Brake Repair and Replacement
From the brake pedal to hydraulic brake fluid, brake master cylinder to power brake booster, drum brakes to disc brakes and electronic anti-lock brake sensors, Voigt’s Service Center ASE certified technicians know every part of your brake system inside and out!
The following represents the array of services performed at Certified Car Care
- Front and/or Rear Disc pads Machine Rotors and/or Drums
- Front and/or Rear brake shoes Pack Wheel Bearings
- Internal Inspection Install and/or Machine Rotors and Drums
- Master Cylinder replacement Bleed, Fill and Adjust Brake System
- Brake Line and Hoses Replacement Power Boosters
- Disc Brake Hardware Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Diagnostics and Service
- Drum Brake Hardware and/or Return Springs Parking Brake Service
Other related services
- Wheel Bearing Service and Replacement Bearing Service
- Hub Assemblies Hub Bearings
- Front Wheel Drive Bearings Shocks and Struts
- Coil Springs and Torsion Bars Leaf Springs
- Ball Joints Idler Arms
- Tie Rods/Steering Linkage Components Pittman Arms
- Suspension Bushings Control Arms
- Spindles / Knuckles Rack and Pinion Service (Replacement, sockets or boots)
AUTOMOTIVE HYDRAULIC BRAKE SYSTEM
Your car’s brakes use a hydraulic system, including:
- the Master Cylinder
- Disc Brake Calipers (disc brakes)
- Wheel Cylinders (drum brakes)
- Hydraulic lines and hoses
- Combination/Proportioning Valve
- Vacuum Power Booster the conventional brake system
When you push on the brake pedal, the force of your leg generates hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder, which then flows through the hydraulic lines and hoses to the wheel cylinders and calipers. The hydraulic force applies pressure through the wheel cylinders and calipers, forcing the brake shoes against the drum brakes and the pads against the rotors (disc brakes). Cars and light trucks also have a parking brake, which mechanically activates the rear brakes of the vehicle through a cable. This is also sometimes referred to as the emergency brake.brake hydraulic system
In the early 1960’s, cars began using split hydraulic systems and tandem master cylinders. Essentially, this divided the hydraulic system into two separate systems (front and back), ensuring proper hydraulic and braking on one side of the system, if a leak developed on the other side. In the 1980’s, some car makers began to use diagonally split systems, which took safety a step further. Instead of splitting the system into front and rear, the system was now hydraulically divided into left-rear/right-front and right-rear/left-front. By maintaining one front and one rear brake, the result is more balanced braking when the system develops a leak. By law, all of today’s cars are required to use some type of hydraulically split system.
Purpose: The brake system absorbs the energy of the moving car and converts it into heat. Proper brake operation is critical to the safety of your car. Brake safety has increased even further due to the widespread use of anti-lock brakes (ABS).
Maintenance Tips/Suggestions: Have your car’s brakes inspected annually to make sure everything’s OK. It’s always best to be able to plan ahead for brake work by knowing brake condition as your car ages. Brakes are a normal wear item for any car, so sooner or later they’re going to need replacement.