Brake Repair Raleigh NC
Brake repair is a vital component of your vehicle that should not be overlooked, and at Creech Import Repair we service your brakes with the understanding that you are placing your trust and your safety into our hands. Braking systems can break down in a variety of ways: the components that make up the system may be faulty or need replacing, the lines carrying brake fluid can leak, brake fluid can be lost, and any other number of things can go wrong. The technicians at Creech Import Repair can diagnose the different types of brake problems and fix them, so that you can keep you and your family safe. Whether you have all disc brakes or a combination of disc and drum brakes, we can service your entire braking system.
A quick overview of how brakes work:
The typical brake system consists of disk brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear connected by a system of tubes and hoses that link the brake at each wheel to the master cylinder. Other systems that are connected with the brake system include the parking brakes, power brake booster and the anti-lock system. When you step on the brake pedal, you are actually pushing against a plunger in the master cylinder, which forces hydraulic oil (brake fluid) through a series of tubes and hoses to the braking unit at each wheel. On a disk brake, the fluid from the master cylinder is forced into a caliper where it presses against a piston. The piston, in-turn, squeezes two brake pads against the disk (rotor), which is attached to the wheel, forcing it to slow down or stop.
Common Brake repair issues
One of the most common brake issues we see in our shop is vibration when brakes are applied. Brake rotors get very hot, even in normal use. The friction created when the brakes are hydraulically compressed against the rotors creates heat, which is severe enough can actually cause the rotors to warp. If the vibration is bad enough, it can affect the braking ability thus becomes a safety issue. Manufacturers like Toyota, Honda and Nissan just to name a few, recommend machining rotors “on the vehicle” as opposed to removing the rotors and machining on a bench lathe. The reason for this is by machining on the vehicle compensates for any hub run-out which would transfer to the rotor, which in itself could create a brake vibration, or cause rotors to warp prematurely.
To machine rotors on the vehicle requires special equipment. Our shop uses a “Pro-Cut” machine which is the best in the industry. This equipment isn’t cheap, but to provide the best possible results requires “on the car rotor machining”.
Chris Pittman (seen below) is machining the brake rotors on the vehicle with our Pro-Cut brake lathe. Machining rotors cuts a new flat surface for the new brake pads to contact, eliminating vibration and maximizing brake stopping ability/performance.
Some common causes of warped rotors are…
Consistently hard braking.
Driving in hilly areas.
Poor quality brake pads (high metallic content)
Brake rotors binding or sticking causing the brakes to drag.
Brake rotors that are too thin.
Towing heavy loads without the assistance of trailer brakes.
Remember, your satisfaction is our ultimate goal. In order to keep you satisfied with our repairs and services, we employ only the best mechanics and technicians. Our repair technicians are ASE certified, and use the latest in technology and equipment to keep your car in peak condition. We also want you satisfied with your entire experience here at Creech Import Repair, which is why we promote our business philosophy with all employees: treat customers with kindness, respect, and honesty and we will be successful. In addition to our focus on customer service and satisfaction, we stand behind our work with a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty on parts and labor.