For Brake Repair in Boulder, Count on Fisher Auto
Brakes are absolutely essential for any vehicle, and when it comes to maintaining the most important piece of safety equipment your car has, trust your local Boulder service center here at Fisher Auto! We know how important routine maintenance, replacement brake components, and inspections are to the health of your brake system, which is why our technicians have developed this comprehensive guide to avoid serious accidents caused by brake failure.
A Quick Refresher: How Brakes Work
By applying pressure to your vehicle’s brake pedal, a number of events occur. Hydraulic fluid is forced through a series of brake lines, and the pressure from that fluid causes the disc or drum brakes to create friction. This friction slows the vehicle down, and when you step off the brake pedal, springs bring the brakes back to their idle position. Here is what each individual brake part does for your system:
- Brake Pads: Made of metal, rubber, or a combination of the two, brake pads are the components that make direct contact with your vehicle’s brake rotor to generate friction.
- Brake Calipers: Brake pads are attached to the brake calipers. The calipers act as a clamp and work to apply the pad to the brake rotors.
- Brake Rotors: Available in slotted or drilled configurations, brake rotors are attached to your wheel to slow the car down when brake pads are clamped down on them.
- Brake Shims: Found between rotors and pads, brake shims prevent excessive noise and correct imperfections in the rotor when the brakes are applied.
- Brake Lines: Brake lines push hydraulic fluid to the disc and drum brakes. Without brake lines, your brakes will not work.
- Wear and Tear: Why Brakes Breakdown
With every application of your brake pedal, your brakes will wear down ever so slightly. This is why it’s essential to have your brakes inspected during every routine service visit, especially if you find yourself in stop-and-go traffic on a regular basis. Over continued periods of use, brake fluid can get dirty, brake lines can become clogged, and other issues involving brake drums, rotors, and hydraulic parts can arise.
Look, Listen, and Feel: Brake Warning Signs
If you press down on your brake pedal and are unsure of how well your brakes will perform, there are some key warning signs to be aware of. Brake replacement time frames can fluctuate depending on your make and model as well as how you drive. Listed below are warning signs that could indicate brake issues.
- Rust or metal flakes coming off of your brakes
- Loud grinding or high-pitched squealing sounds
- A “squishy” feeling when the brake pedal is depressed
- An acid or burning smell
- Shuddering or constant vibration in the steering wheel
- The brake system warning light goes on
If you notice any of these problems, it could be a sign that your brake system requires service. Some brake pads and rotors come with visual wear indicators as well. We recommend that brake pads be inspected every 12,000 miles, with brake pad replacement occurring every 25,000 miles or so.
When the Time Comes: Brake Service at Fisher Auto
No matter what sort of issue you may come across with your brake system, the Fisher Auto service center has you covered. Common brake services we provide include:
- Brake Fluid Exchange: We flush your brake lines of old, dirty brake fluid and replace it with fresh fluid.
- Rotor Service: Over time, your rotor can get thinner or warp from heat. If they are not cracked or warped, we can resurface your rotor so that it is completely flat. Otherwise, we will replace your rotors altogether to ensure optimum brake function.
- Brake Pad Replacement: Our parts department carries genuine OEM brake pads, and depending upon your driving style, we recommend replacing them every 25,000 miles or so.
- Staying Healthy: Brake Maintenance and Repair at Fisher Auto
Should you find yourself noticing warning signs with your brake system, or if you are due for an inspection, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle to the Fisher Auto service center as soon as possible! We’re located at 6025 Arapahoe Road in Boulder. Our service center hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Feel free to contact us at 303-254-6414 for more information.