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Category Archives: Brake Repair

How Often Should I Change My Brake Pads?

How Often Should I Change My Brake Pads?

Brake pads play a crucial role in keeping you and your vehicle safe on the road. Knowing when to change them is key to maintaining optimal braking performance. In this guide, we'll explore the factors that influence brake pad wear and help you determine how often you should consider a replacement! Understanding Brake Pad Wear Brake pads work by creating friction against the brake rotors, generating the stopping force needed to slow down or halt your vehicle. Over time, this friction causes wear on the brake pads, making them thinner and less effective. Signs of Worn Brake Pads Squeaking or Squealing: A high-pitched noise when applying the brakes is often an early indicator of worn brake pads. It's a built-in feature called a wear indicator, designed to alert you when it's time for a replacement. Reduced Braking Performance: If you notice that your vehicle takes longer to stop or the brakes feel less responsive, it's a clear sign that your brake pads are due for ... read more

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What Services Should You Pair-Up With A Brake Pad Change

What Services Should You Pair-Up With A Brake Pad Change

When it comes to your vehicle, safety is paramount. Your brakes are your first line of defense, ensuring you can stop swiftly and securely. However, a brake pad change is not a solitary task; it's an opportunity to enhance your vehicle's overall performance and safety. Get ready to discover the ideal combinations that will keep your vehicle in top-notch shape! 1. Brake Fluid Flush - Hydraulic Harmony Pairing a brake pad change with a brake fluid flush is like ensuring your vehicle's hydraulic system is in perfect harmony. Brake fluid is essential for transmitting the force from your brake pedal to your brake pads, allowing you to stop. Over time, brake fluid can become contaminated with moisture and other impurities, leading to a spongy pedal and reduced braking efficiency. A brake fluid flush helps maintain optimal braking performance and ensures your brakes work seamlessly with ... read more

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Why Is My Brake Light On?

Why Is My Brake Light On?

Ever noticed that little red light on your dashboard that says "Brake"? It can be worrisome to see it illuminated, but don't panic! In this blog post, we will explain why your brake light might be on and what you can do about it! We'll break it down into simple terms, so you can understand what might be happening with your vehicle's braking system. Low Brake Fluid: One common reason for the brake light to come on is when the brake fluid level is low. Brake fluid is important because it helps transmit the force from your foot on the brake pedal to the brake pads, allowing your vehicle to stop. If the brake fluid is low, it could indicate a leak in the brake system or that it's time for a fluid change. In either case, it's important to have it checked by your go-to trusted mechanic's here at Frank's Servicenter to ensure your brakes are working properly!   Worn Brake Pads: Another reason for the brake light t ... read more

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Why Does My Car Squeak When I Turn?

Why Does My Car Squeak When I Turn?

Are you driving around during the day and hearing that awful sound coming from your car? If you're not sure what's causing the squeaking noise in your car, it's best to take it to a mechanic for a proper diagnosis. Here at Frank's Servicenter we can identify the problem and recommend the best course of action to fix it! 1. Worn Out Suspension: If your car's suspension system is worn out, it can cause a squeaking noise when you turn. This is because the suspension components are no longer able to absorb the shock of the road properly. 2. Bad Wheel Bearings: Your car's wheel bearings are responsible for allowing the wheels to spin freely. If they become worn or damaged, they can cause a squeaking noise when you turn. 3. Low Power Steering Fluid: If your car's power steering fluid is low, it can cause a whining or squeaking noise when you turn. This is because the power steering pump is working harder than it should be. 4. Dry or Worn Out Ball Joi ... read more

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Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Why are my brakes squeaking? There are many reasons your brakes could be making a squeaking sound. Don’t jump to conclusions! It could be a result of something you never even thought of. One very common reason this is happening is because of the dew or moisture on your brakes.   Temperatures are dropping and the harsh winter is coming our way. That means extra moisture! Since most cars are left sitting overnight, the water from dew, rain, or snow can gather to the surface of your brake rotors.    Here’s what you’ll notice when braking: 1. Squeaky noise 2. Thumping sound 3. Physical impressions of light rust on the brake rotors How can you prevent this? 1. Before you hit the road, warm your car up! Most of the time your brakes will only squeak for a short while until they build up heat and get progressively warmer when you apply the brakes a few times.    2. By adjusting, cleaning, or lubricating the part, our mechanics ... read more

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Why Are My Brakes Making A Grinding Noise?

