Your brakes are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle. Let our brake service technicians monitor your brakes condition during a regularly scheduled maintenance or oil change appointment. Our mechanics service any type of braking system from current ABS brake components to disc or drum brakes found on older vehicles.
Over time your brakes actually cook the brake fluid. This ruins the hydraulic properties of the fluid and causes major brake components to fail quicker. Replacement of brake components can be a costly repair, especially on certain makes of vehicles. Keeping the brake fluid flushed can reduce the cost of repairs over time and most importantly making certain your car or truck stops safely protecting you, your passengers and other drivers on the road.
Customers are surprised to find themselves being told that they need new brakes before the manufacturer's warranty has even expired. Brakes are designed with a metal plate that will squeal against the rotor when your brakes pads become too thin. If you hear squealing, contact Shoemaker’s Garage of Kalamazoo to schedule your brake repair service. Often times the only pads that need replacing are on the front brakes as the front brakes do most of the work since a vehicles weight shifts forward during braking putting the heaviest load on your car or truck’s front brakes.
Many cars still use a front disc with rear drum brake design. Most sports cars and luxery cars use disc brakes at all four wheels. Disc brakes use a circular rotor that rotates with the wheel. Drum brakes use pads, or shoes, that are mounted inside a round drum. When worn-out disc brake pads are replaced, the rotors are usually machined or turned to remove warping and make your car or truck come to a smoother stop. A warped rotor will make your vehicle pulsate during braking. However, your car’s rotors can only be turned so many times before they become too thin for safety. At that point, they must be replaced.
Obviously, certain driving conditions can accelerate brake wear. Stop and go traffic creates the most wear, along with aggressive driving and unnecessarily riding the brake pedal during driving. It follows, then, that the best way to maximize the life of brake pads is to avoid aggressive driving and avoid stop and go situations when possible.