When you think about your vehicle’s essential parts, you probably think about what makes it go. However, the things that make it stop are even more critical. You need your brakes to drive safely, and brake failure can make you a hazard to yourself and everyone else on the road. That is why picking a reliable company for your truck brake repair needs is essential.
Regular brake inspections should be part of your truck’s maintenance schedule. In addition to checking your brake’s performance, your mechanic can visually inspect shoes and drums when performing other maintenance or repairs. Those routine inspections can let you know if your brakes need replacement before you experience any problems.
Routine brake maintenance can keep you from ever needing emergency brake repairs. It can also keep you from experiencing more severe problems. For example, worn pads, shoes, or drums can lead to damaged rotors. We can resurface rotors with minor damage, but significant damage may require new rotors. That can mean much more expensive repairs.
How Do I Know if I Need Brake Repair?
People think of brake failure as being dramatic and total. However, most of the time, brake problems will begin with subtle signs.
- Pulling to the Side When Braking
- Spongy Brake Pedals
- Not Stopping as Quickly as Possible
- Brake Warning Light
These signs can let you know that there is a problem with your brake system. You should have your brakes checked if you notice any of them. It would help if you did that quickly since brake issues can rapidly deteriorate.
How Do Brakes Work?
Although your truck’s brakes have some modern advancements, they remain a relatively simple system. You depress your brake pedal, which controls pressure in your brake lines. Smaller trucks use liquid to create pressure. Larger trucks or semis use air brake systems. In those systems, compressed air provides the pressure. Either way, the pressure pushes the brake shoes onto the brake drums. That creates friction, which slows and then stops the wheel.
Components of a Brake System
Brake systems have similar components.
- Brake Pads
- Brake Shoes
- Hydraulic Systems (Lines and Reservoirs)
- Parking Brakes
We can maintain, repair, or replace any of those components, to ensure your brakes are working correctly.
Contact B&L Towing Today
Not sure if your brakes are having a problem? Come in today for a truck brake repair. We can inspect your brakes to see if they are safe. If not, we can schedule a brake service and get you safely back on the road.