5 Star Brakes

We offer a full lineup of brake services for disc brakes and drum brakes.  From your standard brake service to hydraulic components to ABS and Traction Control systems.  We’ve everything you need  to keep you and your family stopping safely every time.

All New Disc BrakesAnybody that’s ever had the awful experience of pressing the brake pedal only to have it sink to the floor without slowing your vehicle can tell you it’s an unmatched feeling of powerlessness.  Quite frankly, it’s terrifying.  Whether you’re cruising down the highway at 70+ mph or cautiously advancing through a school zone you need to know that when you hit the brakes your car is going to respond accordingly.  There’s a lot to a modern brake system which means there’s a lot of possible failure points.  This is why it’s so important to know the warning signs of impending brake system failure and to have the system inspected and repaired by a certified professional when the need arises.

Do you have noisy brakes?

We’ve all heard the dreaded brake squeak. You hit the pedal and along with stopping your car lets out a high pitched squeal that sounds worse than nails on a chalkboard. Most brake pads are equipped with wear indicators; little pieces of metal attached to the side of one or more pads that are designed to drag across the brake rotor when it’s time to replace the pads. That’s usually the cause of squeaky brakes and it’s a definite sign that it’s time to have your brakes looked at.

Not all brake squeak is caused by worn pads though, there are a few other factors that may be at fault. These include broken or worn abutment clips, glazed brake pads and/or rotors, lack of pad insulation and incorrect rotor surface cut.

Often times if you fail to get your brakes looked at when they start squealing they will eventually start grinding instead. This happens because all of the friction material has worn off the brake pad and the metal backing plate is now pressing against the rotor. Metal on metal brakes are not only dangerous but may result in damage to other brake system components like the brake rotors, calipers and caliper brackets. If you ever hear a grinding noise when applying your brakes, you should get to a repair shop immediately!

Brake noise is more than just a nuisance. A squeaking noise typically indicates that your brakes are nearing the end of their useful service life. Grinding is much more serious and should be addressed immediately.

What is 'brake steer'?

Brake steer is when you apply your brakes and the steering wheel pulls to one side, especially if driving on a flat surface.  Often times this is a result of a sticking brake caliper or collapsed brake hose lining but there are many potential culprits for this condition.   If you’re experiencing a pull, check your tire pressure on all four tires before spending any money at a shop.  One tire being significantly under inflated compared to the others can cause a pull that’s more prevalent while braking.

Low brake fluid is a definite sign of trouble. If your fluid is low don’t just fill it back up, find out why it was low in the first place. You may just need new brake pads. If it’s a leak, that can lead to sudden loss of braking force putting you, your passengers and everybody else on the road in imminent danger.

Brake, ABS and Traction Control Warning Lights

If your vehicle is equipped with Anti-lock Brakes or Traction Control there should be yellow warning lights on your instrument panel to warn you of any potential problems with those systems.  Those lights will illuminate for a few seconds if you turn your ignition key to the ‘on’ position then turn off shortly after you start the engine.  Should your vehicles computer find a fault in the anti-lock or traction control systems it will turn off their functionality and turn on the warning lamp to notify you of the problem. It’s still safe to drive under normal conditions but you may want to avoid driving in any potentially hazardous situations like rain, snow or heavy traffic.

The red ‘Brake’ warning light is another matter entirely. Like the yellow ABS and Traction Control lamps it will turn on briefly when you first start your car. After that it only illuminates when there is a serious brake failure. If you notice the red brake warning light on in your car, you should stop driving as soon as it is safe to do so and check the brake fluid level. Feel free to add some if it’s low, then, if the red light goes out, get to a repair shop soon. If the fluid wasn’t low or adding fluid doesn’t make the light go out we strongly recommend you call a shop and arrange for a tow. Remember, functional brakes are the only thing that keeps your car from turning into a 3,000 pound missile.

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Parkhill Exxon Auto Repair Center
3320 John F Kennedy Blvd
North Little Rock, AR 72116

(501) 753-8721

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