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Brake repair Burlington

Regular brake inspections can help avoid costly breakdowns or repairs.  Even if your brakes seem like they are working ok, inspections can reveal potential problems before any costly damages or breakdowns happen.  

On the flip side, brakes replacement is a necessary maintenance component of your vehicle. At Fairview Tire AutoPro we use high-end quality brake parts such as ceramic brake pads with a 24,000km parts and labour warranty to give you peace of mind.

  Brake fluid, drain and fills, hose checks and proper lubrication is also highly recommended to have inspected and scheduled.

Ask us about your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.

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Brake repair Burlington

On a vehicle, the braking system is crucial. Every driver wants the peace of mind of knowing that their vehicle’s braking system is in excellent condition. Drivers want reassurance that their brakes can stop the car quickly and safely. That’s why brake maintenance and service are a priority

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don’t stop turning during braking, preventing the car from skidding. This provides better vehicle control.

If your ABS light comes on, promptly visit Fairview Tire AutoPro in Burlington. Our team of professional mechanics will be happy to diagnose and resolve the issue. 

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Brake Fluid Flush

Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air, making the braking system less effective and the fluid corrosive. Therefore, regular brake fluid flushing is important to ensure your vehicle uses fresh fluid.

Consult with our technicians at Fairview Tire AutoPro to determine the optimal time for brake fluid flushing.

Brake Hoses

A brake hose is a tube that carries pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause delayed or slow braking, and a leak in the hose can lead to brake failure or the entire braking system.

While they don’t need frequent replacement, they should be replaced at the first signs of cracking or wear.

Brake repair at Fairview Tire AutoPro in Burlington - mechanic in charge of brake maintenance
Brake repair at Fairview Tire AutoPro in Burlington - mechanic in charge of brake maintenance

Brake Pads and Disc Replacement

Often, brake pad issues can be identified by a grinding noise during braking. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you’ll hear a metal-on-metal grinding sound. Unfortunately, this means it’s too late, and you’re already damaging your rotors or drums!

If you experience these issues, promptly consult Fairview Tire AutoPro in Burlington for expert advice.

Caliper Replacement

The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake.

Uneven braking makes your vehicle uncontrollable in poor weather conditions. In such a scenario, contact Fairview Tire AutoPro in Burlington as soon as possible

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Brake Repair Burlington and Maintenance : What Is It ?

Brake repair is a generic term referring to all services, procedures, and inspections related to your vehicle’s braking system. Our professional mechanic initiates the service by conducting a thorough brake inspection. They ensure that all brake components are working optimally and in their best condition.

They also inspect rotors, brake pads, calipers, and clips to ensure all these essential components are functioning perfectly. If replacements or repairs are necessary, our professional will contact you to verify if you want the maintenance to be performed.

To ensure your safety, your passengers’, and other drivers’, your car needs regular brake maintenance. The goal of diligent maintenance is to guarantee that all components of the braking system, including rotors, brake fluid, calipers, and brake pads, are in excellent and perfect working condition.

Your vehicle’s braking system has an impact on safety, handling, and overall performance. That’s why it needs to be regularly maintained and inspected. 

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Brake Repair and Maintenance: Warning Signs

Brake wear varies from driver to driver and depends on several factors. There is no precise schedule to follow. However, at Fairview Tire AutoPro, we recommend having your brakes checked once or twice a year or every 20,000 – 30,000 kilometers.

Maintenance of caliper pins and brake oil changes prevent and anticipate damage that can be caused to other components, thus avoiding more expensive repairs. Over time, brakes wear, inevitably reducing braking efficiency. Therefore, this complex system must be regularly maintained to extend its lifespan.

However, if you feel, hear, or see any of the listed signs below, it suggests that you should schedule an appointment with our brake repair service as soon as possible.

Brake warning light on a dashboard

Brake Warning Lights Illuminate

The first warning signal is the simplest: brake warning lights illuminate on your dashboard.

There are two lights: one for your brake pads and another for brake fluid. If either of these lights comes on, your vehicle needs to be checked promptly by the professionals at Fairview Tire AutoPro in Burlington.

The goal is to ensure the protection of the driver, passengers, and other road users. 

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Extended Braking Times

When you brake with properly functioning brakes, stopping times are short and precise. The vehicle stops quickly and effortlessly.

If you notice that the vehicle takes longer to stop or that it slides when braking, it is urgent to come to our automotive center to address the issue.

At this stage, brake repair or maintenance is inevitable.

brake pedal

Soft Brake Pedal / Slow Response / Goes Further Down

Every time you press the brake pedal to stop the car, it should be firm. You should feel a slight resistance under your foot.

