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Understanding Your Vehicle’s Braking System

Understanding Your Vehicle’s Braking SystemYour car’s brake system is one of its most critical safety systems and as such, it is imperative to keep it maintained and functioning properly. Doing so helps ensure safe vehicle control and operation under a wide variety of conditions. If you suspect any problems or have any concerns, you should have it inspected as soon as possible.

The average car owner may not be familiar with how the vehicle’s braking system works. You may have heard terms thrown around, “caliper”, “drum brakes”, “hydraulic system”, but not understood how they work together from pushing the brake pedal to stopping the car. It all starts when you push the brake pedal. That force generates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder. The master cylinder uses brake fluid to transfer pressure through the hydraulic lines and hoses to the calipers and/or wheel cylinders (one at each wheel). The calipers and wheel cylinders use that pressure to squeeze the brake pads and/or shoes against rotors and/or drums to stop your car.

Discs Or Brake Drum Replacement

Disc brakes are made up of rotors, pads, and calipers, among other, smaller parts. The rotor is a metal disc that rotates with the wheels. The stationary mounted caliper holds a pad on each side of the rotor and slides to force the pads against the rotor when pressure is applied. Drum brakes, conversely, are made up of shoes (which function as the pads in a disc brake system) and are enclosed in a drum (which functions as the rotor in a disc brake system). The shoes push against the drum when pressure is applied. The resulting friction, from the pads against the rotor or the shoes against the drum, slows the vehicle.

Brakes are eventually going to need replacement. Some vehicles have indicators to help alert you when new pads are needed, however, it is recommended that as a car owner you are proactive about knowing the condition of your brakes. Avoid letting the brakes get too worn (i.e., metal to metal), as that can mean a more expensive rotor or drum replacement and a potential safety issue.

Symptoms Of Needed Brake Repair

If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms or have any other concerns in regard to your brakes, please contact Clark Automotive:

● Car pulls to one side during braking
● Brake pedal pulsates when you apply the brakes
● Brake pedal feels “mushy”
● Noise when you step on the brake pedal
● Repeatedly need to add brake fluid to the master cylinder
● Brake and/or ABS warning light

If your vehicle is having brake problems, give Clark Automotive a call and schedule your Blaine brake repair appointment today. We will get you in the shop promptly; we know brakes are one of the most crucial parts of your vehicle. At Clark Automotive, we service vehicles from all around the Blaine area.

Brake Assessment And Repair Services

Brake Assessment And Repair ServicesIf you have ever been driving in the rain or, even worse, in the snow or on ice and needed to stop but found that pressing the brake did not stop your vehicle as quickly as you needed it to, you immediately understood the importance of your vehicle’s braking system. Most people tend to take their brakes for granted, and for good reason. Most brakes are very well constructed and built to last. But your vehicle’s brakes also experience great friction and are under constant pressure, and all mechanical parts eventually wear down. Your vehicle’s brakes are no different. If you have concerns about your brakes’ ability to stop your vehicle when you need it to stop, pay a visit to Clark Automotive.

Brake Assessment, Repair, Resurfacing And Replacement

Our technicians are experts in brake assessment, repair, resurfacing, and replacement. Even though the braking system is relatively simple in that pressing the brake pedal initiates the process of slowing and stopping your vehicle, the system is still made of moving parts, which experience the forces of friction over time. When one or more components in the braking system wear down, your ability to slow and stop your vehicle can become compromised. The wearing down of the various parts of your brakes does not always mean that failure is imminent or even that replacement is necessary. A frequent repair that we offer is the resurfacing of brake rotors, which can restore the integrity of your brakes and return them to almost new condition.

The fundamental importance of your vehicle’s brakes means that they should be checked periodically, according to your manufacturer’s recommendations. Clark Automotive is ideally suited for this type of essential maintenance. To help you maximize the life of your vehicle’s brakes, we can make some recommendations based on what you share with us about your driving habits. For instance, if you inform us that you spend a lot of time on your commute in stop and go traffic, your brakes are likely being stressed more than they need to be. This problem is made worse by aggressive driving, which occurs when accelerating quickly and stopping quickly. All brakes will eventually experience some degree of wear, but that process is hastened by frequent acceleration and hard stopping.

Auto Shop Specializing In Brake Repair

Attention to how you drive will not make your brakes last forever, but it can extend their life. Clark Automotive can accurately assess the state of your brakes, and repair or replace when necessary. Call us at (763) 784-7944 and we will schedule a time to look at your brakes.

