Brake Services at TMT Automotive
Service Area: South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Bremen, Bourbon, Nappanee Etc.
There are few systems in your vehicle that are as important as the brakes on any modern-day vehicle. Brakes are a critical part of preventing accidents by being able to bring you to a quick safe stop. Still, many of us don’t think to check on our braking systems. We trust that they’ll work when we need them to—until they don’t.
At TMT we perform critical vehicle inspections that can alert you to brake care needs like brake pad replacement, a brake fluid flush, brake light replacement, and more.
Brake Pad Replacement
When you hit the brakes, you trust your vehicle to slow down and stop. Your brake pads are rub against your vehicle’s rotors or disc to slow it down or bring it to a complete stop.
Signs of Bad Brake Pads
When your brake pads are worn, they don't perform as well. This makes driving in any condition hazardous, and wet or icy roads become an extreme hazard. Replacing your brake pads restores your stopping power and prevents rotor damage. There are two clear signs that it’s time to replace your brake pads: high mileage and noisy brakes.
Most of us use our vehicles daily to run minor errands, commute to work, or take trips. Each time we drive, we add wear to our brake pads. That’s normal, but it means we should be inspecting our brake pads every oil change service or 6 months.
If you hear a squealing or grinding sound when you brake, odds are you have severely worn brake pads. That’s because as the brake pads wear down over time, exposed metal gets close enough to the rotors to rub against them and cause the noise.
Antilock Brake Service
The antilock brake system is always a point of confusion. Although it operates with your brake pads, rotors and calipers, it operates electronically vs. hydraulically with fluid like the typical brake system. If it senses a wheel not spinning or spinning too much, such as on ice, it will send a signal to the brake caliper to fully or partially apply the brake caliper.
Brake Caliper Service or Replacement
The brake calipers on your vehicle are what make it all work. When you press the brake pedal, the caliper squeezes together to apply the brake pads to the brake rotor to slow & stop your car. Let off of the brake pedal and your caliper will release the squeeze of the pads against the rotor.
When brakes get some age and time on them calipers become slow to react. It may be only a split second, but when applying or releasing the brake pedal it does not react as quickly as it should.
When TMT performs a brake service these calipers are inspected, serviced or recommended to be replaced based on a certified technician’s training & inspection. That way when you get new brake pads & rotors everything functions well together.
Brake Fluid Flush
Brake fluid adds more pressure to your brakes, adding to your braking power. The amount and quality of your brake fluid can impact your braking performance. Having a brake fluid flush performed every 2 years or 24,000 miles helps you take the pulse of your braking system so you can be confident it will work for you when you need it to.
They may not help your vehicle stop, but brake lights still prevent accidents. They signal to other drivers that you’re stopping, allowing them to hit their own brakes instead of getting into a rear-end collision. We inspect the brake lights as part of our 61 point inspection during any automotive service.