Heavy-duty trucks require heavy-duty brake systems in order to stop reliably. These brake systems are a matter of public safety, for these trucks can cause significant damage and harm to other drivers on the road if their brakes fail. Because of the complexity of these brake systems, wear and tear can happen. Unlike passenger vehicles, semi-trucks and other large heavy-duty vehicles use air-based brakes. These air brake systems have compressors and other components that can break over time. Fortunately, there are clear symptoms to look out for that can not only save you money but also save lives.
Tell-Tale Symptoms of Bad Brakes
If your brakes are very loud, chances are your brake pads are worn down. Your brake pads are compressed against your brake rotor using high-strength brake calipers. If these pads are worn down, your calipers will start to dig into your rotor, hence the loud noises. These noises are a sign that you need to bring your vehicle in for maintenance in order to avoid hefty repair bills. A normal brake job includes brake rotors and brake pads, but if bad brakes are left alone for too long, you may also need to replace brake calipers. This is significantly more expensive but can be avoided if brought in for service right away.
Brake Pedal Goes to Floor
If your brake pedal goes all the way to the floor when you brake, chances are you have a problem with your master cylinder or air compressor system. For fluid-based brakes on lighter heavy-duty trucks, your master cylinder is responsible pushing fluid through your brake lines. On air-based brake systems, your air compressor typically does the job of your master cylinder. Fortunately for anyone having this issue, here at Whitecloud Mechanical, we’re brake system experts. We’ll have your issue fixed in no time whatsoever.
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