Brakes in Sioux Falls, SD

Brakes were designed to help a fast-moving vehicle slow down and come to a complete stop. Brakes and brake pads do last a long time, but not forever. When you need to repair or replace your brakes, brake pads or both, come to Team Automotive. Our ASE-certified technicians will check and service every part of your brake system. This includes:

  • Master cylinder and power brake booster
  • Rotor
  • Brake pads
  • Brake shoes
  • Brake drum
  • Caliper and caliper bracket
  • Wheel cylinder
  • Smaller components, such as shims, pins and guides

Our automotive mechanics will thoroughly inspect your vehicle’s brake system to ensure a safe, smooth ride home.

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Understanding Your Brake System

Disc Brakes

The average vehicle uses disc brakes. With disc brakes, each of your car, truck or SUV’s wheels has a rotor, or a metal disk, attached to it. These rotors spin along with your car when your vehicle is in motion. When you step on the brake pedal, a pump applies pressure to the oil in your brake lines that forces the calipers, a type of clamp, to squeeze your brake pads against the rotors. The friction caused by the brake pads pressing against the rotors forces your tires to spin slower and slower until they stop.

Drum Brakes

Older vehicles use drum brakes. These are heavy, hollow cylinders attached to the axles that rotate to make your wheels spin. When you press the brake pedal, a pair of brake shoes press against the inside of the drums to create friction. Unfortunately, drum brakes are harder to maintain, have a high risk of overheating and are very heavy, so they’re currently being phased out and replaced by disc brakes.


Your brake system is more than just a drum or rotors, brake pads and calipers. Another important component is the ABS, or the anti-lock brake system. The ABS system is important because without it, you could lose control of your vehicle. This can occur when you’re driving on a slippery or unstable surface and you’re forced to slam on your brakes, which forces the wheels to lock up. With anti-lock brakes, when you press on the brakes and one or more wheels stop moving, the ABS forces a pump to slowly release the brakes in rapid succession. This lets your wheels slow down without stopping completely, which in turn lets you maintain control.

Hydraulic Pump

Your brakes are composed of several pieces that work together to ensure your car or truck can slow down slowly over time, rather than all at once. These parts include the hydraulic pump that activates when you press the brake pedal. The pump is connected to a reservoir of brake fluid and the power brake booster. The booster makes it easier for you slow the vehicle down gently when you step on the brake pedal lightly, or come to a stop when you press the pedal with more force. The wheel cylinder is a hydraulic press that is present in drum brakes. The cylinder is what controls the brake shoes within the drum.

Now that you know there are several important components in your car brake’s system, make sure to get your brakes checked regularly. Call Team Automotive today and speak to one of our ASE-certified mechanics. They’ll set an appointment to inspect and repair or replace your brake system  and offer friendly, professional service.

Common Brake System Problems

Your brake system will let you know when there are problems with it. Keep an eye out for these symptoms of a failing brake system:

  • Vibrations in brake pedal or steering wheel
  • Squealing, grinding or screeching when braking
  • Have to apply more pressure on brake pedal for it to work
  • Burning stench
  • Brake fluid leak
  • ABS warning light on

If your car, truck, van or SUV is experiencing and of these symptoms, call Team Automotive right away to schedule an appointment.

Brake Service, Maintenance and Repairs

When you want to maintain the health of your brake system, consider the following:

  • Inspect brake pads and rotors for wear
  • Flush brake fluid every 25,000 miles
  • Watch for warning signs listed above
  • Avoid hard braking – coast when possible
  • Avoid keeping car unnecessarily full/heavy

Don’t risk driving a car that doesn’t have reliable brakes. The moment you suspect something is wrong with your brake system, call Team Automotive. Call today to speak to one of our mechanics and schedule an auto brake repair appointment. We always offer friendly, professional service. Trust Team Automotive to properly diagnose the brake issue and offer your service or repair options.

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