Brake Service & Brake Repair Wilmington NC
A ball rolls into the street, a dog darts into traffic or maybe someone simple a car runs a stop sign right in front of you. Face it, you never know exactly when you’ll need your brakes. That’s just a few reasons why Wilmington N.C. counts on Atlantic Car Care For auto service and brake repair moments like these. And that’s no accident.
From the brake pedal to hydraulic brake fluid, brake master cylinder to power brake booster, drum brakes to disc brakes and electronic anti-lock brake sensors, Atlantic Car Care technicians know every part of your brake system inside and out. No wonder Atlantic Car Care is Wilmington, N.C. auto service and brake service leader.
Remember, regular brake inspections should be part of your vehicle’s ongoing maintenance, helping to ensure its safety and reliability. In fact, we recommend that you have them inspected at least once a year or if you experience any of the following:
- Low or spongy brake pedal
- Hard brake pedal
- Brake warning light that stays on
- Continuously squealing or grinding brakes
Any time you notice these symptoms (or any others), it’s a good idea to have your brakes checked, at Atlantic Car Care Wilmington, N.C. most trusted auto service and brake repair shop, if our inspection reveals they do require repair, we will explain exactly what’s required, what’s optional and provide you with a estimate before any work is done.
There are two types of brakes: disk and drum. Disk brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle.
Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Both types have pads or shoes that press against the brakes and slow the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes are made out of very tough material to withstand the heat and force generated when stopping your car. Eventually, they wear out with use, and become too thin and need to be replaced.
If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced. That’s not only expensive, but also dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.
Brake service will also include a check of your brake fluid. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid actives the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid means not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. You should change the brake fluid when your manufacturer recommends to avoid these problems.
There are different grades of brake pads; good, better and best. Higher grades cost more, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the manufacturer recommends.
So, be sure to properly maintain your brakes, because it’s a lot cheaper than paying the body shop after an accident.
Come in to Atlantic Car Care for an brake inspection before damage occurs. You can call ahead for an appointment by calling 9107941390.