Brakes

Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.

Brake System Components That Can Fail

The master cylinder, the heart of the vehicle’s braking system, holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered, and the brake pads will become ruined.

The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.

The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.

Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction to stop the car, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the calipers and cylinders they are attached to grind against the rotors and drums and damage them. Some pads have a metal strip attached that sounds a warning whistle when the pad becomes too worn, but this strip sounds only when the car is in motion and the brakes are not applied.

Brake Fluid Service

Why is it important?
Brake fluid becomes oxidized over both time and use as a result of moisture and heat. When left untreated, the fluid gradually eats away at the hydraulic parts of your brake system, possibly requiring they be replaced entirely. In addition to the corrosive effect on components, contaminated brake fuel can be unsafe. The deterioration of the break system may leave you with a soft brake pedal, making it slow to stop and extremely unsafe to drive.

How can we help?
The entire brake system is inspected for leaks, master cylinder corrosion, worn pneumatic parts, harmful varnish build-up, broken or rusted bleeder valves, worn rotors and drums and air in the brake lines. All old brake fluid is replaced with a new high temp formula called Heavy Duty DOT 3 or DOT 4 Brake Fluid. The result will be a longer lasting, more efficient and safer braking system.

Stop Squeal Service
Why is it important?
Brakes that squeal and grind are annoying and need to be quieted or replaced.

How can we help?
First, a complete inspection is done to determine the condition of the brake pads, rotors and drums. Worn brake parts are replaced, the calipers are lubricated and a special treatment is added to the pads to prevent squealing. This service will give you peace of mind and a lot less noise every time you stop.

LOCATION

1077 Air Drive
Bloomington, IN 47404