Brake Repair starting at $29.95 | Looking for brake repair service in Ottawa? Gary’s Automotive’s team of brake repair specialists can provide you with the service you need backed with 38 years of experience. We offer brake caliper repair, brake line repair, certified brake check & inspections and more. We now offer FREE visual brake inspections with no purchase necessary. That’s a value of $29.95! Our free inspection is brought to you in part by our commitment to offering our customers exceptional service and repairs at affordable prices. Call and book your appointment today!
Safe, Reliable Brake Repairs
When it comes to your vehicle’s security, the most important part is your brakes. As Jeremy Clarkson once said: “Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that’s what gets you”. Controlling how fast you can stop your vehicle is critical for the safety of you and everyone else on the road. Since the earliest of vehicles, engineers have been developing safe, reliable way to get vehicles to stop.
No matter what system you currently find on your vehicle, Gary’s Automotive has the expert service you need to make sure your car stops fast and safe. Drums or discs, you can count on Gary’s Automotive for reliable service.
What Kind Of Brakes Do I Need?
Most modern vehicles will have 4 wheel disc brakes. Some vehicles may opt for using drum brakes on the rear as a method to save costs. This can be done because in a vehicle, the majority of the braking is done with the front wheels. While modern vehicles can benefit from having disc brakes, there is nothing wrong with traditional drum brakes on rear wheels in some smaller, more economical vehicles.
Disc brakes are composed of three different parts: the rotor (the large metal disc behind your rims), the caliper (the clamp attached to the large metal disc behind your rims), and the pads (inside the calipers). The rotor moves in unison with the wheel. In order to stop, the caliper presses the brake pads against the the rotor, creating friction that eventually slows the wheel to a stop. As you can imagine, there are a number of areas that this system can break down and eventually fail. Pads wear out, rotors become worn down, and calipers may lose their ability to provide enough force to stop the vehicle.
Drum brakes have a few more moving parts, but operate on the same basic principle. In a drum brake, the brake shoes press against the interior of a spinning drum instead of a rotor.
Disc brakes are generally preferred by many as they allow for greater stopping power without overheating. When brakes overheat they lose their ability to perform, known as brake fade. The open design of disc brakes allow for better ventilation of the pads and rotors, further preventing brake fade.
You may notice the brake rotors on high performance vehicles look different from your own. High performance brakes need to be able to withstand incredible amounts of heat corner after corner. In order to help the rotors cool, high performance brakes are often cross drilled a slotted. Cross drilling means that tiny holes are drilled through the rotor, helping create more surface area and better ventilation on the rotor itself. Slotting is the process of creating slots the run along the surface of the rotor. Slotting a rotor can help create a vent for dirt and water to be better removed from the rotor, along with providing more bite into the brake pad. There is some debate over the current market of brake rotors, as cross drilled rotors can be prone to cracking. Gary’s Automotive only uses quality high performance brake rotors, which have chamfered drill holes to prevent cracking.
When Is It Time For Service?
Brake pads have built in pieces of metal that will begin rubbing against the rotors when the pads wear down. This creates a distinctive squeal that lets you know its time for a brake replacement. You can also take a look at your brake pads to know if you need a change. Any less than a quarter inch and you should book service. If you notice your vehicle has started to drift to one side, then it may also be time for service. Vehicle pull happens with a brake caliper doesn’t fully release, creating extra braking force on one wheel. If you notice any leaks coming from your vehicle that are a yellowish colour you should also book service, as this can be the result of a leaking brake system. A leaking brake system can lead to a loss of pressure, which can lead to a loss of braking.
With three convenient locations and 38 years of automotive repairs and service excellence serving Greater Ottawa, Gary’s Automotive repair reputation is second to none! Our commitment and focus remains the same, providing quality brake repair with quality customer service. Gary’s Automotive is dedicated to providing our customers with the best automotive repair and service possible.