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How Your Car’s Brakes Work

Friday, December 25th, 2015

You probably don’t think much about your brakes, and that’s actually a good sign that your brakes are in good shape and working as expected—after all, brake problems are almost impossible to ignore. But perhaps you’re curious about what happens when you push down on the brake pedal that causes your vehicle to slow down and eventually stop. If so, who better to answer that question than Tucson’s premier automotive repair shop? Here’s a quick explanation of how your car’s brakes work, courtesy of Automotive Recalibration Center.

Brake System Components

Before you understand how your car’s brakes work, it’s important that you first know about the components that make up the brake system as a whole. A typical brake system is made up of a brake pedal, brake booster, master cylinder, combo valve, brake lines, discs, calipers, and drums. You’ll learn more about some of these components in the next section.

Auto RecalibrationHydraulics and Friction

Brakes operate on two simple principles: hydraulics and friction. Hydraulics refers to the pressure exerted on the calipers via the brake fluid, which causes the brake pads to clamp down and slow the tires. The principle of friction applies to those pads which press against the spinning disc. Brake pads are quite rough and the friction resulting from the clamping action causes the car to slow down and ultimately come to a stop.

Signs of Brake Trouble

It’s good to know how brakes work, but it’s even more important that you know how to spot the signs of brake trouble so you can visit an auto repair shop before things get worse and your ability to safely brake is compromised. The most common signs of brake trouble are:

  • Screeching, grinding, squealing, or any other unusual noises during braking
  • Brake warning light on the dashboard
  • Vibration or pulsation in the brake pedal or steering wheel while braking

As you can tell from our blog, we’re big on communication at Automotive Recalibration Center. In fact, we feel good communication is one of the most important factors that allows us to serve our customers efficiently and leave them satisfied with their automotive repair experience. To learn more about our shop or the automotive repair services we provide in Tucson, call us at (520) 433-4147.

Extending the Lifespan of Your Vehicle

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Buying a car is a big investment, which is why it makes sense to keep your vehicle on the road as long as possible. Keeping your vehicle in good shape can also save you money that might otherwise be spent on repairs due to neglect. Although other automotive repair shops in Tucson might hope that you neglect your vehicle and need lots of repairs as a result, everyone here at Automotive Recalibration Center would rather you get many more years and many more miles out of your car. To help, here are some of our top tips for extending the lifespan of your vehicle.

Stay On Top of Routine Maintenance

Regular maintenance is one of the most important ways to add years to your car’s life, and it’s also one of the easiest. Being consistent with your vehicle’s service schedule will help keep all the critical parts and components in great shape as long as possible. Sticking to your maintenance schedule can also help you catch minor problems before they get worse and lead to premature vehicle failure.

106678852Don’t Ignore Obvious Signs of Trouble

Routine maintenance will certainly help extend the life of your vehicle, but it won’t necessarily prevent any problems from occurring. When issues do arise, it’s important that you seek immediate repairs. Automotive problems won’t go away on their own, but instead will only get worse over time. Learn to spot the early signs of car trouble and have your vehicle check out at the first sign of an issue to save time, money, and to keep your car in tip-top shape.

Drive with Care

Adjusting your driving style to minimize wear and tear will pay huge dividend over the life of your vehicle. Accelerate gently from stop lights and stop signs, avoid abrupt braking, and complete turns slowly to keep wear and tear to a minimum. Driving with care can also help you get better fuel economy and can even save you cash in repairs and replacement parts over the life of your vehicle.

Automotive Recalibration Center is happy to be your partner in keeping your vehicle on the road as long as possible. Our automotive repair shop has served Tucson drivers since 1977. Contact us online or call us at (520) 433-4147 to learn more about our maintenance and repair services.