Brakes

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Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc Tech Question:
What is the Power Brake Service?

Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc Tech Answer:

Howdy, Benton Harbor. Let’s talk about your brakes. Basically, the power brake system helps you provide braking power so that you don’t have to do all the work with your brake pedal. The brakes themselves are applied at the wheel using hydraulic pressure. When we step on the brake pedal, we create pressure in the power booster that’s multiplied by vacuum from the engine. The resulting pressure pushes brake fluid through the master cylinder into tubes and hoses that run to the brake at each wheel.

When there’s a problem, it’s usually a fluid leak somewhere along the line. It could be at a fitting or a hose, or even an internal leak in the master cylinder. A leak gives the pressurized fluid somewhere to go other than to the brakes, so stopping power is hurt. Lose enough fluid and you can’t stop at all. Of course that’s extremely dangerous for us Benton Harbor and the others on the road.

If you notice any decrease in stopping power or if your pedal seems mushy, you could have a problem. There are some preventive maintenance items for the power brake system that will help them last longer. At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop in Benton Harbor, we provide comprehensive brake maintenance and repair service.

Obviously Benton Harbor want to make sure their brake fluid is filled to the recommended level. Low fluid in the master cylinder could indicate a leak or worn brake material. Master cylinder leaks are usually just because it’s worn out but, leaks in the brake lines and connectors can be minimized by replacing the brake fluid from time to time. Brake fluid has additives that protect against corrosion that can damage brake components.

Benton Harbor should take note that brake fluid also attracts moisture which can lead to rust – not a good thing for expensive anti-lock brake components. Also, significant amounts of water in the brake fluid can affect stopping power because the water has a much lower boiling point than brake fluid. In the high temperature environment of the brake system, the water can vaporize – and steam doesn’t do a very good job of providing hydraulic pressure.

A final word – make sure you use the recommended type of brake fluid. There are several kinds and using the wrong one can lead to total brake failure. Your friendly and knowledgeable Pro Muffler & Brake Shop technician can help you.

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Pro Muffler & Brake Shop
2094 South M-139
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
269.926.2006

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What is power brake service?

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Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Question:
What is power brake service and why do Benton Harbor auto owners need to have it done?

Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Answer:
Imagine: you pour a tablespoon of water in your hand and throw it as hard as you can. Now, suppose you suck up a tablespoon of water into a syringe, push the plunger and squirt it out. Which would go further?

Of course it’s the water squirting out of the syringe. That’s because you pressurized the water. Your power brake system is kind of the same thing. When you step on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes brake fluid which actuates the brakes so you can stop. Benton Harbor drivers who don’t have enough pressure – can’t stop.

A leak in your brake system would impair – or even eliminate – your stopping power. Brake fluid attracts moisture which can cause dangerous leak-inducing corrosion. So a great way for Benton Harbor auto owners to keep their brake fluid free of contaminants is to change it as recommended.

Enough brake fluid is essential for the proper function of Benton Harbor car owners anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control systems. Your friendly & knowledgeable Pro Muffler & Brake Shop service professional will check your brake fluid level during a full-service oil change. If it’s low it may indicate that a thorough brake inspection is key. Low brake fluid is most usually caused by worn brake pads.

Some of the signs of a leak are reduced stopping power and spongy or hard pedal feel. If you suspect a problem, come into Pro Muffler & Brake Shop for a brake inspection right away.

Give us a call

Pro Muffler & Brake Shop
2094 South M-139
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
269.926.2006
http://promufflerandbrake.com/

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. Continue reading

Disc Brake Maintenance

Today, we’re talking about disc brakes. Your vehicle weighs several thousand pounds and it takes a lot of force to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop – so everything needs to be in good working order.The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to the auto. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and spins with the wheel as you drive. Your brake pads clamp onto the rotor to slow the wheel. The brake caliper straddles the rotor and squeezes the rotor to slow it down. The calipers contain brake pads which rub on the rotor when you step on the brakes. The brake piston causes the calipers to squeeze and release as you use your brakes.

Disc Brake Pad Replacement Benton HarborYour auto brake pads start to wear the first time you step on the brakes. Eventually the pads are worn out and need to be replaced. If you don’t replace brake pads when they’re worn out, the metal parts of the brake will grind against the rotor and carve grooves into the surface. Continue reading

Serpentine Belt Replacement At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc

Today’s Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc article focuses on your serpentine belt. Your serpentine belt is a long belt that’s driven by your engine. It winds around several accessories that power important automotive systems. Let’s go over them.

First, the serpentine belt drives your air conditioning system. Next, the belt powers the alternator.

The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. Serpentine Belt Replacement At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop IncIn some minivans, power steering may have an electric drive and power brakes can be vacuum driven.

And, on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump (on some cars, the water pump is powered by the timing belt).

Your Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc service technician can perform a visual inspection of the belt to see if it has any cracks that signal the belt could fail soon and will measure the amount of belt material to make sure there is enough.

Drivers should be aware that there’s a special, spring loaded pulley attached to the engine called the tensioner pulley and sometimes an extra pulley call the idler pulley. Their job is to make sure there’s a constant tension on the serpentine belt so that it doesn’t slip. The spring can become worn and no longer provide the necessary pressure to keep the belt tight. That’s why it’s often recommended that the tensioner, and the idler pulley if so equipped, be replaced at the same time as the serpentine belt.

