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Richmond Auto Repair

Auto Rescue of Midlothian

(804) 924-9241

1101 Sturbridge Dr, Richmond, VA 23235

MON-FRI: 07:30AM - 05:30PM

Text Us at (804) 924-9241

Auto Rescue of Lakeside

(804) 262-4200

1730 Dumbarton Rd, Richmond, VA, 23227

MON-FRI: 07:30AM - 05:30PM

Text Us at (804) 262-4200

Bimmer Rescue (German Cars)

(804) 726-3458

6401F Dickens Pl, Richmond, VA 23230

MON-FRI: 08:00AM - 05:00PM

Text Us at (804) 726-3458

Brake Calipers Repair in Richmond, VA

What types of brakes does my car have?

If your car, truck, or SUV was made in recent years, the vehicle may have an anti-lock braking system, which allows you to steer as your brakes are engaged. Older vehicles do not have ABS brakes. In addition to this, most cars have two or three types of brake systems. These brake systems have several parts, including brake pads and rotors. If any of these brake systems are wearing out, it is crucial to bring your car into Auto Rescue for an inspection before their condition worsens. These brake systems are:

  • Disc Brakes - If you look through one of your car's wheels, you will see a shiny metal disc just inside. This is called a disc brake, also called a front brake. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, a pad of hard-wearing material clamps onto the brake disc and rubs it to make it slow down—in a similar way to bicycle brakes.
  • Drum Brakes - Some cars have disc brakes on all four wheels, while others have disc brakes on their front wheels and drum brakes on their back wheels. Instead of the disc and brake block, drum brakes have shoes inside the hollow wheel hub that press outwards. As the shoes push into the wheel, friction is created, slowing you down.
  • Handbrake - Your vehicle's handbrake applies force to the disc and drum brakes in a slower, less forceful way via a lever that's located between your car's two front seats. When you pull on the brake, a system of levers tugs on a pair of sturdy cables that apply the brakes to the back wheels. The handbrake system is completely mechanical and does not use brake fluid like the disk and drum brakes, so it can be used as an emergency brake (with great care) when the other brake systems fail.

What are brake calipers and how do they work?

Brake calipers are part of your vehicle's disc brake system. The brake calipers fit over the brake rotor surface; the brake calipers house the brake pads, which are a pair of metal plates bonded by friction material. When your vehicle's brake is engaged, brake fluid from the master cylinder produces hydraulic pressure on a single piston or multiple pistons, which forces the brake pads against the rotor. The brake pads slow the rotor down to stop your vehicle.

There are two types of brake calipers present in your vehicle. Floating calipers, also known as sliding calipers, have one or two pistons located on the inward side of the brake rotor. These pistons push the caliper when the brakes are applied, which creates friction from the brake pads on both sides of the rotor. Fixed rotors, on the other hand, have pistons on both sides of the brake rotor

How do I know if I need to bring my vehicle in for brake service or repair?

Taking care of your brakes is crucial to maintaining a safe driving experience for you and your passengers. It is a feature you use every day, and even a slight change can indicate something is wrong. If your vehicle’s brakes are performing poorly and you are in Richmond, Virginia or Mechanicsville, Virginia, it is imperative that you bring your car in Auto Rescue for an inspection. Some warning signs include:

  • The brake light on your dashboard turns and stays on - If this happens, first make sure your handbrake is not engaged. If your brake light stays on, your vehicle is telling you it is time for an inspection, and/or there is a problem with your brakes.
  • Your car pulls to one side when braking - One brake system may be working more efficiently than the other, causing your vehicle to pull to one side when braking.
  • Your brake pedal feels soft or spongy - If you notice a difference in the resistance in the brake pedal — it feels “softer,” or sinks all the way to the floor mat when you press on it — it’s a sign you need immediate service. There could be air or moisture in the braking system or a problem with the master cylinder.
  • Your brakes are squeaking, grinding, or squealing - If you hear a high-pitched noise when applying your brakes, it likely means that your brake pad has worn out. This could also cause a grinding sound; a grinding sound could also indicate a lack of lubrication in vehicles with rear drum brakes.

You have leaking brake fluid.

It may be a puddle below your car, truck, or SUV, or maybe fluid leaking from a brake line. Regardless, if you're vehicle is leaking brake fluid, you're going to want to visit Auto Rescue soon.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle to Auto Rescue in Richmond today! We will make sure your shocks and struts work. We can also perform other services you may need, like scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, and engine repair.

Your Reliable Shop for Brake Calipers Repair

If you are having an issue with your brake calipers, Auto Rescue in Richmond is your place to go. Our team of Quality technicians have decades of experience and are experts in all things auto repair, including brake service and brakes repair, Automotive repair, Truck Repair, and brake calipers repair service. We are one of the most reputed auto repair shops in the area and can improve your vehicle's brake performance efficiently and cost-effectively. We will make sure that all parts of your vehicle's brake system work properly and have a high performance. Reasons You Should Do Business With Us:

  • Transparency
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  • We are Experts
  • Years of Experience

We've been fixing cars since 2004 and have a review score of 100 based on reviews from 651 satisfied customers. If you are in the 23227 area or in Richmond, Virginia, Mechanicsville, Virginia, Henrico, Virginia, Glen Allen, Virginia, or Ashland, Virginia, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with Auto Rescue, either online or via phone. Auto Rescue - Professional Auto Repairs and Maintenance.

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