Reliable Brake Repair &
Service in Jacksonville, FL
Your brakes are one of your vehicle’s most critical safety features.
The brake system has several parts that work in conjunction to stop the vehicle. If just one of these parts malfunctions or wears out, you lose all or a portion of your braking power.
Your car may not stop in time or at all, and this is a scary situation!
For your safety and that of your passengers, it’s imperative to check your brakes and keep them always in good condition. At Maxi Auto Repair and Service, we help you achieve that.
At Maxi Auto Repair and Service, we offer comprehensive brake repair and service to ensure your brakes function properly and keep you safe on the road.
Parts & Types of Braking System
The braking system of a vehicle has several parts.
The brake pedal is located in the cabin of the vehicle. This is what the driver uses to apply the brakes.
The brake booster amplifies the force applied to the brake pedal, making it easier to stop the vehicle.
The master cylinder is filled with brake fluid. It converts the force applied to the brake pedal into hydraulic pressure, which is transmitted to the brake calipers.
Brake lines and hoses carry hydraulic fluid from the master cylinder to the brake calipers.
Brake calipers are responsible for applying pressure to the brake pads.
Brake pads press against the brake rotors to slow or stop the vehicle. They need to be periodically replaced as they wear down over time.
Brake rotors are the discs that are mounted to the wheel hubs. Like brake pads, they must be periodically replaced as they wear down or become warped.
Most vehicles have at least front ABS (anti-lock braking system); newer vehicles also have ABS in the rear. This system uses a computer to control the brakes. If you suddenly stop and cause the brakes to lock up, this computer alternately loosens and applies pressure on the pads, reducing the risk of skidding out of control.
You might have drum brakes instead of disc brakes if you have an older vehicle. This braking system uses brake shoes, drums, and wheel cylinders instead of brake pads, rotors, and calipers.
Most vehicles now have four-wheel disc brakes instead of front-wheel disc brakes. Moreover, vehicles with an automatic braking system use additional computers and cameras to control the braking system.
Our Brake Services
Here are some of the brake repairs and services we do at Maxi Auto Repair and Service to ensure your brakes are functioning 100%.
Our certified technicians will thoroughly check the condition of your brake pads, rotors, calipers, and other brake components.
Brake Pad Replacement
Brake pads wear down and must be replaced over time. Our technicians will recommend the best type of brake pads for your vehicle and install them quickly and efficiently.
Brake Rotor Replacement
Worn or warped brake rotors can cause vibrations, noise, and decreased braking performance. Our certified technicians can replace your rotors and ensure your brakes function at their best.
Brake Fluid Flush
Brake fluid can become contaminated over time, decreasing braking performance. This service removes any contaminants and ensures that your brake fluid is at the proper level.
Brake System Repair
If your brake system has any leaks, damaged components, or other issues, we can repair or replace those components to ensure your brakes are functioning properly.
What are the Signs You Need a Brake Replacement?
Ignoring the signs and neglecting to replace worn or damaged brakes can decrease stopping power and increase the risk of road accidents.
Brake pads have a metal tab on the edge of the pad. When the pad gets low enough that the metal tab sticks out over the top of the pad, it rubs on the rotor and makes a squeaking or grinding sound.
If you hear that, it’s time to take your vehicle to a reliable brake repair shop as soon as possible. Do so before the tab scores the rotor so much that the technician can still replace it instead of turning it.
Other signs you need to replace your brakes include a mushy brake pedal, vibration or pulsation when braking, a longer stopping distance, an illuminated brake warning light, and a burning smell or smoke coming off your tire.
Can Brake Rotors Be Resurfaced All The Time?
If the rotors have enough metal on them, we can “turn” or resurface them. We put the rotors on a machine that smoothens the grooves in the metal.
However, you can usually turn the rotors only once before you have to replace them. If the grooves are too deep, the only option is to replace the rotors, even if you’ve never had them turned before.
Don't Neglect Your Brakes—Get the Best Brake Services in Jacksonville, FL
A braking system requires an experienced auto technician to diagnose and repair. If you don’t put the brakes on correctly, the vehicle may not stop, putting you and your passenger in a precarious position.
Don’t fret—Maxi Auto Repair and Service is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, and we’ll help you ensure your brakes are working as expected.