Brake Repair & Service Englewood, CO

Bringing your vehicle to a full stop requires the coordination of a complex network of components. From the master cylinder to the hydraulic tubes that terminate at the calipers fitted for each wheel, there’s a lot to maintain within a typical brake system. Because some brake system equipment is designed to wear down over time, routine brake inspection and service is a necessity for any driver. Here at Thompson Automotive, we provide brake maintenance and brake repair in Englewood to our neighbors throughout the Denver Metro area. We offer brake services for a variety of makes and models, domestic, Asian, and European vehicles. Get in touch with us to schedule your upcoming service. You can also continue reading to learn about signs that your brakes are failing, common brake problems, and why our clients trust us for superior service and parts — all of which is listed below.

Stop in for Squealing, Grinding, or Poor Brake Performance

Thompson Automotive conducts safety inspections that include a thorough evaluation of the entire braking system. A quick check of your rotors, pads, calipers and related components will reveal if you need a simple pad change, rotor machining, or more. If you notice any signs that your brakes are failing, bring your vehicle in for an assessment. Keep an eye (and ear) out for any of the following signs of brake issues (you can read more about the source of these issues below):

Brake light warning | Burning smells | Squealing, screeching, and other noises | Poor pedal response | Poor steering while braking | Vibration during braking | Complete loss of braking power

Common Brake Problems

Brake light warning: If your brake light comes on, you’d better stop while you still can. Your brake light will likely indicate that your master cylinder and brake lines are losing their hydraulic pressure. Your brake system relies on hydraulic fluid to create adequate pressure to apply to the brakes as you press down on the pedal. Your brake light may also come on if you’re experiencing an issue with the parking brake, or you may have two seperate lights to distinguish between the two braking systems and their individual issues.

A burning smell: Your brakes and clutch are liable to burn up while you’re on the road. If you notice a burning smell, and you’ve been shifting gears or laying on the brakes on a downslope or a windy road, then you may be damaging your vehicle. Be mindful of mountain roads that could quickly destroy your brakes, and pull over for ten minutes or so to give your brakes a cool-down if you suspect that you are burning them up. If you continue to run your brakes hot, you’ll warp the rotors and you may have to replace them — which will be costlier than new brake pads.

Squealing and other noises: One of the telltale signs of a brake problem is a squealing sound coming from the brakes when the brake pedal is applied. The vehicle may stop well enough, but the squealing could be a symptom of worn pads. If this problem goes unchecked, the rotors can become scarred or warped due to excessive friction and heat, so it’s best to address a screech or squeal before you cause more expensive damage to the rotors. You may be able to tell how much life is left in your brakes by inspecting the pads and shoes to see if they have a thick braking surface.

Poor brake pedal response: You may also notice your vehicle not stopping as quickly as it should, or you may not get the brake performance you used to upon pressing the brake pedal. If you’re experiencing squealing, grinding, or improper brake performance, it’s time to make an appointment at Thompson Automotive.

Poor steering while braking: If your car is pulling to the side as you brake, then you might have a faulty master cylinder or proportioning valve, which will mean that your brakes won’t work in sync. You may also have poor tires, or an obstruction or warping in one of the rotors.

Car vibrating during braking: It’s disconcerting when your car begins to vibrate as you brake, and it can damage your vehicle further, or prove dangerous, if you don’t fix your brakes right away. Vibration can be caused by a variety of issues, including warped rotors (which are common if your brakes have overheated), rusted rotors (which can be caused by humidity), or an uneven rotor surface. It’s likely that your rotors will require replacing or a resurfacing to fix the vibration. In addition, you may experience your brake pedal pulsing due to an imperfect rotor or two.

Complete failure: Total brake failure can occur when your brake fluid line loses pressure. Your brake line is responsible for maintaining hydraulic pressure which applies pressure to your breaks. If your brake line loses pressure and fluid, then your brakes simply won’t work. Oftentimes, brake lines encounter small holes due to erosion, wear, and tear. You’ll have to have these holes fixed, and you’ll need your brake line topped off with fluid. Hopefully your brake warning light will appear on your dash before your vehicle becomes dangerous — don’t drive with a brake warning displaying on your dashboard!

Sometimes, driver’s may encounter a sudden loss of brake power caused by a large crack or complete break in the brake lines. You may have to have part or all of your brake line replaced with a major failure.

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High-Quality Parts, ASE-Certified Technicians

When it’s time to replace pads, rotors, calipers, hoses or other brake line equipment, it’s always best to opt for replacement equipment that meets two key criteria:

  • The selected parts are an exact fit for your make and model.
  • The selected parts last the longest.

After it’s been determined that your vehicle needs new brake equipment, the next step is to choose the parts and have them installed. High-quality, ceramic brake pads from Thompson Automotive last longer, reduce noise, and help stop dust accumulation on your rotors. The result is more time between required brake maintenance and a safer vehicle that will stop when needed, every time.

Knowing what equipment to install to correct a problematic brake system takes training and expertise. The technicians at Thompson Automotive have been specifically trained to identify faulty brake system equipment and recommend the repairs needed to keep your vehicle safe.

After discussing the current state of your brakes after our inspection, we’ll make only the repair recommendations needed to get you safely back on the road. That’s why Denver area drivers say we offer the best brake repair in Englewood, CO.

Stay Safe – Contact Thompson Automotive to Set an Appointment

Of all that can go wrong with your car, truck, van or SUV, it’s best to take brake issues very seriously, as they directly impact safe driving more than any other factor. Don’t risk damaging your vehicle or compromising your personal safety by putting off brake service.

Brake Repair Near Me

We will set an appointment time that works for your schedule, so you can get in, get the best brake repair in Englewood, and be on your way. Contact us today!

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