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What You Need To Know About Your Car’s Brakes

If the engine is the heartbeat of your vehicle, then what are the brakes?

One could argue that they're more than the feet, or the shoes — they're almost like the brain, telling your car when it should stop and when it's ok to proceed.

No matter what type of analogy you find to describe your vehicle's brakes, one thing remains clear: healthy brakes are critical when it comes to your vehicle as well as your safety.

Our Boulder auto shop specializes in brake repairs, inspections, and replacements for a number of vehicles, makes, and models.

The number one goal at The Shop Automotive is customer satisfaction and safety, which is why our highly skilled technicians spend time throughout the year in certification and continued education on both foreign and domestic vehicles.

When it comes to brake repair in Boulder, The Shop Automotive is your Top Rated Local® partner. Learn more about your brakes in this blog and schedule a brake repair appointment with our Boulder auto shop today.

What Do Brakes Do?

This is a pretty obvious question to answer.

Brakes are a vital component of your automobile's intricate systems which allows it to operate — but more importantly, stop — properly.

The brake system itself is made up of a number of parts, each of which work in conjunction with the others in order to function properly.

What Are The Brake Parts?

There are a number of brake parts which make up what are collectively just referred to as the “brakes.” Some of the individual parts which make up this vital system include:

  • Brake fluid
  • Brake pads/shoes
  • Calipers
  • Rotors
  • Drums
  • Wheel cylinders
  • Hoses (for fluid)
  • Parking brake cables
  • Wheel bearings

All of these parts and more get inspected and sometimes replaced when necessary by our Boulder auto shop.

How Often Should I Get My Brakes Repaired?

The simple answer to this question is that there is no simple answer.

Every vehicle and its brake system will require customized maintenance and timelines. Not all brake pads wear the same, for example, and it could have to do with how often you drive, what type of terrain on which you drive, the make and model of your vehicle, the size of your tires, and a number of other factors.

However, it's imperative that you have your brakes repaired and/or replaced immediately as soon as you discover there's a problem. One of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming that noise or bumpy sensation will just go away with time. It won't, and it could lead to significantly bigger and more dangerous problems down the road.

Where Can I Get My Brakes Replaced?

If you notice that your brakes aren't working right, if you hear a grinding noise, or anything else that doesn't feel safe with your brakes, then bring your car into our Boulder auto shop.

At The Shop Automotive, our team is proficient in Boulder brake repair for all foreign and domestic vehicles; from general Motors, Volkswagen, Bosch, and others, our ASE certified technicians have the knowledge to handle all levels of brake repair.

Schedule an appointment at The Shop Automotive today to get your brake inspection or repair.