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Brake Repair & Replacement

Exton, PA How Brakes Work - Why Brakes are Important

Brake Auto Repair Services

Brakes are pretty much the most important safety device on your car. If you’ve ever partially lost your brakes in the past, you’ll agree that it’s not something you want to experience again. Inspecting your brakes twice a year for wear and damage can protect you and your passengers. Additionally, it will also help save you money by catching any damage before it becomes too costly.

The master cylinder, the heart of the vehicle’s braking system, holds the brake fluid when it is not being delivered to the brakes through the brake lines. If brake fluid leaks because the master cylinder is worn or brake lines are plugged or broken, the fluid cannot be delivered, and the brake pads will become ruined.

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West Chester, PA About Your Vehicle's Breaks

Common Questions We Get About Brakes

  • Are brakes checked during inspection?
  • Can brakes catch fire?
  • Can break stop working?
  • How do brakes and rotors work?
  • Should brakes make any noise?
  • Should brakes squeak?
  • Should brakes be hot after driving?
  • Should new brakes squeak after being replaced?
  • What breaks do I need for my car?
  • Can your brakes lock up?
  • Should brakes squeal?
  • Should brakes squeal in reverse?

If you are curious about any of the above questions, we highly recommend contacting our office so that you can get an expert opinion about your brakes, why they may be making noise, what that noise means, and more information regarding your vehicle's brakes. Contact our team today!

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West Chester, PA Why your vehicle's brakes may be making noise

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The brake fluid itself can become dirty or contaminated as it draws rust-causing moisture and picks up other debris, or it can break down from excess heat. Clean brake fluid is either clear or slightly yellow, while dirty brake fluid may be brown or even black. Old and dirty brake fluid can damage ABS brake systems internally.

The brake lines connect to the master cylinder through a combination valve, which combines a metering and proportioning valve. It regulates the pressure on the front and rear wheels to make sure both sets of brakes are applied simultaneously. A malfunctioning combination valve may cause the wheels to lock up.

Brake Materials and The Sounds Brakes Make

Brake pads and shoes can be made of ceramic, metal or organic materials, while the disc rotors and drums they press against are made of metal. Because the pads and shoes create friction to stop the car, they gradually wear down over time and may wear away completely, letting the metal of the calipers and cylinders they are attached to grind against the rotors and drums and damage them. Some pads have a metal strip attached that sounds a warning whistle when the pad becomes too worn, but this strip sounds only when the car is in motion and the brakes are not applied.

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Areas We Serve

Although customers come from many various cities, counties and even states. Below is a list of cities we commonly serve.

  • Altor, PA 19380, USA
  • Ashwell, PA 19382, USA
  • Caswallen, PA 19380, USA
  • East Goshen Township, PA, USA
  • Exton, PA 19341, USA
  • Frazer, PA 19355, USA
  • Hyllwynd, PA 19382, USA
  • Lionville, PA 19341, USA
  • Marshallton, PA 19382, USA
  • West Chester, PA, USA
  • Willistown, PA 19073, USA
  • Windon, PA 19382, USA
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