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Parking Brake Repair or Emergency Brake Repair Facts

Emergency Brake Repair


Parking Brake Repair or Emergency Brake Repair


With today’s vehicles continuing to improve function, luxury and accessories you may have so age old questions about your emergency and or parking brake. Why do some vehicles have a parking brake, some have an emergency brake and now more vehicles are coming with an electronic brake? Also does Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove repair or inspect them when I go in for service? Lastly why does my emergency / parking brake seem less effective over time?

Depending on your vehicle’s manufacturer the emergency brake and parking brake are essentially the same thing. The parking or emergency brake has to perform two distinct jobs. It needs to be able to hold the vehicle on an incline. And it has to be able to stop your vehicle within a specific distance if the hydraulic brakes fail. Second Yes, Orozco’s Auto Service will inspect and suggest any repairs necessary to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive when you stop in for any service.

Whether is an older vehicle or new one all vehicles have two brake systems. The “service brake” is your primary brake system, the one that activates when you engage the brake pedal. A booster amplifies the force, sending hydraulic pressure to the brakes at each wheel. The secondary brake system is independent of the hydraulic brake system, engaged by levers or cables.

Over time this secondary brakes systems (the emergency brake / parking brake) cables can stretch out, which creates slack that increases lever or pedal travel. If all the adjustments are maxed out, the cable should be replaced. This isn’t something any novice weekend car repair enthusiast should perform on their own. Brakes are a crucial element of your vehicles safety system and should only be worked on by someone like the certified ASE mechanics at Orozco’s Auto Service.

Lastly, a growing number of vehicles are equipped with electronic parking brakes that automatically engage the parking brake when the transmission is shifted into park. This system is great because it can reduce the length of the cable or eliminate cable all together. Some systems even have a program built in that self adjusts slack in the system that runs at regular intervals.

If you believe your vehicle’s brake system needs service or are not sure and would like to have your brakes inspected, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove today at (714) 537-0076. Please always keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!

Orozco’s Auto Service Garden Grove – Orange County CA
12776 Nutwood Street Garden Grove, CA 92840
Call Today: 714-537-0076 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repairs

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