The squeaking and squealing of brakes is a sound that everyone dreads hearing. Most of us tend to not even give our brakes a second thought until we can hear or feel a problem. Not only are noisy brakes unpleasant on the ears but they also pose a serious safety to risk to you, your passengers, and anyone else driving on the road around you. If something sounds or feels “off” when you use your brakes, there’s a good chance that a problem has been brewing that needs to be addressed as soon as possible in order to prevent accidents or even more expensive issues from arising in the future.
Brake System Services For Hybrids Of All Makes & Models
Your hybrid’s braking system is a complex collection of technologies that does a lot more than just stop your vehicle. Hybrid brakes use the heat and energy your brakes generate in order to generate electricity and help power your car. While the exact specifications for each make and model of hybrid vary based on the manufacturer, here at Cincinnati Hybrid, we’re fully equipped to handle brake repairs and replacements for hybrid vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
How Hybrid Brakes Work AKA Regenerative Braking
Hybrid vehicles often have complicated braking systems that help capture the kinetic energy of the car and turn it into electricity. This is often referred to as “regenerative braking.”
In traditional brake systems, the brake pads are responsible for gripping the brake rotors in order to slow and stop the wheels. When this happens, friction is generated between the wheels and the road. This friction turns the kinetic energy of the vehicle into heat.
In regenerative braking systems, whenever the driver pushes the brake pedal the system puts the vehicle’s electric motor into reverse, forcing it to run backward and slow the vehicle. While the motor is running in reverse, it also doubles as a generator that feeds electricity back into the battery.
It’s important to note that hybrids and electric vehicles also have friction brakes to serve as a back-up in instances where regenerative braking won’t be able to provide enough stopping power. In these situations, hybrid owners need to be aware that their brake pedal might feel a bit different than it usually does when applying pressure. If this happens to you and your pedal depresses closer to the floor than usual, remember, there’s no reason to panic.