BRAKE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE
Bays Complete Auto Repair ASE certified technicians are the experts at maintaining and fixing your brakes fast and efficiently. Bays auto complete car services can’t be beat by any other auto repair facility in the valley. It is critical to your safety that your brakes are performing properly on your SUV, car or truck.
Bays Auto uses only the highest quality of parts and our brake pads come with a lifetime part warranty. Our brake pad warranty means you will never have to pay for another brake pad again, as long as you own the vehicle. If you have questions about your brakes, call us today, to schedule a free inspection at 602-331-1311.
Our free brake inspection comes with:
- Test drive vehicle to rate performance of the brake system.
- Inspect and measure how much life is remaining on the vehicle’s brake pads and brake rotors.
- Inspect and measure how much life is remaining on the vehicle’s brake lining and brake shoes.
- Inspect brake fluid level and brake fluid contamination level.
- Inspect brake calipers and the hardware.
- Inspect wheel cylinders.
- Inspect brake master cylinder, brake booster and brake lines.
- Inspect parking brake operation.
SYMPTOMS OF A FAULTY BREAK SYSTEM
A properly operating brake system on your vehicle is important to you and your family’s safety. For this reason, Bays Complete Auto Repair inspects your brakes every time you visit us for any reason.
Braking symptoms that indicate you are having brake issues:
- Brake indicator light is on in the dash.
- Unusual noise when you apply the brakes to stop the vehicle.
- Unusual brake noise such as squealing or grinding when driving.
- The steering wheel shakes or pulsates when you apply the brakes.
- The drivers seat or body of vehicle shakes or pulsates when you apply the brakes.
- Parking brake won’t engage or vehicle will still roll when parking brake engaged.
- Brake pedal feels soft or goes to the floor before engaging.
- A puddle of brake fluid has accumulated under the vehicle.
- Vehicle pulls to left or right when braking.
What can I expect to be checked during a thorough brake inspection?
- Pop the hood. Every good mechanic knows to first check under the hood when a vehicle first arrives. Not only are we looking for causes to the symptoms but we want to make sure everything else is in order, and not further cause any damage to vehicle components.
- Fluid levels and leak inspection: It is important that we check all fluid levels and for leaks anywhere on the brake master cylinder, booster or brake lines.
- Inspect the quality of brake fluid by measuring the ph balance or level of contaminants.
- Electrical: Look for any signs of damaged, loose or corroded wires and connectors.
- Mechanical: Lift the vehicle, remove tires and inspect all brake components for unusual wear, damage or signs of fatigue.
- Measure how many millimeters of brake pad and brake rotor are remaining. Check with dealer specifications to what measurement indicates it is time to replace brake pads and rotors.
- Scan the vehicles computer for any brake related codes.
- Test Drive the vehicle for proper braking operation.
- Parking brake. Test that the parking brake engages and releases correctly.
BRAKE SERVICE OF JOB
- Replace brake pads/shoes and hardware if necessary.
- Machine or replace brake rotors/drums if necessary.
- Adjust rear brakes to correlate with front brake operation.
- Top off brake fluid.
- Test brake fluid for contamination.
- Replace wheel cylinders if necessary.
- Rebuild or replace brake calipers if necessary.
- Bleed the brake lines to remove any air or moisture in the system.
- Test drive vehicle for correct braking operation.
BRAKE FLUID EXCHANGE
When is it time to replace? Brake fluid as well as other fluids on your vehicle have a life expectancy. Operating your vehicle on old brake fluid will damage expensive components. Bays Auto has direct access to all dealership databases which informs us on this expected life expectancy specific to your vehicle. Since many drivers fail to change the brake fluid or are unaware if it has been changed; we must test the ph level or contaminant concentration of the brake fluid. It is possible for a good looking brake fluid to be damaging your brake components.
BRAKE PADS OR BRAKE SHOES
When is it time to replace the brake pads or shoes? On average most vehicles brake pads should be replaced before reaching 2-3 mm. This measurement is determined by the manufacturer and is specific to your vehicle. Bays Auto has one of the best brake pad warranties in the industry: LIFETIME free brake pads as long as you own the vehicle.
BRAKE ROTORS OR BRAKE DRUMS
When is it time to replace the brake rotors or drums? Anytime you replace brake pads the brake rotors need to be machined smooth or replaced. Each vehicle has a millimeter measurement to indicate when a rotor can no longer be machined and needs replacing; specific to the make and model. Machining rotors past this specific measurement will cause poor braking performance.
BRAKE WEAR SENSORS
Many European and high end vehicles also have brake wear sensors that need to be replaced anytime you replace the brake pads. These brake sensors tell your vehicles onboard computer when it is time to replace the brake pads. If your vehicle comes with brake sensors you can expect to pay $20-$45 extra when you get your brakes done.