Brake Services & Repairs
Brakes + Maintenance = Confidence in Stopping Power
Imagine putting your foot on the brake and the car slows to a stop – or if you’re in dire need, it comes to a halt quickly. That system is more than just a pedal and brake pads, there is an entire system working together seamlessly to use the pressure of your foot on the brake pedal to stop your car. Pretty cool, right?
Keeping that stoping power takes more than just slapping on some brake pads once in a while, it takes maintenance and repairs to keep that vehicle in check.
Brake Services & Repairs
Getting your brakes right is important to the safety and performance of your vehicle. We offer the following services to keep your braking system functioning at it's best.
Brake fault diagnosis
Brake fluid flush
Brake pad replacement
Brake shoe and wheel cylinder replacement
Brake disc rotor machining
Brake drum machining
Brake line repairs
Calliper repairs & replacement
Brake booster repairs & replacement
Master brake cylinder replacement
Braking system overhaul
Brake proportioning valve replacement
Maintaining Healthy Brakes
Ensuring a healthy braking system should all be part of your routine service. Here’s a shortlist of what we inspect to keep an eye on your braking system and ensuring your car is safe to drive for you and your loved ones:
Brake fluid test – we check the level of water in your brake fluid to ensure it does not have 4% or more water in the fluid. As brake fluid has a very high boiling point, water trapped in the fluid can boil and turn to vapour, causing air pockets and in turn a potential dead spot when braking.
Measuring brake pad wear – we measure how much braking material is left on the brake pads. This serves two purposes. First, we can see if you’re brake pad material is low, we can recommend replacement or advise when they should be replaced. Secondly, we can see if any of your brakes are wearing unevenly, catching a problem in the making. At this point, we can also see if the brakes lines attaching to the brakes are all good too.
We also conduct more extensive testing and inspections if we see, hear, or feel something is not right.
When was the last time your brakes were checked?
What's in a braking system?
Brake Fluid: is the lifeblood of your braking system. Brake fluid works because it is hygroscopic meaning it cannot be compressed (like air), rather it is the perfect way to transfer force from your foot to engage the brakes.
Brake Booster: is in most (but not all) modern vehicles that have “power brakes” so that you don’t need to use as much force on the brake pedal to get it to slow or stop.
Master Cylinder: hold’s your vehicles brake fluid. When brakes are applied the master cylinder forced out brake fluid into the brake lines; the fluid then activates the brakes on your wheels.
Brake Lines: are steel tubes that connect from the master cylinder to all four brakes at the wheels.
Brake Proportioning Valve: is mainly found in vehicles without ABS and traction control. It controls how much brake pressure is applied to each axle (front and rear) during rapid deceleration to prevent rear brakes front locking up.
ABS (anti-lock braking system): is an electronically controlled system that monitors your wheel speed. When braking forcefully it avoids wheel lockup (and skidding) by reducing hydraulic pressure in spurts to wheels that would otherwise lockup.
Drum Brakes: are one of two braking devices used in cars, mostly found in rear wheels if present. The drum brakes are a self-contained unit that attaches to the wheel, inside the drum, there are brake shoes, heat resistant pads. When the brakes are pressed, brake fluid goes into the drum’s wheel cylinder, activating two small pistons and pushing out the shoes onto the inside of the drum, slowing the wheels down.
Disc Brakes: are the second braking devices, still using pads and friction to slow the wheel, but with a more open design. When the brake is applied, the fluid goes to the calliper’s piston, causing the brake pads in the calliper to squeeze the disc rotor, creating friction and slowing down the vehicle.