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Brake Repair & Service

Duncan Brake RepairYour car’s brakes are perhaps it’s most important safety feature. Keeping them in good working order is crucial not only for your own safety, but that of your passengers and others sharing the same road. It’s therefore important to have regular brake inspections done (at least once a year) to ensure your brakes are working properly, keeping you safe, and helping to avoid costly replacements. You should, however have a brake inspection done right away if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Your brakes are continuously squeaking, squealing, or grinding.
  • Your brake or anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning light comes on.
  • Your car jerks or pulls to one side when braking.
  • You need to pump your brakes for them to work properly.
  • Your brake pedal feels unusually soft and spongy or hard.
  • You notice brake fluid leaks around the wheels or engine compartment.

Any time you notice these or other symptoms, it’s a good idea to have your brakes checked. At Cowichan Auto Repair, if our inspection reveals you do need brake repair service or “brake job“, we will explain exactly what’s required, what’s optional, and provide you with a written estimate before any work is done.

Common brake repair services include:

  • Brake Inspection
  • Brake rotor replacement
  • Front disk brake repair
  • Parking Brake adjustment
  • Rear disk brake repair
  • Rear drum brake repair

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Brake Repair/Brake Service Frequently Asked Questions

What causes brake noise?
Brake squeals are caused by the brake pads vibrating, spring clips losing tension or poor brake pad fit on the caliper. If you hear a grinding noise when you brake, you’re likely hearing the metal backing of your brake pad contacting your rotor because the brake pad material has completely worn away.
I hear a grinding noise when I step on the brakes. Should I be concerned?
Whether it’s a squeal or a grind, brake noise means the brake system needs some attention. Bring your vehicle to Cowichan Auto Repair, and we’ll be happy to take a look.
My brake pedal feels spongy. Why?
If you have to press the brake pedal farther or harder than usual to stop, there could be a hydraulic or mechanical brake problem. We suggest you bring your car in for a brake inspection as soon as you can.
How often should I change my brake fluid?
The most accurate answer is as often as your owner’s manual suggests. Some manufacturers recommend new brake fluid as often as every two years. You also need to change your brake fluid if it contains too much copper. Copper is measured in parts per million, and the industry-accepted limit is 200 ppm. Any more than that and the fluid no longer meets design specifications and should be replaced.
The car pulls to the right or left when I step on the brakes. Why?
You may have a hydraulic brake problem, a mechanical problem, or a steering or chassis issue. A thorough inspection will tell us for sure.
Do I have to change my brake fluid?
You don’t have to change your brake fluid, but consider this: When the brake fluid shows signs of high levels of copper content, the additives in the brake fluid are breaking down. This increases acid levels, and causes erosion of parts and possible damage to Anti-Lock Brake System components. Today’s anti-lock brake systems are expensive – some parts cost thousands of dollars, not including labor. Changing your brake fluid protects this investment.
My car shakes when I hit the brakes. What's going on?
It’s possibly a sign that your rotors need attention, but we’ll know for sure once we take a look.
I only have 15,000 kms on my car and my brakes are squeaking. Do I need new brakes already?
Probably not, but whether it’s a squeal or a grind, brake noise means the brake system needs some attention. Bring your vehicle to Cowichan Auto Repair, and we’ll be happy to take a look.
How long do brake pads and rotors last?
All brake pads and rotors wear down. The rate at which this happens depends on your driving style. Cars that drive in town with lots of stop-and-goes will consume brake friction material much faster than cars that drive primarily on highways. Vehicle loads are the other factor. The heavier your car is, the more braking power it requires to stop.

Your vehicle’s brake system involves highly engineered parts and precise movements that stop your vehicle by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy. When you press down on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes a system of hydraulic brake lines leading to each of the vehicle’s wheels, where brake pads or shoes press against a disc or drum and create the necessary friction needed to slow the vehicle to a complete stop. Over time, this friction and heat has the potential to wear down the brake shoes, brake pads, calipers, brake rotors, and other braking components. While the components comprising each brake system may vary, the warning signs for impending brake repairs are the same.


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