Brakes Service in Naples, FL

The brake system is one of the most complex system which requires proper maintenance over the lifetime of a vehicle.

The vehicle's brake system is a grouping of parts which serve a critical role in keeping you and others safe. Keeping the brake system in working properly should be a vehicle’s owner top priority.

The Pedal is a strong lever which transfers the force from your foot to the brake master cylinder or pump. The brake master cylinder or brake pump consists of a piston and a fluid reservoir. When braking, it pushes the brake fluid to flow through the brake lines to each brake hose and into the caliper piston or wheel cylinder. This in turn pushes the caliper to applies force to the brake pads against the rotors. 

Most vehicles have front and rear disc brakes, and some have front disc brakes and rear drums brakes setup.

The brake pads are typically made from hard organic, metallic compound or a mix of both. The pads are made to resist under high heat and pressure during all braking conditions. What happens when you apply the brakes? The brake pads contact the rotor, friction occurs, and heat is created. 

The last part of your braking system is the rotors. Typically made from G3000 or G4000 grey cast iron, they are made heavy enough to dissipate heat, in today’s vehicles, many of the rotors are not thick enough, and can warp within a few thousand miles when driving under severe conditions. 

Common problems:
-Wear: Brake System does a lot of work and the brake pads take the most use. It is a good to have your brakes checked every 6 months or when you suspect a problem. Symptomatic problems such as squeaking, squealing, grinding, longer pedal travel or increased stopping distance. 
- Warped Rotors: Rotors warp due overheating. A warped rotor will give a pulsing feeling when applying the brakes. This pulsing can be annoying or even dangerous. Today’s vehicles have thinner rotors and can warp very easily, some simply do not have enough material to resurface the rotor and guarantee that they will not warp.

Preventive Maintenance:
    • Avoid "riding" your brakes. Try slowing down with moderate pressure and then releasing cool, rather than riding the brakes and possibly overheating them
    • Keep your wheels and braking system clean. Have your technician clean your brakes at least once a year, this helps your brakes work better and keep temperatures down.
    • Perform a brake fluid flush every 2 years to prevent fluid contamination which in turn 

What to discuss with your mechanic?:
    • Be wary of low-priced brake jobs advertised in the paper or TV. Some shops will use low quality parts that last half the life span of good quality ones. 
    • Your mechanic should clean all components of the brake system to ensure a dust and squeak-free brake job.
    • Applying anti-seize compound on the threads and bolts including lug nuts prevent them from rusting fast and causing issues down the road.
    • A good mechanic uses anti-squeak compound on the back of the brake pads. This helps the pads avoid annoying vibrations. 

The safety of you and your family is important to us. Stay safe by educating yourself. When you think you have a brake problem, bring it in to have it checked by our trusted technicians.

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