Since 2001, G&S Autocare has serviced brake systems for all makes and models. We service and replace brake pads, calipers, rotors and more at an affordable rate. We carry brand name quality brake products that are engineered to last and keep you safely on the road. Our team of professional mechanics select the right braking system solution to exceed the demands of your vehicle so you can feel safe. Located in Marpole, G&S Autocare provides auto brake repair and services for the South Vancouver region.
Knowing Your Braking System
Let’s first start with some braking system education. The braking system is compiled of a series of mechanical, electronic and hydraulically controlled components which utilize friction to stop your vehicle. Pressure on your brake pedal activates a piston in the master cylinder, forcing brake fluid through your brake lines to the calipers and wheel cylinders. This produces force on the each piston. The calipers and wheel cylinders contain pistons, which are connected the disc brake or pad. Each piston pushes the attached friction material against the surface of the rotor. This results in slowing down the rotation of the wheel. With all that being said, there are many moving parts and they should all be considered. Below are things to watch for to ensure your braking system is functioning properly:
- Your brake pedal feels spongy when pressed
- Brake fluid in master cylinder low
- Scraping or grinding sounds coming from your wheels
- Your vehicle doesn’t drive in a straight line, pulling to one side
- Braking system dash warning light
Preventative Maintenance for Your Brakes
We strongly recommend you bring your vehicle in to have the brakes checked regularly . Leaving it too long not only leads to dangerous driving conditions, but also the mechanical components could unnecessarily wear out prematurely costing you more. Things like your brake fluid should be tested regularly for possible contamination that could be introduced into the brake system. Brake pad levels should also be checked regularly to prevent unnecessary rotor damage. Servicing your brake system can be a fairly inexpensive service to stay on top of. Brake repairs only gets expensive if you leave things too long.