If you encounter soft or deep brake pedals, it clearly indicates the presence of air or moisture in the braking system. Additionally, it may indicate a problem with the master cylinder.

These issues can have a considerable impact on how the brakes operate. The consequences can be tragic. These warning signals should not be neglected.

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Grinding, Squealing, or Squeaking Noise

When you brake, listen to your brakes. If you hear grinding, squealing, or squeaking, you may have a problem with the rotors, brake pads, or calipers.

These noises indicate that the brake pads are worn or that the caliper is rubbing against the rotor.

If you hear any of these noises, the damage is already done. You may need to replace the discs and calipers.

a woman in a car with a strange smell in the cabin

Burning Smell During Braking

A burnt smell is the last thing you want to smell while driving. If you smell a burning odor when you brake, it indicates that your brakes are overheating.

As soon as you smell burning, stop your vehicle immediately and investigate the potential cause.

Neglecting this problem can be very dangerous. It can boil the brake fluid, potentially leading to brake failure.

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Car Vibrates or Shakes During Braking

If your car shakes, vibrates, or wobbles when you brake, it indicates that the thickness of your rotor is uneven.

Brake discs are large, perfectly round, and smooth metal discs inside the wheels. When the disc is warped or unevenly worn, it vibrates or wobbles when you brake. Left uneven, material will continue to accumulate on uneven spots, worsening the problem over time.

Come to Fairview Tire AutoPro in Burlington to resurface the brake discs of your car to solve the problem.

Brake Repair Burlington and Maintenance: Ensure Your Safety

There is no doubt that brakes are an essential element of your vehicle. Without effective brakes, you cannot stop your vehicle in time, which can have serious, even irreversible, consequences. Whether it’s a minor collision or a serious accident, no situation is worth the risk of not performing brake maintenance on your vehicle.

With regular maintenance of your brakes, you ensure your safety by knowing that your brakes are fully engaged and in perfect working condition when you use them.

It is crucial to understand that brake pads are designed to wear gradually. So, if you wait longer than their lifespan, you may end up spending a lot more money than with regular maintenance.

Indeed, when the pads wear out, and you continue to drive the car without replacing them, it puts additional pressure on other brake system components like drums, rotors, and calipers. If any of them are damaged, you can easily add hundreds of dollars to your bill.

That being said, it is essential to have your brakes checked from time to time and perform the required maintenance if there are signs of wear.

Book your brake service with Fairview Tire AutoPro today!

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Brake Repair Burlington : FAQs

Brakes are designed to counteract the movement of your vehicle. When you press your brake, a lever acts on the master cylinder to release hydraulic fluid. This fluid triggers a chain reaction in the hydraulic system, moving from cylinder to cylinder to multiply the small force applied by your foot to stop your car.
Brake pads work with the brake caliper to stop the rotation of your wheels. The caliper squeezes the pads together, creating friction between the pads and the brake discs. The pads and rotors then work together to stop the wheels of your car. When you apply pressure to your brakes and hear a squeal, it’s your brake pads warning you that they need to be replaced.
Brake rotors, also called brake discs, are a key element of your vehicle’s braking system. When the brake pads tighten on the rotors, the applied pressure will stop your wheels from slipping.
When you brake, your brakes should be firm throughout the braking process. The harder you press, the more pronounced and powerful your brakes should be. If your brakes feel soft when pressure is applied, you should have them evaluated by one of our professional mechanics. Soft or spongy brakes can be a sign of a problem in the hydraulic system, such as faulty calipers or a weak flex line.
The brake pedal is soft when brake fluid does not flow correctly. This means that air has entered the brake system conduits, preventing the proper flow of fluid. To get rid of the air, you will need to follow a process called “brake bleeding.”
A brake system flush involves removing the existing brake fluid and adding new fluid to the hydraulic system. This ensures proper performance and an extended lifespan for your brakes.
Yes. Brake fluid affects the operation of your braking system because the presence of water in the brake system conduits reduces the boiling point of the fluid. Therefore, it decreases the vehicle’s braking capacity in case of sudden or emergency stops.
It depends on the brand and model of your vehicle. We recommend referring to your manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance guide for best practices for your vehicle. A general rule is to replace the brake fluid every time you replace your brake pads.
The usual cause for a car pulling to the left or right during braking is contamination of the braking system. For example, it could be a faulty brake hose. Alternatively, it can also happen if a caliper malfunctions.
The most common answer is that the brake discs are worn and beyond the usage limits. In this case, you may also feel vibrations through the brake pedal. Vibration can also occur when a brake caliper sticks, in which case the steering wheel will vibrate too.