Brake/Anti-Lock Brake System
Brakes/Anti-Lock Brake System Services:
When it comes to your car’s safety, brakes top the list of systems that need monitoring. A typical brake job includes replacing the brake linings (new disc brake pads or shoes), resurfacing the rotors and drums, and inspecting/replacing any other worn components (usually at extra cost). If rotors or drums are worn beyond safe limits, they can’t be resurfaced and must be replaced. Leaky disc brake calipers, drum brake wheel cylinders or the master cylinder should be replaced.
- Master Cylinder
- Power Booster
- Wheel Cylinders
- Brake Fluid Flush
- Parking Brake Handle
- Parking Brake Cables
- Anti-lock Brake Module
- Anti-lock Brake Pump
- Proportioning Valves
- Resurface Drums/Rotors
- Clean & Adjust Brakes
- Abs Light Diagnostics
- Traction Control System Diagnostics
Did you know that you should regularly flush your brake fluid? Most people don’t and here is why you should do it, regularly.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic. That means it loves to absorb water like a sponge and likes it so much it will suck water right out of the air. As it absorbs water two bad things happen. First is that it causes the boiling point of the fluid to go down reducing braking performance, and second, the moister causes the brake fluid to become corrosive and can damage brake system parts, very expensive brake system parts.
The brakes generate lots of heat and the fluid in the brakes can get very hot. If it gets hot enough it can boil, and when it does it goes from a liquid to a gas. Remember back in school you leaned that fluids don’t compress well? That is the whole concept behind hydraulic brake systems. The brake fluid does not compress so it passes energy from the master cylinder that is connected to the brake pedal to the wheel cylinders, or calipers where the pads press against the rotors or drums to stop your car.
This all works well as long as the brake fluid remains a liquid. If it gets to hot it will boil and transform its self from a liquid to a gas. Remember air is a gas and you can really compress it, a lot. You can take a lot of gas and compress it and put it in to a small place like a scuba tank. The bad thing is that it will not transfer energy to the brake pads like liquid brake fluid can.
Once your brake fluid boils, your brake pedal can go right to the floor and have little to NO affect on getting the brakes to stop the car.
As brake fluid absorbs moisture it can become corrosive and damage very expensive brake system parts like a $1400 ABS modulator pump.
A few dollars spent regularly flushing you brake system can save you thousands down the road especially in modern brake systems with all kinds of fancy stuff like ABS, Traction Control, Vehicle Skid Control, and so on. Your brake system should be flushed yearly, but never longer then every two years.
Brake fluid absorbs water from the atmosphere, lowering its boiling point and causing corrosion, particulate contamination, microscopic particles of rust and rubber accelerating the wear of very expensive brake components.
This is why you should fully flush your brake system every year, but never more then every two years. In addition, whenever the hydraulic system has been opened like when a component is replaced, the system must be bled of air.
At Bayville Auto, we offer convenient brake flushing services to keep your vehicle safe, reliable and performing like it should.