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 Services in Sanger , Clovis and Surrounding Areas.
Getting your brakes checked thoroughly is not only an important part of regular vehicle maintenance, it’s ensures your personal safety and the safety of others. The brake system on your car, truck or SUV should be regularly inspected by a qualified auto repair specialist. Cleary Automotive makes automotive safety our top priority and offers dependable brake repair, parts and installation for protection and peace of mind.
Complete brake servicing:
- Front and rear brake pad inspection
- Rotor and drum resurfacing
- Brake Fluid test and change
- Diagnose and repair to (ABS) antilock brake system
- Repair to your emergency (parking) brake
- Measurement for drum and rotor wear
- Brake Pad installation
- Rotor & Drum inspection and replacement
- Top quality brand name parts
Brake Inspection and Repair
Cleary Automotive auto maintenance and repair experts provide cost effective solutions for brake repair and services for any make and model vehicle. If you hear a grinding or scratching noise when you hit the brakes, don’t wait for the problem to get worse and much more expensive!
Brake Pads and Brake Fluid
Proper and timely maintenance for the brake pads on your vehicle help to avoid premature replacement of the entire system and more costly repairs later on. Ask a Cleary Automotive technician to perform a quick strip dip test of your vehicles’ brake fluid when you visit our location.
Do Your Car Brakes Need Replacing?
When it comes to the brakes on your car, you can never be too diligent. If you’re someone who constantly drives with the music blaring, the air or heat on at full blast and the windows closed, you could be missing out on some discrete and vital signs alerting you that it is time for a tune up. The number one sign that your brakes need a tune up or replacement is the screeching sound they make every time your car comes to an abrupt halt. Usually it’s hard to miss and you can even hear it through rolled up windows but if you are listening to music or the radio, you’ll likely to miss it. Here are a few other signs to watch out for:
- Vehicle pulling to one side
- Grinding sensation
- Pulsating and vibrations
- Loud growling noises
- Brakes are slow to respon
Cleary Automotive will investigate any of the above issues and proceed to do a thorough maintenance sweep. Without proper functional brakes, your car is a safety hazard and should not be on the road. Regular tune-ups will prevent these sort of issues from happening and add longevity to your automobile. If you don’t want to end up spending countless amounts of money on repairs, or a new car every few years, choose us as your company. We will make sure your car is running smoothly and those brakes are working perfectly.
We install high quality brake systems and parts that meet the highest industry standards. Drop in or give us a call concerning any inquiries you have. We will happily discuss brake service packages, deals, promos and warranty plans with you.