Whether you are driving a motorhome or towing an RV (travel trailer, fifth wheel or popup), your brake system is one of the most important aspects of your family’s safety. Brake pads wear down extremely fast on the vehicle due to the stopping force incurred. Because of which, it’s imperative to inspect your brake pads regularly.
If you are having problems with your brake system, give us a call to help you service your brake system. (602) 296-7549 – Our service techs are RVIA master certified and we’ll travel within 100 miles of Phoenix, Arizona 24/7.
By offering courteous and knowledgeable service to all of our customers, we are continually striving to master every aspect of care to keep your braking system safe and driving smoothly.
We inspect the following Braking Components:
- Disc Brakes
- Disc brake rotors and pads
- Calipers and hardware
- Drum Brakes:
- Brake drums and shoes
- Wheel cylinders
- Return springs
- Parking Brake:
- Hydraulic System:
- Master cylinder
- Brake fluid and hoses
- Power booster
While brake systems vary by make and model, the basic system consists of disc brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in back. Connected by a series of tubes and hoses, your brakes link to each wheel and to the master cylinder, which supply them with vital brake fluid (hydraulic fluid).
When you first step on the brake pedal, you are triggering the release of brake fluid into the system of tubes and hoses, which travel to the braking unit at each wheel. You actually push against a plunger in the master cylinder, releasing fluid. Brake fluid can’t be compressed. It moves through the network of tubes and hoses in the exact same motion and pressure that initiated it. When it comes to stopping a heavy steel machine at high speed, this consistency is a good thing. The performance of your brakes can be affected when air gets into the fluid; since air can compress, it creates sponginess in the pedal, which disrupts consistency, and results in bad braking efficiency. “Bleeder screws” (located at each wheel cylinder) remove unwanted air in your system.
A car without functioning brakes is dangerous. In many cases, warning signs will tell you if your car’s brakes may need service.
Warning signs include:
Squealing or grinding noises when using brakes. This could mean your brakes need to be adjusted or that your brake pads are worn and need replacement.
Your dashboard’s Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) light turns on. This indicates that your brake fluid is low. You may have a leak in your brake line. Get it inspected.
While braking, your car pulls to one side. This means that your brakes need adjustment, there is brake fluid leakage, or your brakes are worn out and need replacement.
Your brakes are hard to press down or feel “spongy.” Usually this means air has gotten into your brake lines or you may have low brake fluid.
When applying your brakes, your steering wheel, brake pedal, or entire vehicle begins to shake. If this happens, your brake rotors could be warped and need replacement.