If you’ve had your vehicle any appreciable length of time, you know that parts are bound to encounter wear. Any moving part is susceptible to this, but the general usefulness and life of your brakes and the need for and frequency of brake repair is often dependent on multiple factors. These can include the type of braking system, the type of pads used, the type of vehicle being driven, and the driving style of the owner or principal driver.
- Brake pads come in four general types: organic, semi-metallic, metallic, and synthetic. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, but most brake pads on vehicles are either semi-metallic or metallic. These different pads wear at different rates and will determine how often or rarely brakes will require repair.
- The moving parts of the braking system also occasionally wear out and need repair. These repairs are inherently more complex, depending on the exact vehicle in question and the particulars of its braking system.
- Larger, heavier vehicles have more mass and need more braking power each and every stop. These vehicles should be serviced more frequently.
- Driving aggressively or large amounts of mountain driving can also cause extra stress to your brakes and result in lower life expectancy and a greater likelihood of more complex problems. Regular servicing and brake repair will keep your car or truck safe and working at its best.
Certain hybrid vehicles have more complex systems that recoup some of the braking energy in order to keep battery power up. These systems are inherently more complex and require greater care, so consult your owner’s manual and our mechanics to find out the best schedule for that maintenance.
At Scotty Muffler & Auto Repair, we’re dedicated to keeping your vehicle in the best condition in order to keep you and your family safe and on the road for as long as you need. We’re a second-generation family business and have been on the job for you, your family, and your vehicle for 35 years. Let us help you today with brake repair!