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My car shakes when I brake

If your car is shaking while braking it is most likely due to an issue with your brake rotors. Your brake rotors can get overheated when braking down long hills or when pulling heavy loads. When your rotors get overheated this can cause them to warp and then your car will shake while braking.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My car is making a scraping noise

Your car may be making a scraping noise due to an issue with your brakes. If one of your brake calipers is seized or sticking then it can cause a noise when you're driving. This noise will not go away and will progressively get worse. Your brake caliper can seize due to an excessive amount of moisture in your brake fluid that will damage the internal components of your braking system. Your brake fluid's moisture content should stay below 1% anything more than that and it should be serviced. We typically advise that you have your brake fluid serviced every 12 months. We also do free brake inspections, give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather 

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My rear brake is smoking

Smoking brakes is something that you should be very concerned about. This could be due to the caliper being seized and applying the brake or it could be an issue with your parking brake system. If your parking brake cable gets stuck and it stays on it can also cause your brakes to smoke. Over time your parking brake cable can become corroded and the cable can seize which will make it not release when you release your parking brake. This can also cause your parking brake to not hold properly on a hill. This is a safety concern that needs to be addressed immediately to keep you, your family and others safe.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My car is pulling to the right

There are questions that come with this statement. When does it pull? When you hit the brakes? While driving down the road? If your car is pulling when you're on the brakes then it's an indication that you're having an issue with your brake calipers. When you caliper sticks then it causes your brake to be stuck on and that will cause the pulling. We do free brake inspections, you're welcome to call and we will get you in to make sure you're safe on all your journeys.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My brakes are making a grinding noise

Your brakes could be making a grinding noise due to a caliper that is sticking and causing premature wear to your brake pads. This when left undiagnosed can cause your brake pads to damage your rotor if your pads get to thin. Having a caliper dragging will cause poor fuel mileage, pulling when driving or braking and if left for to long it can be a safety hazard.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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My brake light indicator is on

Your brake light could be on due to low brake fluid. Low brake fluid can be an indication that your brake pads need to be replaced. This can also be an indication that you have a leak in your brake system. When your brake light indicator comes on then you need to have your system checked to make sure you're safe on the road. We do free brake inspections - give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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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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