Brake Repair Services

Brakes are the most important safety equipment on your vehicle. Even minor issues with your brake system should be addressed as soon as they are discovered. If your Brake or ABS light on your dash is on, do not hesitate to bring your car in to be checked. If you think that the vehicle is unsafe to drive, we offer towing within Clayton County and the surrounding area.
No matter what type of brake system you have, we have the knowledge and experience to get your brakes to perform like new. We have worked on a wide variety of brake systems ranging from a 1951 Chevy 3600 with 4-wheel drum brakes to late model vehicles with 4-wheel disc brakes and ABS. We have diagnostic equipment to pin-point problems with Anti-lock Brake Systems, so we don’t waste your time and money changing out parts that “might” be defective.

Services Offered

  • Disc Brakes
    • Brake Pad ReplacementIncreased stopping distance or difficulty in stopping can be caused by the malfunction of any number of brake system components. Most of the time worn pads and shoes are the problem. Front brakes work the hardest and usually wear about twice as fast as rear brakes. Brake pads will usually have an indicator strip that will make a scraping sound when the pads are worn out. Ideally you should replace your brake pads before they reach the wear indicator since the indicator can create a groove in the rotor.
    • Brake Rotor Resurface/ReplacementDisc brakes work by squeezing the rotor between the brake pads. Heat, hard braking, dirt on the rotors, and using worn out pads can damage the rotor by putting deep gouges in the braking surface or by warping the rotor. When this happens, the rotors need to be shaved down (resurfaced) to a smooth surface. Rotors can only be shaved so far before they are considered unsafe and must be replaced.
    • Brake Caliper ReplacementBrake system hydraulics can be difficult to diagnose, but there are a few things you can look for. If your car pulls to one side, you may have a stuck caliper or wheel cylinder. A stuck caliper or wheel cylinder usually will stick in the disengaged position, causing the brake on that wheel to not work. If it sticks in the engaged position, it will require much more power to make that wheel turn if it can turn at all.
  • Drum Brakes
    • Brake Shoe ReplacementIncreased stopping distance or difficulty in stopping can be caused by the malfunction of any number of brake system components. Most of the time worn pads and shoes are the problem. Front brakes work the hardest and usually wear about twice as fast as rear brakes. Brake shoes do not have a wear indicator and the drum must be removed to determine the wear of the shoe. To get a rough idea of how worn rear brake shoes are, engage the parking brake. If the handle or pedal goes nearly all the way to the end of its range, you should bring your vehicle in to check the brake shoes.
    • Brake Drum ReplacementDrum brakes work by squeezing the shoes against the inside of the drum. Heat, hard braking, dirt and brake dust in the drum, and using worn out shoes can damage the drum by putting deep gouges in the braking surface. When this happens, the inside of the drum needs to be shaved down (resurfaced) to a smooth surface. Drums can only be shaved so far before they are considered unsafe and must be replaced. Currently, we are unable to resurface drums, so we only offer replacement.
    • Wheel Cylinder ReplacementBrake system hydraulics can be difficult to diagnose, but there are a few things you can look for. If your car pulls to one side, you may have a stuck caliper or wheel cylinder. A stuck caliper or wheel cylinder usually will stick in the disengaged position, causing the brake on that wheel to not work. If it sticks in the engaged position, it will require much more power to make that wheel turn if it can turn at all.
  • Brake Fluid Leak RepairBrake fluid leaks may come from loose connections, worn out calipers and wheel cylinders, damaged hoses and lines, or a defective master cylinder. No matter where the leak is coming from, it is a serious problem that must be fixed immediately. Loss of fluid means a loss in pressure applied to the brakes. This will make stopping harder… or impossible.
  • Master Cylinder ReplacementA leaking master cylinder is rare, but lately we have had a few 70’s cars come in with this problem. Sometimes fluid will leak out the back of the master cylinder where it mounts to the brake booster, but not always. Often the easiest way to determine you have a leaking master cylinder is to open the brake fluid cap and look for bubbles in the fluid while someone hits the brakes. Air getting into the brake system makes it harder to stop and will make the pedal feel spongy. When a brake master cylinder is replaced, a brake system bleeding is required to make sure all the air has been removed.
