Brake Systems

If there’s anything you should avoid skimping on when it comes to automobile maintenance, it’s a brake inspection. After all, a strong, solid set of brakes can ensure you are able to stop in times of emergencies. Not being able to easily change your vehicle’s speed puts you and others at risk. Rather than take chances, come to Dana Meyer Auto Care for affordable and reliable brake inspection services.

So many drivers know to change their oil regularly and to check on their tires, but many tend to ignore their brakes until an obvious problem arises. At Dana Meyer Auto Care, we believe that regular brake inspections are a must. And when you bring your vehicle to our auto repair center, we’ll take the time to inspect your brakes thoroughly so that you get the peace of mind you deserve.

Don’t compromise when it comes to safety. Call us today to schedule your brake inspection.

ABS Lights

ABS stands for anti-locking brake system. If your vehicle has an ABS light lit on the dashboard, chances are the ABS braking system is not functioning properly. The easiest fix for this would be to check the brake fluid reservoir and ensure that there is enough fluid in the system. The reservoir has a min and max line indicated on the side. However, oftentimes the diagnosis process takes more experience, and a specialty scan tool to discover. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a brake inspection for as low as $30 to take a look at your entire braking system.

ABS System

ABS is a safety system that prevents your car from skidding or sliding when you apply the brakes in an emergency situation. When the brake is applied, the ABS control module reads the speed data from the speed sensor and sends the correct pressure to each wheel to prevent any sliding/skidding (wheels locking up). ABS does this by releasing brake fluid pressure, allowing the wheels to continue to rotate. This prevents your tires from developing any flat spots in the event of emergency braking. Avoiding uneven wear on your vehicle’s tires will save money not only on new tires, but will also improve fuel economy and extend the life of your suspension which would otherwise be affected by lopsided tires.

Brake Calipers

A caliper is part of the disc brake system. When you press the brake pedal, the brake fluid flows from the master cylinder to the calipers. Brake fluid then applies pressure on the piston inside the caliper, pushing the brake pads against the rotors to slow/stop your car. Calipers typically do not need to be replaced along with the pads, but in some instances they can become damaged and need to be inspected by a professional to ensure they are operating properly.

Brake Discs or Rotors

When the brakes are hydraulically applied, the caliper clamps or squeezes the two pads together into the spinning rotor to slow/stop the vehicle. When a brake pad is heated by contact with a rotor, it transfers small amounts of friction material to the disc, turning it dull gray.

Brake Drums

Drum Brakes are typically used in the rear of older vehicles. They tend to last longer than discs, but repairs are more expensive. A drum brake system consists of hydraulic wheel cylinders, brake shoes and a brake drum. When the brake pedal is applied the shoes, which have a friction material lining, they are forced by hydraulic wheel cylinders against the inner surface of a rotating brake drum, not unlike a disc brake system. The main difference being that the drum brake is enclosed within the drum.

Brake Fluid Leaks

Your vehicle’s braking system requires a fluid delivery system that is completely devoid of air pockets and any contamination. If there is a leak somewhere in the system, this leaves it vulnerable to sucking air into the lines, and if this occurs the vehicle won’t stop when needed. This is just one more reason to always check the fluid levels under your hood, pay attention to drip marks under your car, and as always have it looked at by professionals on a regular basis. For more visual aids, see our photo gallery here for various brake jobs our technicians have undertaken.

Brake Fluid Flush

Brake fluid becomes contaminated over time, just from absorbing the atmospheric moisture. Once this contamination gets over 4% the fluid is considered to be at risk for causing undue wear on all braking components and should be flushed. This is just one service in a long line of others that prevent damage to your vehicle.

Brake Inspection

If there’s anything you should avoid skimping on when it comes to automobile maintenance, it’s a brake inspection. After all, a strong, solid set of brakes can ensure you are able to stop in times of emergencies. Not being able to easily change your vehicle’s speed puts you and others at risk. Rather than take chances, come to Dana Meyer Auto Care for affordable and reliable brake inspection services.

MAINTENANCE YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS
So many drivers know to change their oil regularly and to check on their tires, but many tend to ignore their brakes until an obvious problem arises. At Dana Meyer Auto Care, we believe that regular brake inspections are a must. And when you bring your vehicle to our auto repair center, we’ll take the time to inspect your brakes thoroughly so that you get the peace of mind you deserve.

Don’t compromise when it comes to safety. Call us today to schedule your brake inspection.

Brake Lines and Hoses

Hydraulic brake hose carries fluid pressure from the Master Cylinder, through a steel line at the vehicle frame, to the brake caliper or wheel cylinder at the wheel(s). These lines are under very high pressure, so it’s highly recommended that whenever there is an issue with brake lines a professional is involved to ensure no leaks are present.

Brake Master Cylinder

The master cylinder converts the mechanical force from the brake pedal into hydraulic pressure. When the brake pedal is depressed, the master cylinder piston moves forward and pushes the brake fluid ahead of it. The piston, located in the brake caliper applies mechanical pressure onto the brake rotor which stops the vehicle. This is just one of many components integral to stopping an automobile.

Brake Pads

Brake pads are arguably the most important component in the braking system. These composite metal pads are the items doing the actual stopping of a car. When the brake pedal is depressed the fluid travels through the lines, into the caliper piston, this squeezes the pads onto the brake rotor (or brake disc) stopping the vehicle through a great deal of friction.  This friction inevitably wears down brake pads, meaning that they need to be replaced approximately every 25,000 miles, or every two years depending on how often the car is driven and under what conditions.

Brake Repair

If your car’s brake pedal goes to the floor, vibrates, is spongy, too firm or squeeling these are all indications that you need repairs immediately. We’re highly experienced when it comes to brake repair, and we can tell you what problems your brakes are having. We’re a BBB-accredited business that’s fully licensed and insured, so you can be sure we won’t take you for a ride.

Brake Shoes

Brake shoes are a lot like brake pads, they are a friction component of the system. The shoes are used in the brake drum system rather than in conjunction with brake rotors. When the brake pedal is depressed the shoes are pressed outwards by the brake cylinder, slowing the automobile. The brake drum system is not as efficient at cooling in times of emergency, but the the front axle typically takes most of the burden of the braking meaning the shoes last twice as long.

Wheel Cylinders

A wheel cylinder is a component in a drum brake system. It is located in each wheel and is usually positioned at the top of the wheel, above the shoes. Its function is to push onto the brake shoes, forcing them against the wall of the drum resulting in the vehicle being stopped with friction. Even though this is a wear and tear item in the braking system, they rarely need to be replaced. However, getting regular brake inspections will ensure that the cylinder doesn’t have a slow leak, which could present problems in the case of emergency braking.