Brakes

Check the brakes

Honest1 Mustang/Yukon understands that repairing brakes is a service you simply can't skimp on, so we keep our rates reasonable while offering the professional repair work you deserve. To schedule a brake repair, call or visit us today.

We have seen brakes wear out as soon as 12,000 to 15,000 miles depending on driving conditions. Brake performance has improved in recent years, but a large percentage of vehicles brakes are not checked regularly. Brake work performed before you hear those squeals of pain can save you many dollars in repairs. Worn brake pads that begin to connect metal-to-metal can ruin your rotors or drums and add those extra dollars in brake system overhaul. Did you know that you should regularly flush your brake fluid? Yearly maintenance for brake repair is vital to long-lasting brakes.

Flush the system

Did you know that you should regularly flush your brake fluid? Most people don't and here is why you should do it regularly.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic. That means it absorbs water like a sponge right from the air in the top of the Master Cylinder. As it absorbs water two things happen. First is that it lowers the boiling point in the brake fluid itself which can lead to a total loss of pedal pressure. Secondly, the moisture causes the brake fluid to become corrosive and it eats away at many of the parts that make the system work. This can become quite expensive as well as a safety hazard if you have a brake system failure.

The brakes create a tremendous amount of heat and the fluid in the brakes can get very hot as well. If it gets to hot the fluid can actually boil and when it boils it can go from a liquid to a gas. When it becomes a gas your brake pedal will go to the floor. That is because fluids like brake fluid don't compress and a gas is very compressible. That is the whole concept of a hydraulic brake system.

The fluid is moved by pushing on the pedal causing the brakes to work. But if there is air in the lines the pedal can be pushed and it will feel spongy and your brakes will not work properly. So if your brakes aren't working as well as they did when they were new then you may need to have the fluid flushed. The old fluid causes corrosion which is microscopic particles of rust and copper and it accelerates the wear of very expensive brake components. This is why you should fully flush your brake fluid at least once a year and no later than every two years. In addition, anytime a hydraulic component is opened or replaced, the system should be fully flushed to remove any air and corrosion.

We at Honest1 Auto Care take the utmost care in making sure your brake system is working properly. We will test drive your car upon arrival and then test the fluid for copper and water content. After determining if the fluid needs to be replaced we use a brake fluid flushing machine to make sure all the old fluid and contaminants have been removed. We then will replace the fluid with the proper fluid designed for your car.

How the brake system works

Your vehicles brake system is designed to perform only one job and that is to safely stop your vehicle. In order to do that there are three key things needed, a vehicle operator, hydraulic pressure and friction. When the vehicle operator pushes the brake pedal down, the pedal levers and rods actuate the power brake booster. The booster uses engine vacuum or a pump to multiply the force from the operator's foot to the master cylinder.

Hydraulic lines connected to the master cylinder go out to a proportioning valve or to the ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) module, then to each either brake caliper, if you have disc brakes.
If you have drum brakes, then it goes to a wheel cylinder. The hydraulic pressure then pushes the brake pads against the rotors.
If you have drum brakes, then the pressure pushes the brake shoes against the drums causing friction which stops the vehicle.

Disc brakes

A disc brake system consists of a brake disc, a brake caliper and brake pads. When the brake pedal is applied, pressurized hydraulic brake fluid squeezes the brake pad friction material against the surface of the rotating brake disc. The result of this contact produces friction which enables the vehicle to slow down or stop.

Drum brakes

A drum brake system consists of hydraulic wheel cylinders, brake shoes and a brake drum. When the brake pedal is applied the two curved brake shoes, which have a friction material lining, are forced by hydraulic wheel cylinders against the inner surface of a rotating brake drum. The result of this contact produces frictions which enables the vehicle to slow down or stop.

Brake failure symptoms

When it comes to your car's safety, brakes are at the top of the list of systems that need to be monitored. These conditions can cause longer stopping distances and difficult stopping in an emergency situation. However many people are not aware of the warning signs that indicate maintenance or repair may be needed.

Grinding: A metallic grinding sound indicates your brake pads are worn through. Continued driving with this condition not only causes further damage, it is also dangerous.

Squealing: A high pitch squeal noise heard at slow speed without brake pedal contact, means that the brake pads are down to the recommended wear replacement. There is a warning tab manufactured on the pad that rubs against the rotor to alert you. The noise usually goes away when the brake pedal is actuated.

Low or Fading Brake Pedal: Do you pump your brakes to stop? Does the pedal sink to the floor when you're stopped at a light? You could have a leak, and air in the brake lines or the master cylinder is leaking internally. Any of these symptoms can be dangerous.

Pulling to One Side or Brake Drag: This condition is most often caused by a stuck caliper slides or pistons. The stuck caliper will not apply the same pressure as the other. Correcting this condition early on can save rotors from damage.

Brake Warning Light: Red warning light could indicate an imbalance in the system. An amber warning light could indicate a problem with the ABS system.

Remember to have your brakes checked any time you notice any of these conditions. At Honest1 we have the expertise and the proper diagnostic equipment to keep you and your family safe on the road.

Why you should have a brake inspection

Do you hear your car squeal with pain when you apply your brakes? A squealing or grinding noise should be investigated immediately. Brake performance has improved in recent years, but a large percentage of vehicles brakes are not checked regularly. Brake work performed before you hear those squeals of pain can save you many dollars in repairs. Worn brake pads that begin to connect metal-to-metal can ruin your rotors or drums and add those extra dollars in brake system overhaul.

Honest1 Technicians inspect your brakes as part of our famous Comprehensive Vehicle Inspection that they perform during every service visit. A minimum of at least once a year the wheels should be pulled to inspect components that can't be seen. We have seen brakes wear out as soon as 12,000 to 15,000 miles depending on driving conditions.

What we inspect:

✔ Rotors
✔ Calipers
✔ Brake lines
✔ Hoses
✔ Evaluate the condition of the brake fluid. If the brake fluid absorbs moisture it will become acidic. This can lead to deterioration of seals, and damage ABS module on vehicles equipped with Anti Lock Brakes.
✔ Inspect for leaks at master cylinder, lines, fittings, hoses, modules, and junction blocks.
✔ Check emergency brake adjustment

Benefits of a brake inspection:

✔ Ensure the safety of you and your family
✔ Find any problems before they become expensive to repair
✔ Prevent the possibility of brake failure

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