Brake system: Have it checked regularly.
The brakes on our vehicles are one of the things that keeps up the safest when we are driving, therefore, it can be very dangerous when they go bad. Luckily, most of the time we get a warning that these parts need to be replaced.
Each time you use the brake system to slow down the vehicle, a lot of pressure is put on the brake system and it is only a matter of time before the parts go bad and need to be replaced.
What parts does the brake system consist of?
Most of the modern vehicles are equipped with brake discs. The braking system are one in which the wheels are connected to metal discs which spin in time with the tires and wheel hubs.
The brake calliper works by slowing down the wheels as it creates friction with the rotors. It is essentially a type of clamp which fits around the discs.
The brake pads are the pieces of friction-generating material which are fitted to either side of the calliper. As you put your foot on the brake and push down on the pedal, the pressure stored by the brake fluid pushes a piston against the calliper. This causes the calliper to squeeze the brake pads against the brake disc, which in turn slows down the speed of the spinning wheel by restricting its ability to move freely.
When this process happens simultaneously on all four wheels it will slow the vehicle down in a controlled manner and will eventually bring the vehicle to a complete stop.
As the brake pads are made out of softer material than the brake discs, it is the pads that usually wear out faster.
What happens when the brakes wear down?
Every time you engage your vehicle’s brakes, you are causing wear and tear on your brake pads. Over time the brake pads become thinner and thinner and they will eventually get to the point where they should be replaced.
1. Squealing or screeching noises- The first sign is a squealing noise when you engage your brakes. This sound is caused by a small, metallic shim indicator that’s embedded in your brake pad for just this purpose. When you hear it regularly, it is best to replace the brake pads at your vehicle specialist.
2. Less than a quarter inch of brake pad- You can also visually inspect your brake pads to know if it is time to have them replaced. When looking through the tire spokes you should see the brake pads compressed against the rotor. If the pads are less than 3 millimeters, you should consider having the brakes inspected and replaced.
3. Indicator lights- Some vehicles have an indicator light on the dashboard that will turn on when it’s time to replace the brake pads.
When you identify these problems regarding your vehicle’s brakes, you should visit your Audi and Vw specialist at V.A.G Spec Centre.
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