Brake Service and Repairs

Brake Service and Repairs – Drive safely to your destination and back again

Brake repair and service is one of the most commonly mentioned concerns at Ootmar Automotive.  Everyone wants their cars to stop when needed. Some brakes only last 20,000kms while some last over 90,000kms.  Here are some frequently asked questions:

  • How do you get the most out of your brakes?

  • How to you prevent the “pulsation” sensation that you feel when you reach the bottom of a hill?

  • How much do I spend on brake repairs?

  • Is there a benefit to purchasing “lifetime warranty” brake?

These are all common and valid questions.

Disc BrakesFirst off, some education may be needed to understand when to undergo brake service.  Brakes stop the vehicle because the brake pad/shoe contacts the rotor/drum and creates friction.  They operate similar to a bicycle. The more friction the brakes create, the sooner the vehicle stops. When you step on the brake pedal, the pedal pushes hydraulic fluid to each wheel.  The hydraulic fluid then pushes a piston or wheel cylinder against the brake lining and in turn against the brake rotor or drum.

Drum Brakes

When was the last time you have your brakes checked?

Braking systems on your car or light truck are often overlooked during routine oil change services. At Ootmar Automotive, we recommend that brakes be checked every service, approximately every four to six months, depending on how much you drive)

Symptoms of when brake repair or service is required  can be squealing, vibrating, pulling from side to side, hot smells, and low or soft brake pedal, poor holding power on your park brake or high brake pedal effort.

There are many systems within the brakes that can wear or malfunction. Such as,

  • Brake friction material

  • Brake rotors

  • Brake frames and calipers

  • Brake hydraulic hoses and steel lines

  • Brake hydraulic mast cylinder

  • Brake control valve or proportioning valves

  • Brake anti lock systems

  • Park brake systems

All these systems can greatly be affected by age, miles drive, driver abuse, overuse or even rust and corrosion. (Particularly vehicle driven in heavy winter conditions where roads are salted more frequently)

Brakes, steering and suspension systems are the most important safety aspects of your car.  Take care of them and they will take care of you and your family.  So if you’re not sure how your brakes are, have them checked.  Don’t wait for them to have a problem.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your brakes.

Please contact us today at 604-681-1727 and/or to learn more.