Why Are My Brakes Making A Grinding Noise?

Why Are My Brakes Making A Grinding Noise? You know what sound we’re talking about - the one your car makes when stopping abruptly. No need to panic! Discovering the issue is the first step. Your Brakes are one of the most critical features on your vehicle. When it comes to your Brakes, be prompt and take action to ensure your safety to avoid any complications or accidents on the road. The grinding you’re hearing during a sudden stop is most likely due to your ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). This automatically will activate to prevent Skidding and Wheel Lockups. Once your foot is off the pedal the grinding noise should stop. If it continues, you’ll want to schedule a break repair ASAPhere. This could be a sign your vehicle has Worn Brake Pads. Still aski ... read more

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Why Do My Brakes Squeak? Noise While Driving

Why Do My Brakes Squeak? Noise While Driving

If safety comes first, then hearing your car’s brakes squeak probably has you a little worried. No sweat though - you’ve got Frank’s to keep you informed! Why Do My Brakes Squeak? Noisy brakes? Visit Frank’s by making an appointment online! Grinding, squealing, chirping. Sometimes your car’s brakes will make noise while driving. It generally signals that you need to have a mechanic inspect them. Sounds from your brakes can mean pads or rotors need replacing. How Do Car Brakes Work? Most modern vehicles use what’s called “Disc Brakes”. In this system, a set of brake pads are pressed against a metal disc, called a disc brake rotor. The friction they make causes the car to slow down. If you press the brakes too hard or too often it will wear your brake pads and can overheat the rotors! Noisy Brakes After Rain If you’re still wondering ... read more

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Why Does My Car Make Noise When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Make Noise When I Brake?

When it comes to your car you want to get the most bang for your buck. One wear item that you might want to think about are your brake pads. How do these little parts work? How can you save in the long run? Let’s take a look! How Long Do Brake Pads Last? Think you need brake repair? Book online with Frank’s! With average driving in the Southampton, PA area of Bucks County, Frank’s Servicenter estimates how long brake pads take to replace at roughly 25,000 to 40,000 miles. There are a lot of factors at play with brake repair though. If you want to maximize your brake pad lifespan let’s look at two other things… How Do Brake Pads Work? Friction!!! As the wheels spin the brake pad is pushed into contact with something called a brake rotor which is fastened to the turning wheel. This provides the force that slows down the car. The brake pad is pushed into the rotor by something called a brake caliper ... read more

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What Does Brake Pad Repair Cost?

What Does Brake Pad Repair Cost?

You have a simple problem - your brake pads need replacing. Why is getting a price for this basic repair to your car so hard? We get this question a lot, so don’t worry. Here’s what you need to know... What Will New Brake Pads Cost To Replace? There are a lot of factors involved with Brake Pad replacement; what make and model your car is, what kind of pads you want and more. So it’s always better for us to take a quick look at the car for free and find out exactly what we’re dealing with. This no-cost inspection is our way of guaranteeing against unexpected expenses when it comes to having your car repaired.  Have us inspect your car for brake damage for free when you book online.What If My Brake Pads Aren’t The Problem? Obviously you need to be able to stop your car quickly, but the brake pads may not be the root cause of the issue. A brake caliper can be just as troublesome and happen ... read more

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How long do brake pads last?

How long do brake pads last?

How Long Do Brake Pads Last? The life span of your brake pads is greatly dependent on your driving style. We all know that driver that speeds towards the red light and slams on the brakes! We find that most of our customers driving in the suburbs can expect to see 25,000 to 40,000 miles out of a set of brake pads. Although we have seen some highway-driven vehicles get 80,000 miles out of a set of brake pads!  Factors that impact brake pad life: Driving Habit: Driving aggressively will cause your brake pads to wear faster. Speeding towards the stoplights, last-minute heavy braking, and high-speed braking. In order to get the most time from your brake pads coasting towards stops while pressing gently on the brake.  Location: If you spend your days on the streets of Ivyland, Holland and Richboro you will have a mixture of slow cruising and stops. Conversely, if you are in the more stop-and-go traffic of ... read more

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