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  • Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Thursday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Friday 9:00 - 5:00
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Brakes, Shocks, Struts

Worn shocks and struts can have an adverse effect on the performance of your brakes. Your vehicle’s stopping distance may increase. At Global Automotive, we’ll make sure you stop on a dime before leaving our garage.

  1. Function: Brakes are responsible for slowing down or stopping the vehicle by converting kinetic energy into heat energy through friction. When the brake pedal is pressed, hydraulic pressure is applied to the brake pads, which then press against the brake rotors (or drums in some cases), causing the vehicle to decelerate.

  2. Types of Brakes:

    • Disc Brakes: Most modern vehicles use disc brakes, which consist of brake pads that clamp onto a rotor to generate friction.
    • Drum Brakes: Drum brakes are less common nowadays but can still be found in some vehicles. They operate by pushing brake shoes against the inside of a rotating drum to slow down the vehicle.
  3. Components: The main components of a brake system include brake pads or shoes, rotors or drums, calipers, brake lines, and brake fluid. Regular maintenance and inspection of these components are essential to ensure optimal brake performance.

  4. Signs of Brake Problems:

    • Squealing or grinding noises when braking
    • Vibrations or pulsations felt through the brake pedal
    • Longer stopping distances
    • Soft or spongy brake pedal
    • Dashboard warning lights indicating brake system issues
  5. Maintenance: Brake maintenance typically involves replacing worn brake pads or shoes, resurfacing or replacing brake rotors or drums, flushing and replacing brake fluid, and inspecting brake lines and components for leaks or damage.

Shocks (Shock Absorbers) and Struts:

  1. Function: Shocks and struts are components of a vehicle’s suspension system that help absorb and dampen the impact of bumps, potholes, and uneven road surfaces. They work to maintain tire contact with the road, improve vehicle stability, and provide a comfortable ride for occupants.

  2. Difference Between Shocks and Struts:

    • Shocks: Shocks are standalone components that dampen vertical motion and control suspension movement.
    • Struts: Struts are integrated into the suspension system and serve as structural components, providing both damping and structural support.
  3. Signs of Shock or Strut Problems:

    • Excessive bouncing or bouncing after hitting bumps
    • Nose-diving or squatting when braking or accelerating
    • Uneven tire wear
    • Vehicle swaying or leaning during turns