Your brakes are vital. Ensure your vehicle can stop safely with professional brake services from Toyota Northwest Edmonton
You push the pedal to the left of the gas and the vehicle stops – an easy to understand concept that’s one of the first things that’s taught to us when we’re learning to drive, but what’s really happening to slow and stop the vehicle? Braking systems are actually quite straightforward compared to the rest of the vehicle - the brake pedal is connected to a power booster, which uses either an engine vacuum or hydraulic pump (depending on the vehicle) to transfer force to the vehicle’s master cylinder. It’s this process that makes the brake pedal easy to press, even though it takes a tremendous amount of force to stop the vehicle. Then, the force in the master cylinder is transferred to push brake fluid through dedicated lines to each wheel cylinder. This slows the vehicle down by using hydraulic pressure from the brake fluid to push down on your rotors. These rotors have brake pads, held by the calipers, on each side of each wheel, which squeeze the wheel and slow the vehicle down with friction. With the amount that your braking system gets used each time you drive, your brake pads, calipers, rotors, and eventually your brake lines all wear down and need servicing and/or replacing to keep the system functioning correctly and keep your vehicle responsive to inputs to the brake pedal. This ensures you can slow down and stop as quickly as possible, should you need to avoid accidents.
When to Service Your Brakes
Servicing the braking system should be done approximately every 80,000 km, though if you do a lot of harsh braking, you will need to bring it in much sooner. You should also have the system serviced if you notice anything out of the ordinary, like a squealing sound, spongy feeling, lack of responsiveness, or an indicator light in your dash. These are all symptoms that something is wrong with a part of the braking system, and it is imperative that you bring the vehicle in for service as soon as possible – as not doing so can put you and others on the road at serious risk. When in doubt, bring it in as it’s much better to be safe than sorry.
Book Your Brake Service at Toyota Northwest Edmonton
Ensuring that your entire braking system is working properly is absolutely vital for the safety of yourself, your passengers, and others on the road. Our experienced, certified technicians know these systems inside and out, so allow us to provide you peace of mind by booking a service appointment at Toyota Northwest Edmonton to make sure your brakes stop like they’re supposed to. Visit us at 14240 137 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5L 5H7, or give our expert service team a call at (780) 900-5888 for more information.