Brake Services in Charleston
Let’s be honest about it, without a fully-functioning set of brakes you will not be able to drive. And not being able to drive means no weekend getaways to the cottage by the lake or the summer house by the sea. Don’t spoil all your driving plans by failing to fix something as simple and important as your brakes.
The fact of the matter is that without a set of brakes your car is not roadworthy. Driving with faulty or damaged brakes isn’t just negligent it is downright dangerous and should be avoided at all times. If you detect a problem with your brakes then do the sensible thing and seek professional assistance.
Slate Auto & Transmission has provided an unrivalled brake repair service for motorists in Charleston for years. Conveniently located in the middle of Charleston our state-of-the-art garage has all the tools, machinery and materials to fix even the most stubborn of brake-related problems. Throw a team of experienced mechanics into the mix and you’re sure to be back on the road in no time at all.
How Brakes Work
In order to know how brake defects occur it is first necessary to understand how brakes work. A fully-functioning set of brakes reduces the speed in your car using friction. In that sense they are, in some ways at least, the polar opposite of the engine which always needs to be lubricated and free of friction to operate correctly.
In the front brakes, friction is created using the brake pads and calipers. While in the back brakes, friction hits the brake drums. Creating this friction is essential to reduce the speed of your vehicle and ensure a smooth driving performance.
Factors that Can Affect this Friction
Greasy or oily brakes are one of the number one causes of brake failure. The reason for this is simple: When oil or grease seeps onto your brakes they automatically become more lubricated and lose the friction that is necessary for them to reduce the speed generated from your engine.
Overheating brake pads result in hot spots. Hot spots resist the friction from brake pads, as the pads have nothing to grasp onto there is no friction. As a result, braking power is lost.
Brake pads wearing thin is another feature of a faulty brake pad system. If you hear your brakes squealing then that is not a good sign. This noise is a clear indication that your brake pads need to be inspected and either repaired or replaced. Determining whether we will be able to repair them or have to replace them will very much depend on how long the depreciation has been allowed to occur for. Like almost anything in your vehicle, the sooner you bring the problem to us the more likely it is that we will be able to fix it.