|Your brake system is one of the most important things to the safety of your vehicle. We can help keep you and your vehicle in good shape by repairing, replacing, and performing preventative maintenance on your brakes.|
Besides depending on your vehicle to start, you need to know it's going to stop, too.
That's why taking care of your brake system, no matter what type it is—drum, disc, or ABS (anti-lock braking system)—is so important. With our CompuTrac reminders, you'll automatically get mail reminders when your brake service is due. We know what services are recommended for all vehicle manufacturers, so we keep track for you! Brakes should be checked every 10,000 miles for wear. Get in the habit of doing this, and you'll save the expense of a larger, more costly brake problem down the road. You might even consider having them checked every time you have your oil changed.
We perform the services that keep brakes working because we know how!
Our Gemini Service Center offers comprehensive brake service performed by specially trained technicians who have the most sophisticated diagnostic and servicing equipment. Feel free to ask us any questions when you bring your vehicle in for service.
How brakes work:
Contrary to popular belief, they don't stop the vehicle. They stop the wheels. That may seem like the same thing, unless you ever knew someone whose vehicle went through a busy intersection with the wheels locked up solid!
To stop the vehicle, you must slow the wheels at a speed that keeps them in tight road contact. Stop too quickly and they lock while the vehicle keeps moving. If you stop too slowly, the vehicle won't stop in time.
Different brake systems operate differently.
Some vehicles have drum brakes, some have disc brakes, while others have a combination of disc and drum brakes. Many vehicles today have ABS (anti-lock braking systems) to keep the disc and/or drum brakes from locking. While all these systems are designed to bring the vehicle to a halt, there are differences in how they operate to achieve this.
Disc and Drum Brakes: Most vehicles use disc brakes in front and drum brakes in back; some have disc brakes in both front and rear. Drums have two shoes that press out against the drum to stop the wheel, while discs stop it by squeezing the rotor between two disc pads. Both systems rely on hydraulic pressure to actuate the brakes at each wheel. When you press the brake pedal, you're actually moving a piston in the master cylinder that pushes a pressurized fluid out to the wheels, where it moves another piston that applies the brakes.
Anti-Lock Braking Systems: Seen in more and more new vehicles, they're designed to prevent wheels from locking and provide the shortest stopping distance possible. They use sensors that “keep tabs” on the speed each wheel is turning. A computer monitors these signals to make sure all the wheels continue turning at the same speed. If one wheel slows down during braking, a control module sends commands to electro-magnetic fluid valves which freeze or release hydraulic pressure to that wheel, then reapply it when the tire speeds up again. The idea is to prevent lockup when decelerating hard, such as on slippery roads.
What signs of trouble to look for:
- Brake pedal fades or "pumps up"
- Squealing, screeching, growling or grinding noises
- Vehicle pulls one way or the other
- Vehicle travels farther than normal to stop
- One or more wheels locks up
- Vehicle or brake pedal pulses excessively
If any of these situations occur, call your Ultra Service Center immediately.
We know every part of every brake system.
Always follow your owner's manual schedule of maintenance for your vehicle's brake system. That can help prevent expensive trouble down the road. When your brakes do need servicing, you want a technician who has undergone specialized training to pinpoint the trouble and who uses modern equipment to fix the problem. That's what you get at an Ultra Service Center. We offer a preventive care service on most domestic and foreign cars, vans and trucks, including:
- Total 4-wheel brake cleaning and inspection
- 2-wheel brake service (front disc or rear drum)
- ABS service