Truck Brake Repair Services
in North Charleston, SC

Safety and reliability of heavy-duty trucks on the roads of North Charleston, SC, relies on effective brake systems. Our specialized brake services focus on maintaining and restoring critical components of your brakes, safeguarding your truck against potential failures, and ensuring safe operation.

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Can I Check My Brakes Myself?

Yes, you can perform basic checks on your brakes yourself. This includes inspecting for visible wear on brake pads or shoes, checking for unusual noises during braking, and ensuring the brake fluid is at the correct level. However, for comprehensive diagnostics and repairs, professional service is recommended.

Purpose of Brake Drums and Brake Shoes

Brake drums and brake shoes are essential components of a drum brake system, primarily used in heavy-duty trucks. The brake drum rotates with the wheel, and when the brakes are applied, the brake shoes press against the drum, creating friction to slow down the vehicle. This system is preferred in heavy-duty applications due to its effectiveness in managing high loads. Regular inspection and maintenance of brake drums and shoes are crucial for ensuring consistent braking performance and safety.

Drum Brake Failure

Drum brake failure can be a serious issue, potentially leading to decreased braking efficiency or brake failure. Common causes include worn-out brake shoes, damaged drums, or contaminated brake components. Squealing or grinding noises during braking, and a noticeable decrease in braking performance, are typical indicators of drum brake issues. Regular inspections and timely repair of drum brakes are essential to prevent failures that could compromise safety.

Other Signs of Brake Failure

Other signs of brake failure include a soft or spongy brake pedal, which indicates a potential issue in the brake system. Trucks pulling to one side when braking could signal uneven brake wear or adjustment issues. Vibrations or pulsations when applying brakes might suggest warped drums or rotors, necessitating immediate attention.

Areas We Service

At General Diesel, located in North Charleston, SC, we're proud to extend our expert services beyond our city's bounds. Our skilled team passionately caters to the diverse needs of diesel vehicles throughout Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties. With a commitment to excellence, we bring unparalleled diesel repair and maintenance to these communities, ensuring every heavy-duty and medium-duty truck performs at its peak, no matter the location.

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For reliable brake repair trust General Diesel to keep your heavy-duty trucks safe and compliant. Contact us today for thorough brake inspections and repairs, ensuring your heavy-duty truck operates safely and efficiently on every journey.

Trusted Heavy-Duty Truck Repair Services

For reliable heavy-duty truck repair services in North Charleston, SC, get in touch with General Diesel today to keep your trucks safe and compliant. Whether it's advanced troubleshooting, intricate wiring repairs, or system upgrades, General Diesel’s mechanics bring precision and expertise to every task. We understand the importance of minimizing downtime and maximizing performance.

Our Diesel Mechanic Services

For comprehensive heavy-duty diesel mechanic services in North Charleston, SC, trust General Diesel team to keep your heavy-duty truck running at peak performance. Our ASC-certified mechanics provide a wide range of services, from advanced diagnostics and specialized transmission care, to DOT inspections and RV & bus repairs. Get in touch with General Diesel today and take advantage of a full spectrum of services to meet all your diesel truck needs.

Customer Testimonials

"Nothing but great things to say about Aaron and his company. We always receive the best care with our daycare buses. Communication is always easy and we will continue to use them as long as we possibly can!"

Wonderful Beginnings

"Aaron, thank you for taking the time to help me with my Freightliner Classic. You and Ryan went above and beyond what’s excepted of a service center!"


"I have been taking my truck to these guys since I purchased it 3 years ago and they always do a fantastic job they do not sale your parts or perform work you do not need they will take you into the shop and show you exactly what's going on and they get the job done right every time. Thanks for all you do to keep my truck running right big shout out to Aaron good guy."


"Been dealing with these guys for a few years and no matter what's the issue they find the problem and get it right, the staff is always nice and easy to work with."


"Fantastic service and customer service. The technicians are very knowledgeable in their field as a Diesel Mechanic. The parts department is just as great. If part is not on hand, the parts department can get it in timely manner."


"I work for a company with 5 diesel vehicles. aaron and the crew at general diesel keep our trucks moving. great communication and always satisfied."


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