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We've all heard it - that squeaking or grinding sound when your car or 4X4 is coming to a stop. These sounds are good indicators you may need new pads and/or rotors. Your brakes may also show a nmber of other signs that a brake repair is needed, such as:
Spongy brake pedal or any noticeable change to the way your brakes feel when you push on the brake pedal.
Car pulls to one side when braking
Car vibrates when braking
Car takes longer than usual to come to a stop
Foot goes to the floor
A burning smell
Brake pedal bounces and vibrates
Ask why brake fluid must be changed
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With a complete brake evaluation, we can determine just what your brakes need for better stopping power.
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- The complete brake evaluation is finished in about 30 to 45 minutes by a certified brake technician.
- You will receive a written estimate outlining what work is necessary and what is optional.
- No work will be done until you give the go ahead.
- The brake evaluation cost is credited towards any brake repairs if you choose to have the work completed.
Brake Repair Pricing & Services
Your brakes are one of the most important components of your vehicle. This is why we only use high-quality parts when repairing your brake system back to its original specifications. From the estimate, only you decide the work for us to complete and choose the brake service plan that is right for your vehicle, its performance and your Familyís safety.
What does a brake job cost?
Your brake system consists of several different parts that can be repaired individually. This is why we donít just give you a cost quote for a brake job over the phone or online. When you bring your car or 4X4 in we perform our systematic brake evaluation to determine exactly what brake repairs are necessary. And we provide you with an estimate before starting any work, so youíre in control of your repairs and know how much you are committed to spending.
What's included in the brake maintenance service?
We lubricate and adjust your parking brake cables, which helps provide even, balanced braking. Then we lubricate the caliper guide pins, star wheel adjuster, and backing plate pads on the drum brake assembly. We also clean and remove brake dust as we go through the service.
What's included in the brake fluid exchange service?
We remove your old brake fluid and clean the master cylinder reservoir. We then fill the reservoir with new manufacturers' approved brake fluid and flush the brakes until fresh fluid is flowing from each wheel location.
Premium ceramic brake pads and rotors.
We also offer a premium ceramic brake pad for drivers who seek ultra-quiet, low dust stopping power and an enhanced warranty. Includes a 4-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
A typical front disc brake system showing rotor, caliper and disc pads
Here's some help with the Gobbledygook
What is brake fluid?
Your carís brake system is a vital part of your vehicle and needs to function properly to help keep you and others safe. And itís your brake fluid that really helps control your stopping power. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid, which means it actually operates or moves the different parts in your vehicleís braking system.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHANGE YOUR CARíS BRAKE FLUID?
Brake fluid readily absorbs moisture from the air, which means in time it will become over saturated and start to break down. This can cause a variety of issues, including rust and corrosion in your brake lines, which could lead to your brakes failing. Exchanging old brake fluid with new, high-quality brake fluid helps replenish and protect the components of your braking system.
Our brake fluid flush service.
With our brake fluid exchange service, we start by removing your carís old brake fluid from the system, including the master cylinder reservoir. Next, starting at the Brake Fluid Cap, we fill the brake system with new manufacturersí approved brake fluid until fresh fluid is flowing from each wheel location.
How Often Should Brakes Be Replaced?
Brakes perform a vital job for the driver and need to be well maintained to work at their best. Unfortunately, brake use varies based on a number of factors, including:
Driving habits: Some drivers ride the brakes and stop abruptly while others coast to a stop most of the time. This greatly affects how long the brake pads last.
Environment: Due to stop-and-go traffic and traffic lights, driving in the city is harder on the brakes of a vehicle than driving out in the country on long straight roads. Driving in mountainous areas can really wear the brakes out prematurely as well.
Brake pad hardness: Hard brake pads last longer but usually need to be warm before they perform well. Soft brake pads perform better at low speeds, like in urban areas. Too much heat can melt them onto the brake rotor and reduce brake performance if the driving gets too extreme.
Materials: The materials that make up the brake rotor and brake pad also factor into the brakesí durability. Carbon-ceramic brakes last longer than standard brakes, for instance, but they need to be warmer than the alternative to be effective.
How to tell if your brakes need replacing.
Brake pads need to be replaced after about 50,000 kilometres on average. Some need to be replaced after 25,000, while others can last for 70,000 kilometres. To get a more accurate number for your carís specific needs, consult the carís manual. There are other indicators that can also communicate that the brake pads are on their last leg. These include:
Whenever the tyres are getting rotated or the oil is getting changed, leave instructions to take a look at the brake pads to check the thickness. Inspect regularly.
Brake pads have small metal hairs at the very bottom to let the driver know when they are about to run out of grippy material. Replace any brake pad making a metallic scraping noise immediately.
If braking becomes jittery (brake pedal bounce) then the rotors may be warped. Some treatments can either clean or grind down the surface of the rotor in order to make it flat again. Most of the time though, it is easier and safer to just replace the brake rotor with a new one.
Generally, if the brakes look worn out or start losing performance, they should be replaced. If there are any unusual noises or sparks coming from the brakes, ring Steve at Highways (07 49261303) and make arrangements to have your brakes checked. Good, functional brakes are the key to safe, predictable braking and safe motoring... enjoy, be safe.
