While it is important that your fleet vehicle can move forward, it is also imperative that is can stop! Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your fleet vehicle. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your truck. Additionally, it will help you save money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly. The team at Skinner's Gumtown Garage can help you set an inspection schedule to ensure your brakes are in top condition at all times. If your fleet vehicle is due for a brake inspection or brake service, bring it to Skinner's Gumtown Garage, and our expert team will inspect and diagnose any problems.
Trucks are stopped by air brakes (also called compressed air brake systems). These brakes operate when compressed air presses on a piston, which applies pressure to the brake pad. The entire brake system consists of service brakes, parking brakes, a control pedal and an air storage tank. If any of these components fails, it can cause brakes to malfunction, endangering the driver and surrounding vehicles.
When your brake system shows signs of damage, such as decreased reaction time or odd noises when braking, bring your fleet vehicle to Skinner's Gumtown Garage for quick, effective service. Our expert team will inspect and diagnose any problems. Our shop can replace brake pads and shoes and resurface your vehicle’s drums and rotors, improving the performance of your brakes. Once the issue is diagnosed, we will fix and resolve the problem quickly and effectively so your fleet vehicle can get on the road again, worry-free.
Brake System Components That Can Fail
The master cylinder, the heart of the vehicle’s braking system, holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered and the brake pads will become ruined.
The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.
The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.
Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction to stop the vehicle, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the calipers and cylinders they are attached to grind against the rotors and drums and damage them. Some pads have a metal strip attached that sounds a warning whistle when the pad becomes too worn, but this strip sounds only when the vehicle is in motion and the brakes are not applied.