Time To Get Your Brakes Checked!

Brake Service at Pro MufflerMost  drivers know that braking means slowing or stopping a vehicle. The mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There’s also the power brake system and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.

Let’s step back. A car or truck rolls brand new off the showroom floor at a Southwest Michigan dealer. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and the power assist are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the auto tires are brand new, with full tread. Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance.

With miles starting to add up most drivers tend to focus on the brake pads. The pads, and shoes on drum brakes, are called the friction material. That’s because they provide the friction used to stop the auto. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it’s not until they are worn so thin as to be out of spec that they lose stopping effectiveness.

The mechanical parts of the brakes have pistons and springs that get quite a workout while stopping the auto. Over many miles, these wear and get gummed up. They start to lose effectiveness gradually and could even fail. That’s why a regular brake inspection is important. At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop, we can test the operation of the brakes and see if any parts need cleaning or replacing.

That leads us to brake fluid service. Some of the critical additives in the fluid that lubricate and clean the auto fluid system are depleted over time. That and moisture building up in the system deteriorate the performance of the brake fluid. Brake fluid replacement at Pro Muffler & Brake Shop includes flushing the brake system to clean out deposits, water and dirt. Then the system is filled up with fresh fluid.

The tires are what connect the auto to the road. The stopping force is ultimately dependent on the traction provided by the tires. The better they grip the road, the quicker you’ll stop as you drive.

For questions about brakes, brake pads, brake service, winter preparation, or tires, talk to Pro Muffler & Brake Shop  manager Mark & Chris Shuck.
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Pro Muffler & Brake Shop
269.926.2006
2094 South M-139
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022

Thank you Pro Muffler & Brake Shop! If I have a problem with my brakes or my muffler again, I will come to you! Many thanks to you & staff. My car runs so much better and because of you guys I have confidence in driving my car. Customer of '97 Honda Civic
Dear Kevin & Rich,We finally made it to the West Coast. We’re in Northern California headed down to San Fran. We picked up my PT Cruiser and it’s holding up well… So far. I don’t want to jinx myself. Hope all is well in Michigan. Perhaps we’ll meet again. Thanks for all your kindness!Sincerely, Beth & Jerod
Kevin & Pro Muffler guys, “Many thanks for your prompt, courteous & special service today!Anita
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