Brake Problems

How do brakes work?


A braking system consists of a combination of interacting parts that work to slow a vehicle. Brakes use friction to transmit force to the tires, and tires also use friction to transmit that force to the road.


What could possibly go wrong, and what do I do about it?


Squeaky brakes could indicate there the brake pads or rotors are worn, while a disturbing scraping noise could indicate the brake pads need to be replaced, and the problem could result in damage to the rotor. On the other hand, a steering vibration could mean the brake pads are misaligned, and other symptoms, like a spongy pedal or excessive brake pedal travel could indicate worn brake linings or air in the brake system.


What are my options?


Dependent on the complexity of the problem, the vehicle can either be taken to a local dealer or repair shop, or the owner can repair it. There are numerous automotive websites that advertise their services or sell parts. Other sites offer free DIY instructions, and service manuals or other how-to books can be purchased online.

 

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