Brake Replacement or Repair Blaine, MN

Brake Replacement or Repair Blaine, MNIf you are having difficulty with your car because of bad brakes, we can help you regain the sense of safety and security you deserve when driving your car. When your brakes are in need of repair or replacement, you have little or no choice but to solve the problem. Brakes that are in good operating condition are essential to basic safety. If your brakes cannot stop your car when you need them to, your car is no longer a mode of transportation, but a danger to you and others. Clark Automotive in Blaine, MN can help you get your car back to being safe by repairing your brakes, which can involve resurfacing rotors, or by replacing them if the damage is too great for repair. Our certified mechanics only recommend the work that is necessary to restore safety.

Brake Repair or Replacement Services

Clark Automotive believes that honest communication with our customers is critical to our business. We have worked hard to establish a strong reputation by applying our automotive expertise to the cars our customers entrust to us. There is no better way to demonstrate our philosophy of fairness than with the extremely important work we do on brakes. When you trust your car to a mechanic for anything related to brakes, you have to be confident that your mechanic can be trusted. We have earned a positive reputation by valuing your trust in us as much as we value automotive expertise.

If your brakes need rotor resurfacing, new brake pads, or other repairs, we have the staff to do the job right the first time. We are not interested in causing you to make appointment after appointment because we have not fixed the problem correctly. We know that your time is valuable and no one has enough money to be throwing it away on bad repairs. So we work hard to distinguish ourselves from other area auto shops. We want you to feel good about choosing Clark Automotive, which is why we place such importance on excellent customer service and excellent automotive service. When it comes to brake repair, there should be no compromise on the quality of the parts used or the work that is done. Brakes are too important to your safety and the safety of others who share the road with you.

Auto Shop Specializing In Brake Work

When you work with our team, we want you to understand that we value your business, but we value your safety more, and no automotive issue is more important than your brakes. We certainly want our business to thrive, but not at the expense of causing you to feel like you have been treated unfairly or dishonestly. Brakes are directly related to the life-and-death aspects of driving and we take those matters very seriously. If you need to have your brakes repaired or replaced, give Clark Automotive a call at 763-784-7944 or email us at info@clarkautomotiveblaine.com.

Brake Repair Circle Pines, MN

Circle Pines Break Repair ShopIt is rightfully argued that if you don’t have brakes on a car, you don’t have a car. At Clark Automotive, we want to make sure that your car is something you feel safe and comfortable driving. Whether your brakes need an assessment, a repair, or a replacement, Clark Automotive will provide you with outstanding service at an affordable price. Located just a few minutes for Circle Pines.

The Braking System

When you feel like something is wrong with your brakes it can still mean a variety of different things. The brake system is made up of a combination of different items. We will take a look at the actual brakes and ensure that they are in working order, but it could also just be another part of the brake system that needs replacement. Brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums and calipers are all part of the brake system.

Brake System Warning Signs

As you are driving your car, it’s important to keep an eye out for warning signs that your brakes need to be serviced. In most vehicles, there is a brake light that will appear on your dashboard. When this happens, it’s important to get checked right away. Other signs include feeling a grinding sensation as you are making a stop, hearing a squealing sound when you are driving or stopping, feeling like the brake pedal is further down towards the floor, or perhaps even feeling the vehicle pull to one side when you apply the brakes. All of these signs indicate that it’s time to let the professionals look at your vehicle.

Our Brake Repair Process

When you take your vehicle to us, you are taking it to highly trained and certified technicians that perform quality work every single time. We begin by doing a complete and thorough inspection of your car and its braking system. We look at the pads, shoes, wheel bearings, backing plate, and caliper anchor. We replace and lubricate these parts as needed. We will also add brake fluid and flush as needed (recommended every 30,000 miles). We inspect the hydraulic system, adjusting and evacuating air as needed and lastly, we check the drums and rotors and replace them as needed.

So, if you are having brake issues with your vehicle, and need a certified mechanic at an affordable price, contact Clark Automotive today at (763) 784-7944.

THE ART OF MAINTAINING YOUR AUTOMOBILE

Father and Son Under Hood of a Truck Giving Automotive Advice

Clark Automotive Blaine Car and Truck Repairs

 

Today’s vehicles are light-years better than the cars of old. There is much less maintenance needed now to drive our cars than before, and they almost seem maintenance free. But therein lies the problem. No matter how well made our cars are now compared to even just 20 years ago, the fact remains that cars require regular maintenance to avert expensive repairs down the road.

