Rear Disc Brake Repair

winter driving, rear disc brake repairSome brake systems make use of disc brakes in the rear of a vehicle
. In most of these systems, the rear brake assembly consists of brake pads, rotors, calipers, and a parking brake assembly. The calipers squeeze brake pads against the rotor, which is mounted to the wheel hub, using friction to bring the rotor and wheels to a complete stop. When you apply pressure to the brakes, the pads are pressed against the rotor with the assistance of hydraulics, creating large amounts of friction which convert kinetic energy into thermal energy. Most brake rotors are ventilated to allow heat to be properly circulated away from the brake system, where it could cause damage if allowed to build to extreme temperatures. We offer rear disc brake repair if damage does occur.

To keep the vehicle from moving, a piston is inserted into the brake pad when you apply the  parking brake of your vehicle. In some systems, a parking brake is assembled in a “drum in hat” fashion, which uses parking brake shoes to prevent the wheels from turning. Brake systems that use rear disc brakes are known for strong, responsive stopping power in the most inclement driving conditions. Even still, rear disc brakes are susceptible to the same wear and tear all brake systems face after years of high temperatures, extreme friction, and repeated use.

Why Rear Disc Brake Repair?

Braking naturally creates large amounts of friction, and therefore heat, which causes rear disc breaks to wear down and degrade over time. It is important to perform regular inspections of your entire braking system to prevent excessive wear, which can ultimately cause damage to other vital braking system components such as your rotors or calipers. If your brake pads have worn through completely, they can cause metal-on-metal contact, which will damage the rotors fairly quickly.

Some disc brakes are outfitted with an indicator strip that makes a whistling sound when too much wear has occurred to notify the user when it’s time to replace the brake pads. Calipers can sometimes become stuck, causing quicker wear on your brake pads. If you hear squealing or grinding noises, or experience any other trouble while braking or attempting to brake, be sure to seek a professional auto repair technician. If you need rear brake repair in Oak Ridge, TN or the surrounding area, call People’s Choice Auto Repair at (865) 272-3379.