on a pair of sturdy cables that apply the brakes to the back wheels. The handbrake system is completely mechanical and does not use brake fluid like the disk and drum brakes, so it can be used as an emergency brake (with great care) when the other brake systems fail.
Taking care of your brakes is crucial to maintaining a safe driving experience for you and your passengers. It is a feature you use everyday, and even a slight change can indicate something is wrong. If your vehicle’s brakes are performing poorly and you are in The SOMA District or The Castro District, it is imperative that you bring your car in to The Garage for an inspection. Some warning signs include:
If this happens, first make sure your handbrake is not engaged. If your brake light stays on, your vehicle is telling you it is time for an inspection and/or there is a problem with your brakes.
One brake system may be working more efficiently than the other, causing your vehicle to pull to one side when braking.
If you notice a difference in the resistance in the brake pedal — it feels “softer,” or sinks all the way to the floor mat when you press on it — it’s a sign you need immediate service. There could be air or moisture in the braking system or a problem with the master cylinder.
If you hear a high-pitched noise when applying your brakes, it likely means that your brake pad has worn out. This could also cause a grinding sound; a grinding sound could also indicate a lack of lubrication in vehicles with rear drum brakes.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle to The Garage in San Francisco today! We will make sure your shocks and struts work. We can also perform other services you may need, like scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, and engine repair, Auto Repair, or Diagnostic.
We recommend that you get your car’s brakes inspected once a year. If you are in San Mateo, The Mission District, Haight Ashbury, Noe Valley, or surrounding areas, you can bring your car to The Garage. Since 1998, we've used the highest-quality tools and parts to make the appropriate fixes to ensure you get back on the road quickly and safely. We will perform a complete brakes diagnostic to determine if the issue is coming from your Acura's brake pads, your Audi's rotors, your BMW's fluid, your Chevrolet's master cylinder, or somewhere else. Reasons You Should Do Business With Us:
At The Garage in San Francisco, we pride ourselves in providing thorough and transparent assessments of the vehicles we service, so don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle in for an inspection today. If you are in the 94103 area or nearby, you can give us a call or schedule an appointment with us online at www.thegaragesf.com! The Garage - The Garage - San Francisco's Auto Repair and Body Shop.