Brake Services – Brake Pad & Rotor Replacement
The team at Smith Automotive Solutions are your local brake experts. From cars and trucks to diesel and fleet vehicles, we service brakes in all makes and models. When you bring your vehicle in, we will diagnose the problem and offer you the best course of repair.
Why are my brakes wearing down so fast?
Your vehicle’s brakes are essential for your safety on the road, but why are they wearing down so fast? At Smith Auto, we’re here to address your brake concerns and provide top-notch brake repair and services.
Common Mistakes Leading to Brake Wear
To extend the life of your brakes, avoid these common mistakes:
- Failure to Flush Brake Lines – Regular brake fluid flushing helps maintain brake performance.
- Failure to Use Lower Gears – Downshifting in appropriate situations reduces brake strain.
- Sudden Braking – Gradual stops reduce wear and tear. Keep your distance.
- High-Speed Travel – Excessive speed increases brake heat and wear.
- Warped Rotors and Calipers – Warped components can lead to uneven wear.
- Excess Weight – Carrying excess weight puts extra strain on your brakes.
Are you hearing a squealing or screeching noise when your brakes are engaged, or worse, does it sound like metal grinding? If this is the case, chances are your brake pads and the surrounding system need to be checked out by one of our technicians.
Types of Brake Repair and Services
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Regularly replacing worn brake pads and shoes is crucial for ensuring that your vehicle can stop safely and effectively. These components are designed to wear out over time and should be replaced before they become too thin, which could lead to decreased braking performance. We recommend that these are replaced every 30,000-35,000 miles, or in less demanding situations, your brakes may last 80,000 miles or more with proper maintenance.
Brake Rotor/Disc Replacement & Resurfacing
Brake rotors or discs play a critical role in the braking process, as they provide the surface for the brake pads to grip and create friction. If the rotors are worn or damaged, you may notice vibrations in your steering wheel or your brake pedals when you use your brakes.
Brake Bleeding & Flushing
Brake fluid is essential for transmitting hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder to the brake calipers or wheel cylinders. Bleeding and flushing the brake system helps remove air bubbles and contaminants from the brake fluid, ensuring that the brakes operate correctly and consistently.
Master Cylinder Replacement
The master cylinder generates the hydraulic pressure needed to apply the brakes. If the master cylinder fails or becomes faulty, it can lead to a loss of braking power and pose a safety risk. When a master cylinder begins to fail, sometimes the brakes will feel fine one second and lose braking power the next. If the fluid is leaking past the seals inside the cylinder, the pedal may feel firm for a moment but won’t hold steady; it’ll feel spongy and keep sinking towards the floor.
Other Brake Services
Among the services mentioned above, we service all other areas of the brake system including:
- Brake Drum Replacement & Resurfacing
- Cleaning & Adjusting Brakes
- Brake Booster Replacement
- Brake Line Replacement & Fabrication
- Caliper Replacement
- Wheel Cylinder Service
- Parking Brake Service
- ABS and Anti-Lock Brake System Diagnosis, Service & Repair
What are common brake issues that your Honda might face?
If you own a Honda, you may encounter common brake problems such as a soft brake pedal feel. In some models like the Honda Odyssey and Element, issues with the VSA modulator can lead to a softer brake pedal, affecting vehicle operation and safety. Honda has also faced challenges related to airbags, power steering hose failure, defective brake systems, power loss, and ignition interlock issues. Following Honda’s recommended maintenance schedule, replacing worn parts, and regular maintenance can help prevent these issues.
If you need brake service or any other type of service or repair, contact us or stop by and see us on South Lee Highway!