We won’t stop until we’re sure your brakes will stop you
If you’re finding your car doesn’t stop as well as it used to, making some strange sounds or the steering wheel shudders when you brake, it might be time to book your car into your local Bridgestone Select Auto Service store for a brake service.
We can diagnose your vehicle’s brake problems and offer brake repair solutions to fit your budget.
We’re open 5 and a half days a week, so you can make an appointment that fits your schedule.
Bridgestone Select Auto Service stores only install the best and only use components that meet or exceed original equipment standards.
Why brake bleeding is important
Have you ever put your foot on the brake pedal and found it to be spongy? When this happens, it can mean air has found its way in to the brake system. The causes can range from a leaky caliper, cylinder or, master cylinder seals, overheating brakes or simply from having had recent work done on your brakes.
Talk to a Bridgestone Select Auto Service technician if you’re experiencing this when braking.
Bridgestone Select Tip: It also a good practice to bleed your brakes when your brake pads or shoes are replaced!
Know your brake parts
Your car’s brakes are a complex hydraulic system composed of many parts which all work together to stop your car safely, these include:
Wheel cylinder assembly
Brake fluid and brake fluid lines
Brake pad wear sensors
ABS and traction system modules
Their main components consist of brake pads, rotor, caliper and caliper support.
Disc brakes are the more efficient of the two systems with applications ranging from passengers cars to locomotives and jumbo jets.
Disc brakes are less affected by water, self-adjusting, self-cleaning, less prone to grabbing and stop better
Brake rotor replacement
If your car starts pulsating, shuddering or is noisy when braking, it’s a sure sign your brake rotors are distorted or worn. This can be caused by overheated or incorrectly mounted rotors, brake pads wearing too thin and the metal of the brake pads scraping against the metal of the brake rotors resulting in scratching and scarring.
When to replace brake rotors
Because every car is different, manufacturer standards vary, and no two drivers are the same, brake rotor replacement machining is best determined with an inspection and review of manufacturer recommendations and specifications by a qualified service technician.
Save yourself time and costly repairs by bringing your car in at the first sign of trouble to your local Bridgestone Select Auto Service store and ask them to check on the condition of your brake rotors and whether they need to be replaced or machined. If your brake rotors have significant wear or are warped, they can be resurfaced or replaced.
How brakes work
Your vehicle’s brake system is primarily composed of disc brakes in front and either disc or drum brakes in the rear.
These are connected by a system of tubes and hoses linking each brake on a wheel to the master cylinder.
Along with the parking brake, cars may also be fitted with supplementary systems like anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic traction control.
Stepping on the brake pedal pushes against a plunger in the master cylinder which in turn forces brake fluid through a series of tubes and hoses to the braking unit at each wheel.
Brake fluid (or any fluid for that matter) can’t be compressed, so it can be directed through the hoses to arrive with the exact same motion and pressure that it started with.
It is very important that there are no air bubbles in the brake fluid. Air can compress, which causes sponginess to the pedal and severely reduced braking efficiency. If air in the brake system is suspected, it must be bled to remove the air.
On drum brakes — fluid is forced into the wheel cylinder which pushes the brake shoes out so that the friction linings are pressed against the drum (attached to the wheel), forcing it to slow or stop altogether.
The benefits of routine maintenance
In both cases above, the friction surfaces of pads (disc brakes) or shoes (drum brakes) convert the forward motion of the vehicle into heat, which is what causes the friction surfaces (linings) of the pads and shoes to eventually wear out and require replacement.
Consequently, all brake pads wear out. The various linings of new brake pads can be up to 12mm thick. If they wear down to less than 4mm, it’s time to book into your local Bridgestone Select Auto Service store and have them replaced. If they wear down to the metal backing plate, the scraping of metal on the metal surface of the rotor can cause significant damage. And it’s possible that the rotor will have to be replaced, or at the very least machined.
On their own, brake rotors will also wear out over time. Your local Bridgestone Select Auto Service store can look up your vehicle specifications and tell you how thick your brake rotors should be. They’ll also check your entire braking system and, if necessary, recommend the required service as part of your routine brake maintenance.
Save the time and expense of costly repairs by having your car brakes, including brake pads, shoes and rotors, checked at regular intervals by your local Bridgestone Select Auto Service store.
Squeaking and squealing
Squealing brakes is a common warning that something needs attention, from dust build up, to contaminated or glazed brake pads/rotors, to the simple brake pad wear indicator.
They are all reasons to have your brakes regularly checked.
Shaking steering wheel
A shaky steering wheel could be a sign that your brake rotors are distorted.
Brake rotors are exposed to extreme heat and wear out over time and need to be machined
Grinding car brakes can indicate that the lining on your brake pads has worn down and is now wearing against the metal of the brake rotors.
Leaving this unchecked can lead to replacement of your brake pads and possible replacement of your brake discs, brake rotors and any other brake parts.
Spongy brakes indicate that air is in your brake system and that the brake fluid needs to be bled, or removed of air.