The brakes on your truck are as important as the engine and tires. Without brakes, you might get to go somewhere, but you’re not going to be able to stop. Keeping your brakes in good condition can save you money – if you let the pads get too low, you could cause other issues that are much more expensive to repair.
If your pickup truck, semi, diesel pusher RV, bus or other vehicle needs brakes, contact RDI Power (RedLine Diesel, Inc.) for a service appointment with our brake mechanic.
Parts of the Brake System
The brake system consists of several parts. Trucks with air brakes have additional parts to check. The brake system consists of:
- Brake pads.
- Brake rotors.
- Brake calipers.
- Hoses and lines.
- Master cylinder.
- ABS system.
Some vehicles might have brake shoes, drums and wheel cylinders instead of pads, rotors and calipers. If your vehicle has shoes and drums, there is the possibility of adjusting the brakes instead of replacing them.
Trucks with air brakes have several more parts, including:
- Air compressor.
- Air compressor governor.
- Air storage tanks.
- Air tank drains.
- Electronic heating devices for automatic air tank drains.
- Alcohol evaporator.
- Safety valve.
- Drums, shoes and linings.
- S-cams brakes.
- Wedge brakes.
- Disc brakes.
- Supply pressure gauges.
- Application pressure gauges.
- Low air pressure warning system.
- Front brake limiting valve (usually found on vehicles older than 1975).
- Spring brakes (which come on when the air brakes lose air pressure).
- ABS system.
Additionally, you have the brake lines, and if you have a hose hookup on the air take to air up your tires, you’ll have the connecting pieces for the extra air line. You also have the trailer brake hookup system, including the air lines for the trailer.
When you change the brake pads or shoes before they start scoring the rotors or drums, you can often save yourself some money. Once you let the pads or shoes get too low, they’ll dig into the rotors or drums, scoring them. Once you score them deeply enough, the tech cannot turn (resurface) the rotors – they’ll be too thin. You’ll have to buy new rotors.
Since a rotor can only be turned so much before it becomes too thin, and the pressure of the brake pad rubbing on it every time you press on the brake pedal thins the rotor, you might have to buy new rotors without the tech even turning them. It just depends on how thin the rotors are.
Additionally, if you let the pads get too low, you could cause the calipers to become overextended. Once that happens, you will need to replace the caliper.
Proper maintenance of your truck’s brakes ensures that it is some time before you’ll have to put money into rotors and calipers – though you will eventually have to replace them since they are wear and tear items.
Contact RDI Power
When you need brake service and repair, contact our auto repair shop, RDI Power in Spring Hill Fl. for an appointment. As soon as you notice a problem with your brakes, including hearing them squealing, get your vehicle in as soon as possible so as to minimize additional damage.