All in all, the serpentine belt’s an important part for the function of your minivan. And it’s not that expensive to replace at Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc – so it’s good to do so before it fails.

At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 269.926.2006.

Squeaky Brakes

What to do with squeaky brakes

There are a multiple number of reasons you may experience difficulty in braking your vehicle. The most important thing to remember is you, as the regular driver of your vehicle, usually gets the first hint that something has changed. You suddenly hear a strange noise, a rubbing sound, a pull right or left when braking, or it “just doesn’t feel right”. You have your family on board and sudden doubts enter your mind as to whether you are still safe. Immediately seek professional help at a brake repair facility like Pro Muffler & Brake Shop.

Squealing brakes could be a warning that it’s time to take your vehicle in for repair. Other possibilities such as noises from rust accumulations on rotors in high humidity conditions, to surfaces being “metal on metal” or grinding. Normal squeaks are a result of using “metallic” brake pads and are a constant issue that can be fixed with premium brake pads. Whenever you are in doubt, have your system inspected by qualified technicians immediately.
Before you forget about your brakes, listen:

The only way to be sure of a potential brake issue is to have your vehicle physically inspected by a qualified brake technician.

At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop we are happy to provide you with a FREE Brake Inspection to determine if anything is wrong with your vehicle. If so, we will show you the problem, explain what needs to be done and give you a no obligation estimate. Most importantly, we promise that your bill will match your estimate to the penny.

Vehicle Pulling Right or Left

Your Vehicle is Pulling Right or Left

There are a multiple number of reasons you may experience difficulty in braking your vehicle. The most important thing to remember is you, as the regular driver of your vehicle, usually gets the first hint that something has changed. You suddenly hear a strange noise, a rubbing sound, a pull right or left when braking, or it “just doesn’t feel right”. You have your family on board and sudden doubts enter your mind as to whether you are still safe. Immediately seek professional help at a brake repair facility like Pro Muffler & Brake Shop.

Possibly an under inflated tire, or poor brake adjustment. Could also indicate hydraulic failure or “frozen” hardware due to age or corrosion. You may also notice “sticky brakes” or a wheel that seems abnormally hot.

The only way to be sure of a potential brake issue is to have your vehicle physically inspected by a qualified brake technician.

At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop we are happy to provide you with a FREE Brake Inspection to determine if anything is wrong with your vehicle. If so, we will show you the problem, explain what needs to be done and give you a no obligation estimate. Most importantly, we promise that your bill will match your estimate to the penny.

Pulsation or Shaking of Brakes

Pulsation or Shaking When You Apply the Brakes

There are a multiple number of reasons you may experience difficulty in braking your vehicle. The most important thing to remember is you, as the regular driver of your vehicle, usually gets the first hint that something has changed. You suddenly hear a strange noise, a rubbing sound, a pull right or left when braking, or it “just doesn’t feel right”. You have your family on board and sudden doubts enter your mind as to whether you are still safe. Immediately seek professional help at a brake repair facility like Pro Muffler & Brake Shop.

The brake pedal, steering wheel, or entire vehicle shakes, vibrates or pulsates when brake is applied. Possibly a warped rotor or brake drum and may indicate a need to resurface the rotors. Excessive rust buildup on the rotor surfaces due to age and heat may require rotor resurfacing or replacement. Other possibilities are a loose component or faulty steering mechanism.
Your final bill always matches your estimate!

 

The only way to be sure of a potential brake issue is to have your vehicle physically inspected by a qualified brake technician.

At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop we are happy to provide you with a FREE Brake Inspection to determine if anything is wrong with your vehicle. If so, we will show you the problem, explain what needs to be done and give you a no obligation estimate. Most importantly, we promise that your bill will match your estimate to the penny.

Vehicle Brake Light Is On

Your Vehicle’s Dashboard Brake Light is On

There are a multiple number of reasons you may experience difficulty in braking your vehicle. The most important thing to remember is you, as the regular driver of your vehicle, usually gets the first hint that something has changed. You suddenly hear a strange noise, a rubbing sound, a pull right or left when braking, or it “just doesn’t feel right”. You have your family on board and sudden doubts enter your mind as to whether you are still safe. Immediately seek professional help at a brake repair facility like Pro Muffler & Brake Shop.

A few possibilities are that the master cylinder is low on brake fluid, a sudden drop in hydraulic pressure due to a component failure, or your emergency brake or pedal is still “on”. If your brake pedal is very “low”, it could mean an adjustment is needed. The repair may be simple, or it could be an indication of severe trouble.
Before you have a friend fix your brakes, listen:

The only way to be sure of a potential brake issue is to have your vehicle physically inspectedby a qualified brake technician.

At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop we are happy to provide you with a FREE Brake Inspection to determine if anything is wrong with your vehicle. If so, we will show you the problem, explain what needs to be done and give you a no obligation estimate. Most importantly, we promise that your bill will match your estimate to the penny.

Kevin & Pro Muffler guys, “Many thanks for your prompt, courteous & special service today!Anita
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

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