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Vehicle brakes

The vehicle braking system is imperative to the overall functionality of your vehicle. Vehicle brakes apply frictional force to the wheels, slowing them to a stop. The anti lock braking system is made up of nine components that work collectively to slow, or stop, your vehicle:


  • Brake Caliper

    Function - clamps the brakes pads to the rotor to slow or stop the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - brake lockup, vehicle pulling to the left or right, reduced vehicle braking force, spongy pedal, brake pedal pulsation, longer car stopping distance, fluid leakage near caliper or rotor.


  • Brake Pads

    Function - flat pads that meet the rotor slow or stop the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - chirping, grinding or squealing brake pads, difficulty stopping the vehicle, worn vehicle brake pads.


  • Brake Drum

    Function - a drum that attaches to the wheel slowing its rotation when the brake shoes contact its suface.

    Signs of Wear - reduced vehicle braking force, low brake pedal height, longer car stopping distance, squealing brakes, scraping noise, brake pedal pulsation.


  • Parking Brake Cable

    Function - a cable that connects the parking brake lever to the brake system to still the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - inability to secure car parking brake, looseness in parking brake lever, rear brake lock up, vehicle moves after you have set emergency parking brake.


  • Master Cylinder

    Function - converts brake pedal pressure into hydraulic pressure for brake system operation.

    Signs of Wear - low brake pedal height, spongy or hard brake pedal, fluid leakage on or near the master cylinder.


  • Brake Shoes

    Function - presses against the inside of the brake drum causing friction to slow or stop the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - insufficient friction material on brake shoes, reduced braking friction, low brake pedal height, longer car stopping distances, squeaking brakes, brake pedal pulsation.


  • Brake Hose

    Function - carries brake fluid between the brake line and the brake caliper or wheel cylinder.

    Signs of Wear - spongy pedal feel, visible cracks or wear, fluid leaks, a damp appearance on or near the hose ends.


  • Wheel Cylinder

    Function - forces the brake shoes against the brake drum to slow or stop the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - reduced vehicle brake force, spongy pedal feel, increased car stopping distances, fluid leakage near brake drum.


  • Brake Rotor

    Function - helps slow or stop the vehicle when the brake pads press against its surface.

    Signs of Wear - brake pedal pulsation, squealing or brake grinding noise, low brake pedal height, vehicle pulls to the left or right when vehicle brakes are applied.


We work on all of the above. Plus, we can help you prevent future brake-related issues. Do not drive with underperforming brakes; it is not worth the risk. With the failure of just one vehicle brake your vehicle braking system becomes flawed. Vehicle brakes, in unsuitable conditions, can threaten your safety, especially in bad weather conditions. Brake problems often result in fluid leaks, but they are more commonly identified by a car brake squeal.


Service and Maintenance

Take the following measures to ensure your brakes perform at their peak.

Check brake fluid level everytime you get an oil change. Replace brake fluid as instructed by your owners manual.
Inspect calipers and wheel cylinder's with every brake inspection, and service as necessary.
Often, check brake lines for rust, punctures or leaks.

For best results, bring your vehicle into Wheatland Automotive for a thorough inspection by a qualified technician.



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Services > Vehicle Brakes

Vehicle brakes

The vehicle braking system is imperative to the overall functionality of your vehicle. Vehicle brakes apply frictional force to the wheels, slowing them to a stop. The anti lock braking system is made up of nine components that work collectively to slow, or stop, your vehicle:


  • Brake Caliper

    Function - clamps the brakes pads to the rotor to slow or stop the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - brake lockup, vehicle pulling to the left or right, reduced vehicle braking force, spongy pedal, brake pedal pulsation, longer car stopping distance, fluid leakage near caliper or rotor.


  • Brake Pads

    Function - flat pads that meet the rotor slow or stop the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - chirping, grinding or squealing brake pads, difficulty stopping the vehicle, worn vehicle brake pads.


  • Brake Drum

    Function - a drum that attaches to the wheel slowing its rotation when the brake shoes contact its suface.

    Signs of Wear - reduced vehicle braking force, low brake pedal height, longer car stopping distance, squealing brakes, scraping noise, brake pedal pulsation.


  • Parking Brake Cable

    Function - a cable that connects the parking brake lever to the brake system to still the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - inability to secure car parking brake, looseness in parking brake lever, rear brake lock up, vehicle moves after you have set emergency parking brake.


  • Master Cylinder

    Function - converts brake pedal pressure into hydraulic pressure for brake system operation.

    Signs of Wear - low brake pedal height, spongy or hard brake pedal, fluid leakage on or near the master cylinder.


  • Brake Shoes

    Function - presses against the inside of the brake drum causing friction to slow or stop the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - insufficient friction material on brake shoes, reduced braking friction, low brake pedal height, longer car stopping distances, squeaking brakes, brake pedal pulsation.


  • Brake Hose

    Function - carries brake fluid between the brake line and the brake caliper or wheel cylinder.

    Signs of Wear - spongy pedal feel, visible cracks or wear, fluid leaks, a damp appearance on or near the hose ends.


  • Wheel Cylinder

    Function - forces the brake shoes against the brake drum to slow or stop the vehicle.

    Signs of Wear - reduced vehicle brake force, spongy pedal feel, increased car stopping distances, fluid leakage near brake drum.


  • Brake Rotor

    Function - helps slow or stop the vehicle when the brake pads press against its surface.

    Signs of Wear - brake pedal pulsation, squealing or brake grinding noise, low brake pedal height, vehicle pulls to the left or right when vehicle brakes are applied.


We work on all of the above. Plus, we can help you prevent future brake-related issues. Do not drive with underperforming brakes; it is not worth the risk. With the failure of just one vehicle brake your vehicle braking system becomes flawed. Vehicle brakes, in unsuitable conditions, can threaten your safety, especially in bad weather conditions. Brake problems often result in fluid leaks, but they are more commonly identified by a car brake squeal.


Service and Maintenance

Take the following measures to ensure your brakes perform at their peak.

Check brake fluid level everytime you get an oil change. Replace brake fluid as instructed by your owners manual.
Inspect calipers and wheel cylinder's with every brake inspection, and service as necessary.
Often, check brake lines for rust, punctures or leaks.

For best results, bring your vehicle into Wheatland Automotive for a thorough inspection by a qualified technician.





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