Brakes and Brake Repair
Our Quality Auto and Tire Factory technicians are experts on all car brake systems. Our technicians have a thorough understanding from brake pedal to hydraulic brake fluid, brake master cylinder to power brake booster, drum brakes to disc brakes and electronic anti-lock brake sensors. It doesn’t matter what make or model your car is, we can repair the brakes. There is a reason we are one of North America’s brake service leaders with locations all over the USA and Canada.
Brake Warning Signs
Here are the signs that your brakes need repair:
- There is a grinding or squealing noise when you put your foot on the brake.
- The brake dashboard light is red which indicates attention is required.
- On cars with ABS (anti-lock brake system) the brake dashboard light glows amber.
- The brake is slow to respond, feels sluggish.
If your car is showing any of the above symptoms, come in and let us check your brakes. After inspection of your brakes we will let you know if you need a brake repair or exactly what is required. Everything will be provided to you on a written estimate, including anything that may be optional, before any work is done.
55 Items are Inspected
We want you to be safe. We know how important brakes are so we developed a 55-point inspection process to thoroughly analyze your brake system. Some components may require immediate attention and there may be some that can wait. Our ASE-certified technicians will discuss all the options with you.
Tire Factory Lifetime Guarantee*
We are famous for our Lifetime Guarantee* which means that when your purchase brake pads or brake shoes from us, you will never need to replace them as long as you own your car.
* Most vehicles. See manager for limited guarantee terms.
Brake Systems 101 (Details for Nerds)
Think of your vehicle as a corporation and each component is an employee who has a specific job to do. The team of employees assigned to the” brakes division” has one goal – to stop the vehicle when you put your foot on the brakes. Though it may be pretty easy for you to stop your car (just put your foot on the brake), the team in the brake department has three things to manage to bring your vehicle to a halt: leverage, hydraulic force and friction. Leverage is your leg when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. The pedal is connected by levers and rods to the back of the power booster. The power booster uses either engine vacuum or a hydraulic pump to multiply and transfer the force of that leverage to the master cylinder. The master cylinder is the heart of your vehicle’s hydraulic system. It uses applied leverage to force a reservoir full of brake fluid through valves, steel lines and rubber hoses into hydraulic calipers and wheel cylinders. That hydraulic pressure is then used to help create friction.
Let’s take a couple of examples of this. Drum brakes have a hydraulic wheel cylinder that pushes a brake shoe against the inside of a spinning drum. Disc brakes on the other hand, use a hydraulic caliper fitted with brake pads to grab a spinning disc (or rotor). Both of these examples require highly engineered parts and precise movement. The more force a driver applies to the brake pedal, the greater the stopping force that is applied at the wheels.
Most of today’s vehicles utilize ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) in addition to the primary braking system. This system can actually pump the brakes for you during an emergency stop using electronic sensors and high pressure pumps. Under certain conditions the ABS system can measure vehicle speed, wheel slip and brake force too.
So now you have an understanding why it is necessary to do such thorough testing of your vehicle’s brake components. Only a detailed examination can reveal whether a component requires servicing or must be totally replaced.