  • Brake Booster ReplacementYou may not think of your engine as being vital to your brake system, but engine vacuum is very important. The brake booster is powered by vacuum pressure. A vacuum leak could affect the proper operation of the booster. Vacuum leaks will make a hissing noise when the engine is running. Finding out that you have a leak can be simple, but sometimes finding the source can be difficult. Your brake booster has a vacuum valve on it that only allows the vacuum to travel in one direction. If your engine sound changes when you hit the brakes while parked, you likely have a defective valve. If your brake booster hisses when you hit the brakes, it likely has a leak and needs to be replaced.
  • Anti-lock Brake System Diagnosis and RepairAnti-lock Brakes help you stop faster by regulating the pressure applied to each brake. If your ABS light comes on, you have a brake system issue, a tire with the incorrect pressure, or a fault in the ABS system itself. If it’s because of an ABS system fault, the problem is usually at the wheel speed sensors. The system uses these sensors to determine how much pressure to apply to that brake. In most cars, an ABS system fault will cause the system to default to non-ABS mode, which can be dangerous in rainy weather or for someone not used to cars without ABS. Occasionally the ABS control module will be the source of the problem, but this is rare on non-GM vehicles.
  • Brake System BleedingBrake fluid does not compress when pressure is applied to it. Air does. Air in your brake system may cause a brake to not operate correctly because of the difference in pressure. Often the brake pedal will have a spongy feel to it when there is air in the system. Bleeding is the process of removing all the air from the brake system. Bleeding is required after any brake hydraulic part is disconnected from the lines.
  • Brake System FlushEveryone knows that brake fluid is important, but some people mistakenly put other fluids in their brake fluid. Brake fluid looks very similar to power steering fluid, but they are not compatible. Brake fluid is extremely thin compared to all other engine fluids. Putting other fluids in your brake fluid can cause components to seize up or not respond at all. It will also cause hoses and seals to corrode and fail. If you suspect your brake fluid is contaminated with another fluid type, you will need a complete brake system flush. Depending on how far the other fluid has gotten in the system, components may need to be replaced. This can be a very expensive mistake, so if you are unsure of what brake fluid is or where to put it, call us up.
  • Brake Lights RepairWhile brake lights won’t affect how fast you can stop, they might affect how fast, or if, the person behind you stops. Most often, repairing brake lights is just a simple change of a bulb, but sometimes it’s not. Damaged wiring or a defective brake light switch can cause your brake lights to stay on or not turn on when the brake pedal is pressed. Make sure your brake lights work or that tailgater may become a passenger.
  • Repair of Engine Vacuum LeaksYou may not think of your engine as being vital to your brake system, but engine vacuum is very important. The brake booster is powered by vacuum pressure. A vacuum leak could affect the proper operation of the booster. Vacuum leaks will make a hissing noise when the engine is running. Finding out that you have a leak can be simple, but sometimes finding the source can be difficult. Your brake booster has a vacuum valve on it that only allows the vacuum to travel in one direction. If your engine sound changes when you hit the brakes while parked, you likely have a defective valve. If your brake booster hisses when you hit the brakes, it likely has a leak and needs to be replaced.
  • If you don’t see the service you require listed above, call us at 404-366-9466. We probably just forgot to list it here.

Tire Pressure and Braking

Proper tire pressure is very important. In addition to wearing out your tires and risking a blowout, tire pressure can greatly affect your stopping ability. Most cars have a sticker located in the driver’s door jamb that lists the correct tire pressure, but all cars will have it listed in the owner’s manual. Having too much pressure can cause the tire to not grab the ground as good as it should. This could cause you to skid or take more distance to stop. Too little pressure can cause the car to veer to that side when braking. If you suspect your tires have the wrong pressure or if your tire pressure light is on, you should check all of your tires and air them up or let some air out to bring them to the correct pressure. We can do this for you, if needed.

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