$129.99 Brake Repair with Lifetime Warranty
Now offering Lifetime Warranty on Premium Brake Pads.
Take advantage of our $129.99 Brake Repair Service today! We start with a free visual inspection of your brake system components and a test drive to thoroughly examine existing brake performance/behavior. We then replace your worn and unsafe pads or shoes with premium OEM recommended brake pads backed by a limited Lifetime Warranty. High quality brake parts offer better fade, higher durability, absorb vibration and reduce noise, with a longer life than cheaper competitor parts. We resurface your rotors or drums when replacement isn't necessary, perform a complimentary semi-blend Oil Change (up to 5 quarts and standard filter), Tire Rotation, and all of the labor required for installation. As with every Auto Repair service at Clackamas Tire & Brake, we include our Complimentary Courtesy Check, and a 2 year or 24,000 mile performance guarantee.
Wear and tear is being put on your Brake System every single time you drive your vehicle. Rotors can be worn unevenly or at an accelerated rate simply by the type of brake pads installed. With constant use like that, we recommend that brakes be inspected every six months or 6,000 miles. If you hear any squeaking, or feel your brakes slip, it's imperative that you have your brakes inspected and potential repaired immediately. If you want to be on the safe side, have your Brake System inspected with every oil change.
A simple 15 minute inspection can tell an experienced Technician how much life is left in your brake pads. Have your Brake Fluid checked for levels and condition. We recommend that you have your brake fluid inspected at least once a year, preferably twice to ensure that your fluid is still clear.
Ask a Tech to check that your brake cylinders aren't leaking and Rotors aren't warped.
Brake Fluid is hygroscopic, meaning that it absorbs moisture and will eventually discolor. Brake Fluid should be clear or roughly the color of Apple Juice, and when it's darker than that, we know that the fluid is contaminated and needs to be replaced. If the fluid becomes rust-colored, it's an indication that moisture has gotten in and a flush is warranted. When black or burnt smelling brake fluid is present, the Brake System is experiencing a problem that requires more than just a simple flush, possibly a leak. Many manufacturers recommend a brake flush every 30,000 miles or with regular tuneup: check your vehicle owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendation on when you may need a scheduled Brake Fluid Flush & Exchange.
Truthfully, because everyone has different driving habits, everyone wears their brakes differently. Your manner of driving, the commute you take to work, and even weather conditions have an effect on the wear and tear on your brakes. For example, brakes tend to last longer on vehicles that do a lot of highway/freeway driving, and brakes need replacement more often on vehicles that spend a lot of time in stop-and-go city traffic - such as surface streets in Downtown PDX.
- HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF BRAKES MY CAR HAS?
It's entirely possible for your vehicle to be equipped with Disc or Drum Brakes - your car could even have a combination of both types of brakes. The type of brakes on your vehicle depends on the vehicle manufacturer. Most car manufacturers use disc brakes on the front end. The rear end could be either disc or drum brakes, depending on the preference of the manufacturer.
Your brake system consists of so much more than just brake discs and brake drums. There are the brake pads and rotors - which most people know. The Brake System also includes the Master Cylinder, the Parking Brake, and the Power Brake Booster. On newer models, the Brake System even controls the anti-lock system and valves.
When the brake pedal is pressed in an attempt to slow the vehicle, you're actually pushing against a plunger inside of the Master Cylinder - which is located under the hood. When the plunger is pressed, Brake Fluid - also known as hydraulic oil - is forced through the brake lines and into the brake cylinder that is attached to each wheel. Each piece of this system is important and one flaw or failure can affect the entire system.
- HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO "BLEED" MY BRAKE LINE?
The Brake Fluid gets directed through many twists and turns in the Brake Line because it consists of a series of tubes and hoses. Still, the Brake Fluid never loses pressure. If you do lose pressure in your brakes - it's a sign that your Brake Fluid is contaminated or there may be air in the brake line.
It is very important that your Brake Fluid is pure liquid and that there is absolutely no air bubbles in the brake line. Air in the Brake Fluid is extremely dangerous - it affects your vehicle's ability to stop in a timely manner. Air can compress - and when it's present in the hydraulic oil, it causes sponginess in the pedal. This effect severely reduces braking efficiency. If you experience this symptom or you suspect that there may be air in your brake line, the system must be bled to remove the air from the sytem.
Luckily, "bleeding the brake line" is what we call a Same-Day Service. There are "bleeder screws" at each wheel cylinder and caliper that allows for us to easily release the oxygen from the brake line.
- WHICH DO I NEED? BRAKE FLUSH OR BRAKE BLEED?
Brake flushing means removing all of the brake fluid from the system and getting all-new, clean fluid inside. This is necessary when a leak and or moisture is discovered in the system and the brake fluid has been dirtied. Most manufacturers and Certified Technicians recommend Brake Flushes every 30,000 or two years unless the brake fluid shows no signs of debris or discoloration.
Have your Brake System and Brake Fluid inspected right away if your Brake Warning Light turns on the dashboard and stays on, if you notice decreased stopping power or that your vehicle takes longer to come to a full and complete stop, or if the brake petal feels either spongy or requires excessive pressure to engage. All of these are symptoms of dimished brake condition and require attention immediately.
Brake bleeding is when enough brake fluid is removed, or bled, from the brake system to get air bubbles out of the brake line.
- WHY DO I HEAR A SCRAPING/GRINDING NOISE COMING FROM MY BRAKES?
Hearing a scraping noise, or grinding sound, coming from your brakes may be a sign of something more troublesome. You should pay close attention for some of the other signs of wear and tear to your brakes. You may need your brakes serviced if your brake pedal feesl soft when you press it, if your car pulls to one side when the brakes are applied, or if your Brake System Warning Lamp stays illuminated all the time.
You could be experiencing contaminated brake fluid, carrying too high of a copper content and need a Brake Fluid Flush. It's also possible that the Brake Fluid level in the master cylinder is low. Your rotors would be worn unevenly, pulling the vehicle to one side, or the brake pads could even be glossed over, causing noise and slipping.