Brake Repair in Southwest Portland, OR
Brake Repair Service at MotorCar Doctors Auto Repair in Southwest Portland
Braking systems play a crucial role in the safety of your vehicle, however, they are often overlooked. Brake components and friction work to stop your car, and by blocking the tires from turning, they slow your vehicle down, bringing it to a stop.
When you press your brake pedal, your car transfers your foot pressure through some fluid to the brakes. Thus the brakes then transmit force to the tires when they meet friction, and then the tires transmit that force to the road again when they meet friction.
The braking system of your vehicle consists of several components. They consist of the master cylinder, brake calipers, brake fluid and cylinders, servo, as well as disks, drums, pads, shoes, and brake fluid. An elaborate system of brake pipes and hoses interconnects the various components.
By visually inspecting your brake pads, you can determine whether they are in good condition. You can locate your brake pad by looking between the spokes of your wheels. You probably need to replace your brake pads if it appears thin.
What does Brake Service include?
Brake services typically include:
- Replacement of brake pads or brake shoes
- Resurfacing brake rotors or turning brake drums
- Replacement of brake rotors or drums
- Changing brake fluids or flushing
- Repairing brake line leaks
- Troubleshooting brake lights
- Rotors and drums are refinished if needed
- Repacked wheel bearings are carried out as needed
How do I know if my brakes need service or repair?
The following symptoms can identify brake failure:
- Warning lights on a dashboard
- Fluid leaking from the brakes
- Changes in brake response
- Noise while braking
- Shaking or vibration while braking
- Bumpy, spongy brakes
- Steep or hard brakes
- Stagnation or misfiring of the engine
- Vehicle pulling to one side while braking
- Stocking of debris
How often should I service my brakes?
There’s no absolute rule regarding the life expectancy of brake pads or shoes, and it is dependent on the temperature of the climate, your vehicle, brake parts, and the way you drive. Most brake fluid lasts for two to five years.
Brake replacement cycles are unpredictable, so regular inspections are essential. It is advisable to consult with your vehicle owner’s manual to learn the recommended schedule for brake components. At minimum, you should be getting a brake inspection every 10,000-12,000 miles or every year in order to check for significant damage or wear.
How does a properly maintained braking system benefit you?
- Firm and steady pedal feel
- Mind at ease
- Even braking
- Longer brake system component and friction material life
- Smooth stopping
Has your brake system been inspected?
In order to identify which of the shake symptoms listed above is accurate, you need certified technicians to inspect your vehicle’s system to find out what is causing it to shake. We at MotorCar Doctors Auto Repair of Beaverton will determine whether it’s the brake rotors or if your vehicle requires new brake pads so that you can continue traveling smoothly, safely, and comfortably.
At MotorCar Doctors Auto Repair of Beaverton we understand the importance of having a reliable vehicle while still being cautious of budget. Our team can work with you to maintain your vehicle to avoid costly and unexpected breakdowns. We are a full service facility, offering not only brake repair but also other routine maintenance such as:
Call today or send us a message to book your next appointment.