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Your brakes use friction to stop your moving vehicle, and friction generates heat. Unfortunately, overuse or aggressive braking habits can lead to your brakes overheating. How do you know if excess heat has your brakes smelling like they’re burning?

Brakes Causing a Smell after Replacement

The source of the smell is typically the brake pads. Explaining what’s happening is very difficult because you are treading on very complicated chemistry that is further politicized by the friction material manufacturers. The term and concept that you want to avoid at all costs using is “burning off.” This is inaccurate and may cause the customer to become alarmed. Yes, there is heat involved when the bad smell is produced, but it is not oxidation or burning.

What Causes the Burning Brake Smell in Newly Replaced Pads?

What is really happening is polymerization, or curing. This is a chemical process where smaller units are combined into larger and more stable units. It is like making an omelet. When heat is applied to the eggs, the omelet is formed. But, in the case of the friction material, the yoke and whites are the resins that hold the pad together.

The heat of braking causes the resins to polymerize and form stronger bonds. This is a good thing. The bad thing about this is when the resins polymerize, they create by-products in the form of gases that do not smell pleasant.

Most importantly, the smell is not a bad thing in the majority of cases for new pads.

If the pad is heated too quickly or outside a certain heat range, the friction material could lose strength. Its is best to heat the new brake pads in a controlled manner. The gases given off can cause brake fade, but if the pad is broken-in correctly, the gases do not pose a problem and brake fade conditions can be minimized in the future.

What to Do About a Burning Smell from Your Brakes

Stop and smell the roses — not your brakes. Unless you’ve just had braking components replaced, a burning smell from your car brakes could indicate a problem. Schedule a quick brake check at your local Sierra Car Care and Tire Center today. Don’t compromise your safety on the road or let small issues turn into more significant repairs later.

Do you understand how your vehicle’s brake system works? The brake system is one of the most critical safety systems in your vehicle. The quality of your brake’s is also important, especially when driving in the ice, snow, and slush. But, do you understand how your vehicle’s brake system works?

How does the brake system work?How Do Brakes Work?
You may have heard terms thrown around, like; “caliper”, “drum brakes”, “hydraulic system”, but do you understood how they work together from pushing the brake pedal to stopping the car? A very basic explanation is as follows:

  • When you push the brake pedal it depresses a piston, which then creates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder, forcing fluid along the pipe.
  • The brake fluid travels to slave cylinders at each wheel and fills them, forcing pistons out to apply the brakes.
  • Fluid pressure distributes itself evenly around the system.
  • The calipers and wheel cylinders use that pressure to squeeze the brake pads and/or shoes against rotors and/or drums to stop your car.

There are different types of brakes: Disc and Drum. Disc Braking Systems are typically used on more expensive or high-performance cars, while Drum Braking Systems are used on older or smaller cars

Trouble Signs and Symptoms
Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and will eventually need replacement. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or have any other concerns or issues with your vehicle, please contact Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center and we will be happy to help:

  • Car pulls to one side during braking
  • Brake pedal pulsates when you apply the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels “mushy”
  • Noise when you step on the brake pedal
  • Repeatedly need to add brake fluid to the
    master cylinder
  • Brake and/or ABS warning light

In the event of an emergency, we will schedule your vehicle at one of our 5 service repair shops in the Reno and Sparks area. Let us know if you need Roadside Assistance. Our goal is to guide you through the diagnostics and repair process and to get you safely back on the road.

what is a brake system flush?Brake System Flush
Another important part of your brake system is the brake fluid quality. It is vital that the brake fluid in the system remains clean and clear of debris. With a brake system flush, the hydraulic fluid in the brake reservoir, lines, and other parts of the system will be removed and replaced with fresh fluid.

Our warranty covers all parts and labor for 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.

We know there are a lot of choices out there for auto repair, it is our privilege to serve you and your vehicle. We’re proud of our top notch workmanship and high quality parts. You can take confidence in that when you get back on the road.

Gas for Goodness: Supporting Our Community

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Non-Profit Organizations we have
supported in the past, with the
Gas for Goodness Program.

There are so many worthwhile causes in this town that we would love to support, but we cannot seem to keep up with all of them. That is where you come in, we need your help!

We would like to find a different charity each month that supports our community in a beneficial and rewarding way. If you are a charity or would like to nominate a charity for us to consider for Charity of the Month, please submit your suggestion at our Main Office through our online form.

Each charity chosen will be highlighted in our monthly e-mail newsletter, Facebook, and blog article for further publicity for the program, cause, event, or charity.

Please refer your favorite causes, programs, charities, organizations so that we may extend our financial support. Together we can help build a better world.

Send more than one recommendation as we will need more for the future as well. Thank you for your time and continued support.

For more information,visit: www.SierraCarCare.com
Thanks for supporting our community!

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