Hi, it is your Number 1 Dog Blogger, Cayenne here and I want you all to slow down and stop, yes use those Brakes! Let's talk about brakes since we are on the subject. Safety should always be an important element of your car care. So even if you don’t care about how your car looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself — and other Los Altos auto owners — on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes.
Brakes need a regular inspection. There are important parts that wear out or wear down, and it’s best to replace them before you have problems.
Of course, if you are having trouble with your brakes, NOW is the time to fix them. If your brake warning light is on, that’s a good sign that you need your brakes checked. Los Altos motorists can also tell something is wrong with their brakes by the feel of the pedal or unusual sounds while braking. If the brake pedal is low, feels spongy when you press it or is hard to push, that indicates a problem with your brakes. If you hear squealing, grinding or clunking noises when you brake, that can also indicate problems. If vibrations accompany braking, then it is vital to get your brakes checked.
Brakes come in two basic types. With disk brakes, a rotor is attached to the axle of the vehicle. Padded calipers straddle the rotor, which close when the brakes are applied. The resulting friction causes the rotor — and the axle — to stop turning. With drum brakes, brake pads (also called shoes) press against the inside of a drum to create friction and stop the drum, and hence the sedan’s wheels, from turning.
When Allied Auto Works services your brake system, your personal and trust technician checks all of the brake pads for wear. If they are too thin, they need to be replaced. This is an inexpensive repair at Allied Auto Works compared to what procrastination will cost you. If pads wear away completely, then the rotors and drums can be damaged. They will have to be either resurfaced or replaced, and that can be pricey. But if your sedan brake pads are worn out, then your brakes are compromised and your stopping power is greatly reduced. You could easily wind up in an accident.
Brake pads come in several different grades such as regular, metallic and ceramic. The higher grades are more expensive in Los Altos, but they also work better. CA car owners who want better and smoother braking, should consider upgrading. However, Los Altos drivers should NEVER use a brake pad that is lower than your auto manufacturer’s recommendation.
After you your brake pads are checked at Allied Auto Works, it's essential to have your brake fluid checked. This is a critical element in your brake system. When you press your brake pedal, you are compressing the brake fluid, creating pressure that activates the brake pads. If your fluid pressure is low, it will diminish your braking power. The pads just won’t be able to press hard enough against the rotor or drum to stop your sedan. Just as with worn pads, insufficient brake fluid can lead to a detrimental and costly accident in Los Altos.
Water can build up in your brake fluid, which can cause detrimental corrosion in your braking system. Eventually this can cause your brake fluid to leak. So Los Altos car owners should also change their brake fluid periodically. Your sedan owner's manual will have guidelines on how often it should be replaced or ask a personal and trust tech at Allied Auto Works. We have been servicing brake systems in Los Altos for 28 years.
Remember, Los Altos folks, safety first. It’s critical auto advice for all Los Altos drivers on the road. You’re not just protecting others; you’re protecting yourself.
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