How brakes work
The brake system in most modern vehicles is either a drum system or disc. Disc brakes use a rotor, which is attached to the hub of the wheel, calipers, brake pads, and a hydraulic system to slow the car and bring it to a stop.
When the brake pedal is depressed, the hydraulic system multiplies the pressure being put on the pedal, which causes the calipers to push the brake pads against the rotor, which slows the car and brings it to a stop.
A drum system works on the same principle. When the brake pedal is depressed the hydraulic system pushes the brake shoes against the drum, which is attached to the hub of the wheel. This slows the car and brings it to a stop.
Modern brake systems are extremely reliable but there are numerous parts and some of them require routine maintenance and replacement.
The top 10 brake concerns every driver should know:
Brake pads: Worn out brake pads will cause the braking distance to increase and may cause a metal to metal grinding on the rotor surfaces. If a brake pad gets cracks in its surface - caused from overheating the pad - then they will squeak or squeal when stopping. If the pads and rotors get overheated then the stopping distance will be increased. Once you hear a squealing sound on a regular basis, it's time to replace the brake pads.
Rotors: The brake rotor surface needs to be flat to keep contact with the brake pads. If the rotor surface is warped from heat damage it will cause the brake pedal to pulsate up and down and the vehicle to jerk when stopping. If a rotor is overheated its surface will be discolored blue to purple and this hardens the surface and the brake pads will not be able to grip them. This will cause a vehicle to not stop as quickly as it should.
Leaks: A leak in the braking system is usually a hydraulic issue. If the brake pedal goes to the floor, it can usually be traced back to a leak. A leak in the brake line will result in a loss of brake fluid, and eventually the brake system may fail altogether. Leaks should be addressed immediately, a pool of brake fluid on the garage floor or a low brake pedal are all symptoms of this problem.
Sticking caliper: The caliper and caliper brackets hold the brake pads and force them against the rotor to stop the vehicle. Caliper pistons can become stuck in their bore, and when this happens the car will usually pull to one side when the brakes are applied or the pads and rotors will be overheated or worn down too fast. It will also affect performance under acceleration as the brake is sticking. A sticking caliper is more than a nuisance, it can be dangerous and should be repaired immediately. Sometimes the caliper bracket slides will bind causing the same issues as a stuck caliper except only one pad will get worn down too fast instead of both.
Warped rotors: Rotors can become warped if they are exposed to extreme stress. Mountain driving or towing can result in warped rotors. Even something as simple as parking a car next to a sprinkler system can warp a rotor. The cold water hitting the hot brakes can result in warping. Warped rotors will usually cause the steering wheel and vehicle to shake when the brakes are applied. Warped rotors may even increase stopping distance or cause the antilock brakes to prematurely engage.
Brake fade: If the vehicle is taking longer than normal to stop it is probably due to brake fade. In most cases this is a short-term problem but it can turn into a long-term issue. As an example, driving down a mountain road will heat up the brakes making the pads and rotors less responsive. Once the brakes cool down they should return to normal functionality. As time goes on brake fade can become permanent and then it is time to replace the brake pads and rotors. This is the early sign of overheating the brakes and will damage the rotors and pads.
Smoking brakes: While smoking brakes sound sort of cool, it is actually a very dangerous condition. Overheated brakes or brakes that are smoking means the brake pads have been burned or something is leaking onto the brakes. If this happens, the pads will develop a glaze, which can severely affect performance. If axle seals are leaking onto the brakes it will ruin the brake pads and rotors.
Brake light: If the brake light on the dash illuminates it can indicate a serious issue with the braking system. In most cases it indicates a problem with the hydraulics and the vehicle should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. It is never safe to drive if the brake light is illuminated. The light also doubles duty to let you know the parking brake is on in some vehicles.
Faulty or collapsed hoses: A collapsed or malfunctioning brake hose can result in calipers that move unevenly. This will cause the vehicle pull to one side when the brakes are applied. If the brakes are pulling to one side the vehicle should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. Sometimes the fluid pressure to the caliper will not be released by the faulty hose and will keep the caliper applied.
Emergency brake on: This may seem silly, but it happens more often than you would imagine. It is pretty easy to forget to release the emergency (hand brake) brake, and this will cause performance issues as well as damage to the brake system. If the car seems to be accelerating slowly or you hear a squealing or grinding noise check to make sure the parking brake is not engaged. If the parking brake cables seize after the parking brake is applied and then you try to release then can cause the vehicle to not be moved at all.
When you bring your car into Highway Auto, our technicians perform a thorough vehicle inspection to determine exactly what repairs are necessary. We also inspect other parts Ė tyres and check your wheel alignment to ensure everything is functioning correctly with this system. And before any work is started you will be provided with an estimate, so youíre in control of your car repair costs at all times.
Ring Steve now on his direct line (07) 49261303 and make arrangements to have your car or 4X4 checked for any brake system problems. Highways provide this service to our customers FREE of charge because we want to help you keep your vehicle reliable and your running costs to a minimum.
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