Being able to brake and stop completely whenever you need it is one of your car's most important safety features. But what happens if the brakes start to perform worse? Is it directly connected to the brake system? Most of the time, it is, but if you want to know some of the reasons you might be experiencing decreased brake performance, continue reading.
Bad Brake Rotors
One of the major components in your brake system is the rotors. They are circular discs mounted to the wheels. When you press the brakes, the brake pads are pushed to it, and contact is made between the two, resulting in a decrease in speed. That's why when the rotors are damaged, warped, or worn down, slowing down becomes difficult.
Worn Out Brake Pads
An obvious reason for bad brake performance is worn-out brake pads. When they wear out to a certain point, they start to perform worse. Make sure to inspect them regularly and change them when needed.
Brake Line Issues
Brake lines are, as their name implies, lines that connect the brake pedal and calipers. When you press the brake pedal, the signal is transferred along the brake line and to the caliper. Then the pistons push on the brake pads, resulting in contact with the rotors - slowing down the car. When they are experiencing leaks or are low on fluid, issues may arise.
Stuck Brake Pistons
The caliper pistons have one job, to expand and decompress when the brake pedal is pushed. As a result, they push the brake pad to the rotor, resulting in deceleration. When these exact pistons are stuck or filled with debris, they start to experience difficulties doing their job. Make sure you get them cleaned or replaced the next time you are at a repair shop.
Brake Repairs At Don's D.I. Auto & Truck Service!
If your vehicle is long overdue for some brake repairs or you suspect some of the problems from above, make sure to visit our shop! Our team will be happy to help out and get you back on the road ASAP!