Modern automotive brake systems have been evolving for more than 100 years, and with each new generation they've become more efficient and more dependable.
Brake systems usually consist of a pair of disk brakes in front and disk (or drum) brakes in the rear. A network of metal and rubber tubes and hoses link the brake at each wheel to the master cylinder. The master cylinder is located in the engine bay, typically just in front of the fire-wall. The parking brake lever or pedal, the power brake booster and the ABS system are also connected with the brake system.
At some time, often dependant on weather or just plain wear, most brakes will occaionally squeak a bit when they are applied. If you hear a "squeak-squeak-squeak" when the car is rolling and the brakes are not being applied, it is very likely that the sound is one or more of your car's "brake-wear-sensors". The "brake-wear-sensors" on disk brakes are a small wire that contacts the surface of the rotor. It makes a squeaking sound to let you know it's time to replace the brake pads. On some luxury cars, the "brake-wear-sensors" use lasers to determine the depth of brake pad wear.
If your brake pedal feels soft or "squishy" when you apply the brakes, you need to have them checked as soon as possible by a trained mechanic. Repairing brakes is not a cosemetic fix. Brakes that properly are absolutely essential to the safe operation of your vehicle. Whether you drive a compact car, a heavy-duty truck, or anything in between, It's nice to be able to go from zero to 60 in a hurry, but it is life-or-death essential that you be able to go from 60 to zero in a big hurry. Brake repair is just one of the specialties in which our technicians are trained. We've got years of experience in all phases of automotive repair, so we know precisely which parts need replacing and which ones merely require adjustment. If the problem is an old, dried-out brakeline that could be a major safety issue. The loss of brake fluid can be so gradual that you may never see drips on your driveway or on the floor of the garage. If your pads need replacement or the drums need to be turned, our brake repair experts will find out and get the job done right, at a price that respects your budget!
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