Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. By having Santin Auto & Truck Repair inspect your truck’s brakes, you’ll not only protect yourself but it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.
Auto Brake System Components That Can Fail
The master cylinder, the heart of the vehicle’s braking system holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered, and the brake pads will become ruined.
The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.
The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.
Diesel Truck Brake Components
Unlike automobiles, diesel trucks don’t use brake lines or brake fluid in their brake system. Instead, they utilize a combination of compressed air and friction to bring the truck to a stop. Components like the air tanks, compressed air governor, and brake controller can all develop leaks or wear which prevents them from properly retaining the compressed air required to properly stop. When you bring your truck into Santin Auto & Truck Repair, we’ll inspect these components for any sign of leaks or wear, repairing and replacing things as necessary to ensure optimal performance.
Within the drum assembly, (which is where the friction comes in) brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal, or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction in conjunction with compressed air to stop the truck, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the calipers and cylinders they are attached to grind against the rotors and drums and damage them.
Whether it’s your car or a fleet truck giving you problems, Santin Auto & Truck Repair has you covered. We provide in-depth and comprehensive brake system repair and maintenance services so no matter the make or model of the vehicle in question, the team can handle it. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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