3 Things You Should Know About Your Braking System

Your braking system is such an important part of your car’s overall health, especially during the coming winter months. That’s why it’s vital to have at least a general understanding of how your braking system works. Similar to how your own body works, the entire brake system operates as a whole; if one part is off, then the whole system is off. Keep reading to learn the 3 things you should know about your braking system!

How do your brakes actually work?
When you press down on the brake pedal, you’re activating the cylinder that delivers brake fluid to your car’s calipers. Brake calipers apply the pressure needed to activate your brake pads, so they make contact with your tire’s rotors. The rotors are attached directly to each tire, and when the rotors spin, so do your tires. To get them to stop spinning when you brake, your brake pads create friction against the rotors and slow them down or stop them completely. If any one part of these components aren’t working correctly, from your brake fluid to your brake pads, your braking and stopping abilities are greatly decreased. 

What goes into a brake inspection? 
When you have the trusted auto mechanics at Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers give your car a brake inspection, you can be sure you’re getting a thorough and comprehensive service. Our auto mechanics will go over your car with a fine-toothed comb, checking your brake pads, calipers, rotors, wheel cylinders, and hardware such as springs and adjusters. They’ll also check that none of your brake’s hoses are leaking or damaged, your parking brake cables, the wheel bearings and grease seals, and all the fluids your brakes need to function properly. This may sound like a lot, but to the team at Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers, we take the time to perform these extensive checks so you don’t have to worry about them down the line. 

During your brake inspection, you may also want to have your auto mechanic check out your car’s cabin filters and air filters. With all the fires in and around California, ash will have accumulated, making your air filtration system work harder. By having your auto mechanic go through, inspect, and potentially replace them, your air filtration system will work more efficiently, and you’ll be breathing in less ash and dust. 

How often should you have your brakes inspected? 
Just like you go to the doctor yourself for your routine or annual checkups, you should view your car’s health in the same light. Having your brakes checked on an annual basis will give you the confidence you need when driving during the colder winter months, and allow you peace of mind while on the road. During this inspection, you’ll also be giving your auto mechanics the chance to check out your car’s overall health, which will aid in spotting smaller repairs before they become costly problems down the line. However, if you’re experiencing squeaking, whining, grinding, or any other odd noises or feelings when you brake or slow down, you should call and set up a brake inspection immediately. 

We invite you to visit us at Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers for your next brake inspection to see for yourself how well we treat our family of customers. Our Citrus Heights auto repair shop is located at 7649-A Sunrise Boulevard. Our Roseville location address is 980 Riverside Avenue. The Sacramento auto mechanic team can be found at 49 Bicentennial Circle. Our business hours are Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, and Sat: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Ready for Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers to service your fleet of vehicles? Make a Service Reservation online. Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers: A family business with unsurpassed service since 1965. 


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