Mark's Alignment & Brake Service wants you to feel comfortable in your vehicle. You can leave the repairs and services to a professional, but please don't hesitate to ask us questions about why a service is needed or how a problem occurred. Give us a call at 585-872-3090, and Mark will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services Mark's Alignment & Brake Service offers.
Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don't stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit Mark's Alignment & Brake Service where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to Mark about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don't need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you'll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it's too late and you're ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.
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 brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact Mark's Alignment & Brake Service as soon as possible.
In a disk brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both rotor and wheel to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Replacing the part will reduce the squealing and wobbling resulting from the compromised rotors. Mark will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.