When it comes to the safety and performance of your vehicle, the brakes play a key role. It's why you're able to slow down and stop-on-a-dime, and any fault or malfunction can jeopardize your safety. As the area's trusted brake repair experts, the team at Mad Hatter Auto Repair in Council Bluffs, Iowa, wants to make sure your safety is never compromised. Our ASE Master Certified technicians and professional service advisors can identify the issues your car is experiencing and provide the necessary services to ensure the braking system is performing correctly. From significant repairs to simple maintenance, know that our shop can do it all.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will brakes work without antilock braking system (ABS)?
Brakes will work without ABS, however ABS will not work during an emergency stop that may cause brakes to lock up and loss of steering control.
2. Will brakes bleed themselves?
No, brakes will not bleed themselves. The brake hydraulic system must be opened and air must properly be flushed completely out of the brake lines.
3. Which brakes wear out first?
Front brake pads do the majority of the stopping for the vehicle. But this does not mean the front brakes will wear out first so do a visual inspection before replacing.
4. Why do brakes squeak?
Brake sensors, dust, rust, and worn brakes can cause a brake squeak. Sometimes suspension noise can be mistaken for brake squeaks.
5. Are brakes checked on a service?
Most great mechanics do perform a visual brake inspection when servicing a vehicle. This does not mean they will catch a noise or drivability issue.
6. Can brakes make a "clunking" noise?
Yes, brakes can make a "clunking" noise when the brake shims are not properly installed or they have worn out.
7. What brakes do I need for my car?
What brakes you need for your car can change depending on the car. Talk to a qualified auto repair shop or parts provider to determine what you need.
8. How do brakes work?
Brake fluid is pushed to the caliper and wheel cylinder. This pushes the brake pad into the brake rotor causing friction slowing the speed of the wheels.
9. What is a brake job?
Brake jobs can vary based on what is needed to complete the job. Most of the time, mechanics are referring to replacing brake pads and brake rotors.
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