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How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

It's important to get routine maintenance on your vehicle to keep it running like new. Often, simple things like getting your brake pads replaced every 40,000 to 50,000 miles can help you prevent accidents and avoid costly repairs. Depending on the climate you live in and your driving habits, you may need to get your brakes serviced more often. If you are rougher on your brakes, you may find yourself replacing your brake pads in less than 40,000 miles. However, if you're a very careful driver, you may find that your brake pads last even longer than 50,000 miles. Below, we'll discuss warning signs that your brake pads may be wearing thin and require replacement, and how weather can damage your brakes. One way to tell that your brake pads may need to be replaced is a squeaking sound when you press the brakes. You may also notice that you have the press the brake much harder than before to stop, as well as a clicking sound. The squeaking sound and brake-time will become wor ... read more

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Why Does My Car Shake?

Why Does My Car Shake?

Why is your car shaking!? One of the most common complaints a new client comes in with is "Shaking While Braking". Your driving down a busy road moving quickly through your day, as soon as you begin to brake for an upcoming traffic light your steering wheel begins to wobble back and forth!?! No need to fear! This is a common complaint and our certified mechanics are well versed in the variety of issues that may cause shaking while braking.  One of the most common issues causing this is brake rotors that are warped or out of parallelism. After a thorough evaluation of the braking, steering, and suspension systems the technician will recommend the best route of repair. If the issue is determined to be related to the brake rotor there are two options for repair. Providing that there is sufficient material remaining on the rotor, it can be machined and reused. If the rotor is worn below its serviceable limit then the rotor will require replacement. During this se ... read more

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Wheel Cylinder

Wheel Cylinder

What is a Wheel Cylinder? The wheel cylinder is the hydraulic component that actuates the brake shoes in a drum brake assembly. Hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder pushes the pistons outward moving the semi-circular brake shoe in contact with the brake drum. This contact creates the friction that slows your vehicle. Wheel cylinders are only used in drum brake equipped vehicles and therefore are becoming less commonplace. The most common failure of a wheel cylinder is leakage. Over time the wheel cylinder piston seals will deteriorate and begin to allow fluid to pass. To check for wheel cylinder leakage the dust boot is opened to inspect. As seen in the figure the red arrow points to fluid that has bypassed the seal and filled in behind the dust boot. This wheel cylinder will require replacement. After the new cylinder is installed the braking system will be refilled and the air removed through the bleeding procedure. A wheel cylinder replacement is the perfect time to service t ... read more

Brake Repair

How much will it cost to fix my brakes? That is a great question that we get everyday. The problem with that question is that we need more information to give you the answer. We can compare it to calling a doctor and asking how much it will cost to fix a leg that hurts! There are questions and data that need to be gathered along with physical inspection and evaluation. After all of these items then we can give you a detailed written cost estimate. The great news is that you can come in and free of charge we will go through all of these processes and give you all of the information that you need to make the right decisions

What is a brake caliper?

What is a brake caliper? A "brake caliper" is a component of your vehicles "disc brake" system. The brake caliper is a hydraulic component that applies pressure to the brake pads against the brake rotor and in turn slows down the wheel and ultimately the vehicle. Brake calipers are situated in a harsh environment exposed to road grime, water dust dirt, and salt with a wide range of temperatures. The caliper is filled with "brake fluid".#brakecaliper #brakes #brakefluid

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