Today we will explore the concept of automobile maintenance. We will present some facts versus the fables that impact on the costs of operating a vehicle.  The goal of this presentation is to generate some thoughts about what has worked well and not so well regarding your experiences with car ownership.

 

Let’s relive a little of the “good ol’ days” shall we? Remember the nostalgia of automobile guidance handed down by your grandfather to your dad!

“Son, here is how to check the oil and coolant, I will check your sister’s”.

“When you stop down at the gas station for gas, ask them to check your battery electrolyte, freeze protection and brake fluid. Also, have them check the tire air pressure.”  Where did these full service gas station go anyway?

 

Back in the “good ol’ days”:

Tires lasted 20,000 miles maybe

Gas was .29 cents a gallon

Batteries lasted a couple years at most  

A tune-up was due every 10,000 miles and was prone to frequent failure

Brakes didn’t last 25,000 miles

Oil changes were due every 2,500 miles

What is a grease job?

Where did the transmission dipstick go?

 

Are we left with the impression that our cars are truly maintenance free?

Then what the heck are the warning lights on my dash?

  • CHECK ENGINE SOON LIGHT
  • SERVICE VEHICLE SOON LIGHT
  • TIRE PRESSURE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM LIGHT
  • ABS LIGHT
  • TRACTION CONTROL LIGHT
  • HIGH TEMPERATURE LIGHT AND OR GAUGE
  • LOW OIL PRESSURE LIGHT AND OR GAUGE
  • LOW OIL LEVEL LIGHT
  • WHAT THE MESSAGES OUT OF THE MESSAGE CENTER?

 

Responding to The Check Engine Light coming on:

DON’T:

# Purchase parts predicated solely on a scan of the codes.  This is very common with free scanning at the local parts store, as they are in the business of selling parts!

# Clear the codes because some causation data will be lost.  A technician may need the data to properly troubleshoot your car.

# Drive your car far until you fully understand why the light is on.  You, then may elect to defer the repair to a future date.

 

DO:

# Have the check engine light diagnosed ASAP if the car now runs poorly, differently, misfiring, or no power Pull.     

# Get a firm price for diagnostic charges.  Also get a written estimate for the proposed repairs.

# Look on the internet for cars similar to yours and see if they are having the same problem and what may have caused it.  

# If you’re not comfortable with the estimate, get a second opinion.    

# Ask to see the old defective parts.  

# Pay by credit card, if this a new shop to you.

 

What are today’s RECOMMENDATIONS for an operator’s checklist?

  • Check the oil level weekly or with gas fill up.  
  • Glance at the brake, coolant, and power steering fluid levels.
  • Know what each warning light on the dash means.  Information is in the owner’s manual, or ask your mechanic.

 

Here’s our version of what “Grandpa Chuck” would tell your grand-kid getting his first car.

Establish your monthly under the hood and walk around the car checklist:

  • Check Headlights
  • Check Brake Lights
  • Check Turn Signals and Side Lights
  • Check Tire Air Pressure
  • Check Tire Condition
  • Listen for Exhaust Leaks  
  • Look at Accessory Belts
  • Look for Coolant Leaks
  • Look for Oil Leaks
  • Listen for Strange Noises
  • Check Air Filter
  • Check Battery Cables and Battery
  • Check Coolant  (Cold)
  • Look at Hoses
  • Check Brake Fluid Level
  • Check Oil Level
  • Fill Washer Fluid
  • Check Wiper Blades    

 

CLARK AUTOMOTIVE CLINIC – Is a full service automotive maintenance and service provider located in Blaine, MN.  We specialize in diagnostics, vehicle performance, brake repair, general suspension, and electrical repairs.

 

What can Clark Automotive Provide to you, which you may not currently have?

“We keep your work car working!” We are a one stop shop for your reasonably priced automotive maintenance needs, auto repairs, with car talk and advice.  If you’re like most people, you probably tend to drive around until something goes wrong and then incur the expense of replacing worn-out parts or replace the whole vehicle.  Our goal is to offer a more balanced approach to keeping your work and family cars running properly at a lower expenditure of funds.  

 

What value added can Clark Automotive provide for your automotive ownership expenditures?

With Clark taking care of your car, you get a peace of mind that your car has been repaired in a prudent and fiscally responsible manner, using high quality original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts where required.

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