True to our namesake; The Brake Shop is quite possibly the best place for brake repair. Mesa AZ has been very kind to us for the past 10 years, giving us an excellent customer base and a community we are proud to service. Though brake service has been one of our hallmarks, we have never been a discount brake shop. We provide quality brake maintenance to our customers at a fair price; and our refusal to cut corners has led to us becoming one of the most trusted auto repair facilities in the valley
When it comes to ensuring that your vehicle will stop on command, there are a few things that should be kept in mind. Being able to identify an impending brake problem is one of the best things you can do to make sure that you and those around you are safe. Becoming familiar with how your brake work and what happens in brake repairs is the first step to helping ensure your safety.
Disc brakes – essentially, disk brakes by pinching the brake rotor between two pads, this actually forces the wheel to stop through friction. This is the most common type of brake seen on vehicles today. You may have disc brakes only on the front or on all four wheels.
Drum Brakes – Drum brakes work by actually expanding into the inner portion of the spinning wheel. This allows the brake to make contact with more of the wheel and causes it to stop more smoothly.
No matter which type of brake your vehicle uses, you will eventually need to have them serviced or maintained. Learning to recognize the symptoms of brake trouble will allow you to keep your brakes operating safely at all times. Should you experience any kind of brake trouble, it is far better to be safe than sorry
Here is the short list of signals that your brakes may need to be looked at.
Squealing noise – Most often this is an indication that the brake pads or brake drums have worn out and need to be replaced. If left unchecked, metal on metal contact can begin to wear down your rotors and those will have to be replaced as well.
Brake pedal is stiff or mushy – this usually indicates a problem with the hydraulic system which amplifies the force of your foot. A leaking or pierced hose from the power brake system is most often the culprit here. Alternatively there could be air trapped inside the brake lines which must be bled out before the problem is fixed.
Vibration when braking – not to be confused with the anti-lock brake system; If you feel vibration in the brake pedal when coming to a stop then you could have warped or grooved brake rotors. This can occur if your brakes have overheated recently.
We have heard many people ask, “is there a way to make my brakes last longer?” The answer to this question is yes, but it can require a change of driving habits. The best way to get the longest use of your brakes is to use them as little as possible. Try to slow down gradually rather than all at once, be aware than the greater the friction required stopping, the more of the brake pad you are wearing down in the process.
Remembering that your brakes are the most important safety feature in your car is the first step to ensuring your safety while out on the town. We urge you not to put off the maintenance of a potentially lifesaving component of your vehicle.