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Brake Repair Service

The brakes on your vehicle are invaluable to your safety and the safety of your family. Even the motion of braking becomes almost involuntary over time. Of course, the force of your ankle is not enough to bring a two-ton vehicle to a stop. The process involves hydraulic pressure, which is relative to the pressure applied by your foot, that engages the brake pads which use a push-or-pull motion (force) to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Types of Brakes

There are two types of brakes, disc brakes being the most common. Most cars being manufactured today have at least one set on the rear wheels. To understand the way they work, picture your bike wheels. A part called a caliper is controlled by a cable that connects to your hand brake. When you pull the handbrake, the caliper engages, the brake pads are clamped on the wheel and your bike slows to a stop. On the wheel sits a caliper resembling a pin which is connected by a cable to your hand brakes. The only difference is that the brake pads on a car squeeze the rotor and not the wheel as in the case of the bike.

Rather than a pull, the force involved with drum brakes is a pushing or “wedging action.” A part called a piston pushes the brake shoes apart inside the wheel drum. As it comes in contact with the drum, the vehicle slows down. This involves more force, more friction and produces more heat. As such, drum brakes are vented to release heat.

The emergency brake works on the same concept. A cable, operated by pressing your foot on the brake, moves a lever that forces the two shoes against the drum. Drum brakes should not be trusted at all auto repair shops because they tend to be difficult to service. Our technicians are knowledgeable of every brake type and the labor involved in repairing or replacing them.

People throughout Central Florida come to Cadillac Specialists for our expertise with any and all brake and brake pad types.

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