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Category Archives: Brakes

My brakes are grinding

When your brakes start to grind this can be a indication that your brake pad material is gone or worn out. If your brakes have gone metal to metal it can be dangerous and drastically increase the cost of the repairs. This noise can also be as simple as a rock that is stuck in your rotor or backing plate. We do free brake inspections, never hesitate to call and make an appointment, we want you to be safe on your travels.  Give us a call and let us take care of you 541-791-2886. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My rear brake got hot. Why?

This is most likely due to an issue with one or both of your brake calipers. If you brake caliper sticks or seizes then it can cause your brakes to get very hot and if it is ignored then worst case they could catch on fire. We do free brake inspections. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why did my brakes go out?

There are few things that are scarier than when you apply the brakes and nothing happens. My first thought is oh crap or some version of that. If you're ever in that situation you can use your transmission to slow down and your emergency brake. Your emergency brake is not part of the same system as your other brakes so it should still work. Your brakes could go out for so many reasons and many of those depend on the type of vehicle you're driving. The most common reason we see is that the master fails and leaks. This will cause your brake calipers and/or wheel cylinders to not work properly causing your brakes to not work. Give us a call and let us take care of you 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why do I need to have my brake fluid serviced?

Did you know that when your brake fluid gets contaminated with moisture it can boil and make it hard for you to stop. When this happens it can damage your brake calipers and the other hydraulic components of your brake system. When a brake fluid service is performed we remove all the old fluid, put in new fresh fluid and clean out all the old fluid from your hydraulic brake components and make sure it's all topped off.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why do my brakes squeak?

Your brakes could be squeaking due to the type of material the brake pad is composed of, it could also be due to the pad being worn out. If your brake pad lining is thin then it can cause squeaking. Many manufacturers will make the brake pad squeak when they are worn to a specified amount to let you know they need to be changed. We perform free brake inspections to keep you safe on your travels, give us a call at 541-791-2886 to schedule your inspection.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why do my brakes smell

Typically brakes will smell when they get hot. This can be due to either riding the brakes or a possible failure of one of your brake components. Brakes are a vital component to your vehicle and should be checked regularly to make sure they are functioning properly. We do free brake inspections on all passenger cars and pickups - give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My brake are squealing

When your brakes are squealing it could be due to your brakes being low on material. When your brakes get to a predetermined amount typically 3-4mm then a squealer will let you know that your brakes are getting close to needing to be replaced. We do free brake inspections, anytime.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why is my brake light on

This light typically comes on when our brake fluid is low. Your brake fluid could be low due to a leak in your braking system or because your brake pads are do to be serviced. The best way to know why your light is on is to make an appointment for a free brake inspection. We will check your brakes and your braking system and let you know why your light is on and what the next steps are. We always perform free brake inspections so you can call and make an appointment at any time.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why is my car shaking when I brake?

If your car is shaking when you press on the brakes then it could be that your rotors are  then it could be from your brakes. If your brake components get to hot then it can cause damage to your rotors that will cause a vibration when braking. This can be fixed by having your brake rotors replaced.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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When I Stop My Brakes Squeak

Your brakes may be squeaking due to the material they are made of, or because they are due to be changed. The brake pad has a squealer bracket that will make a noise when you apply the brake when it starts to get too thin. We do free brake inspections to make sure you're safe on all your travels. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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