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Modern Braking Systems

Arguably a vehicle’s most important safety system is its brakes. Specific components, including brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums and brake fluid are maintenance items that need regular replacement. A pulsation or shaking during braking can be a strong indication that the brake rotors are warped from excessive heat caused by extended or hard braking. 

It is important to change brake fluid every 20,000 miles or 2 years. As brake fluid ages, it begins to corrode parts such as brake lines, calipers, caliper pistons, and wheel cylinders. It can cause the ABS light to come on and will ultimately lead to reduced braking performance. It is not uncommon for the braking system hardware to move, become dislodged or even break. In Very basic terms the hardware is what holds the brake pads or shoes in place. This is very common on vehicles with drum brakes, but still happens on disc brakes. 

Modern braking systems are more complicated than the old ones, they include sensors, computers, and a master cylinder. Thankfully, most new vehicles have a built-in warning system to alert drivers when something is out of specification.

Not all shops provide the same brake repair services. Often times shops will use non-OEM (Original manufacturer specification) parts to save money. Quality repairs done with quality parts will reduce the chance of unexpected large repair bills in the future. Replacing items such as the master cylinder, will cost more, so regular inspection and maintenance is important for your safety as well as your wallet's. 

At One Stop Automotive we offer a 3 year parts and labor warranty for our repairs, which aids in our customers peace of mind