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.
Anybody 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?
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!
What is 'brake steer'?
Brake, ABS and Traction Control Warning Lights
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.