Auto Repair Service for Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Chaska MN

& surrounding communities

 

Automotive Unlimited 1310 Park Rd. Chanhassen, MN.

PH: (952) 474-9611

 

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Car & Truck Brake Service & Repair

 

Our Chanhassen | Eden Prairie Minnesota area ASE certified technicians can properly inspect the following brake components:

 

Disc Brakes:

Disc brakes consist of a Disc Brake Rotor, which is attached to the wheel, and a Caliper, which holds the Disc Brake Pads. Hydraulic pressure from the Master Cylinder causes the Caliper Piston to clamp the Disc Brake Rotor between the Disc Brake Pads. This creates friction between the pads and rotor, causing your car to slow down or stop.

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Drum Brakes:

Drum brakes consist of a Brake Drum attached to the wheel, a Wheel Cylinder, Brake Shoes and Brake Return Springs. Hydraulic pressure from the Master Cylinder causes the Wheel Cylinder to press the Brake Shoes against the Brake Drum. This creates friction between the shoes and drum to slow or stop your car.

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Anti-Lock Brakes: A System Built For Safety

Computer-controlled anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are a recently developed safety feature. When sudden stops are made, the ABS prevents wheel lock-up. The system is comprised of wheel-speed sensors that monitor wheel rotation, computer-controlled hydraulics that pulse the brakes on and off rapidly, and the on-board computer.

 

BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR
We want our customers to have the opportunity to feel comfortable in their vehicle. You can leave the repairs and services to our professionals, but please don't hesitate to ask us questions about why a service is needed or how it occurred. We will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services:

 

Brake Fluid Flush
It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to our technicians about when it's time for a brake fluid flush. Clean brake fluid plays a vital role in internally lubricating brake components and allowing your vehicle to stop efficiently, especially under heavy loads or high temperatures. The average motorist drives 10-15,000 miles a year and uses their brakes about 75 thousand times. We recommend changing the brake fluid every two years or 30,000 miles. Over time, brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system or rendering your brakes ineffective. This could cause an accident. Left untreated this moisture could corrode many internal parts, leading to costly repairs and replacement. At high temperatures, water vaporizes, turning to air in the brake lines. From a safety standpoint, air in the braking system will dramatically increase the distance required for you to stop, possibly causing an accident endangering your life and those of others.

 

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Unlimited

1310 Park Road

Chanhassen MN 55317
Ph. 952-474-9611

 

 

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Don't wait until your brakes make funny noises, start grinding or pedal starts pulsating to have them inspected.

Periodic checks of your brakes and brake components may save you money on your next brake service.

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If you’re hearing unusual sounds when you brake or if your brake pedal is feeling squishy or too hard, have us do a disc brake inspection for you. We’ll tell you if there’s something wrong and what it’ll take to get your brakes all fixed up.

 

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Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you'll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it's too late and you're ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.

 

Resurface Rotors
Brake rotors are another critical component of the braking system, responsible for bringing your vehicle to a safe and complete stop. In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. Brake Service Repair Chanhassen MNHowever, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. You might be surprised to learn that the brake rotors are just as important as the brake pads when it comes to effectively stopping the vehicle. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a "like-new" condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. We will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.

Like brake pads, brake rotors don't last forever. Because the rotors also wear every time the brakes are applied, brake rotors should be replaced or resurfaced when they are warped or worn out. Ask your Chanhassen service advisor to measure the thickness of the rotors every time your brakes are serviced as worn out rotors might not have enough metal left for safe braking. Worn rotors lose the ability to absorb and dissipate heat which can compromise their overall strength, increasing the risk of cracking and/or failure.

A warped or damaged brake rotor may contribute to premature brake pad wear and lead to more frequent brake pad replacement and an increased cost of repair. From a safety standpoint, worn brake rotors may dramatically increase the distance required for you to stop, cause the vehicle to pull to one side, or result in loss of control which could result in injury to you and possibly others who share the road.


Caliper Replacement
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliber problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact us as soon as possible.


Brake Hoses
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don't need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.


Wheel Bearings
Wheel bearings are found inside of wheels, allowing the wheels to spin freely, and are connected to the brake system. They can become worn over time, causing a vibrating suspension and noisy rubbing as the car is driven. If they break completely, the vehicle will become very difficult to control and unsafe to drive. Replacement interval for wheel bearings varies greatly, but they should be checked for leaks and wear periodically. Ai Automotive Unlimited of Chanhassen MN can make sure that your bearings are in good shape and let you know if they need replacement.


Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don't stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit us and we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.

 

Parking Brake:

The Parking Brake uses Cables to mechanically apply the brakes (usually the rear brake.) This is used to prevent the car from rolling when not being driven.

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Your vehicle's brake system is a culmination of over 100 years of technological innovation, transforming crude stopping mechanisms into dependable and efficient equipment. While brake systems vary by make and model, the basic system consists of disc brakes in front and either disk or drum brakes in back. Connected by a series of tubes and hoses, your brakes link to each wheel and to the master cylinder, which supply them with vital brake fluid (hydraulic fluid).

 

We can summarize all of your braking equipment into two categories, Hydraulics and Friction Material:

 

Hydraulics

 

Master Cylinder:

The master cylinder is like a pressure converter. When you press down on the brake pedal (physical pressure), the master cylinder converts this to hydraulic pressure, and brake fluid moves into the wheel brakes.

 

Brake Lines and Hoses:

Brake lines hoses deliver pressurized brake fluid to the braking unit(s) at each wheel.

 

Wheel Cylinders and Calipers:

Wheel Cylinders surrounded by two rubber-sealed pistons connect the piston with the brake shoe. Push the brakes and the pistons stop and the shoes pushes into the drum. Calipers squeeze brake pads onto the rotor to stop your car. Both components apply pressure to friction materials.

 

Friction Materials

 

Disc Brake Pads and Drum Brake Shoes:

A disc brake uses fluid (released by the master cylinder) to force pressure into a caliper, where it presses against a piston. The piston then squeezes two brake pads against the rotor, forcing it to stop. Brake shoes consist of a steel shoe with friction material bonded to it.


Brake pads are a key component in your vehicle's braking system. As the brakes are applied their contact with the brake rotors are what allow you to stop. Over time, this interaction causes the brake pads to gradually wear down, reducing your braking ability. We recommend replacing your brake pads after they have worn less than 1/8th of an inch, often signaled by a squealing wear indicator embedded in the brake pad. Brake pad wear beyond this point will dramatically increase stopping distance.

Further neglect will lead to severe damage and replacement of the brake rotors as metal components of the brake come in contact. Having your brake pads serviced as soon as they reach minimal thickness will extend the life of your braking system, and prevent the need for costly rotor replacement. From a safety standpoint, deteriorated brake pads will dramatically increase the distance required for you to stop, possibly causing an accident, endangering your life and others who share the road.

 

How It Comes Together:

When you first step on the brake pedal, you are triggering the release of brake fluid into the system of tubes and hoses, which travel to the braking unit at each wheel. You actually push against a plunger in the master cylinder, releasing fluid. Brake fluid can't be compressed. It moves through the network of tubes and hoses in the exact same motion and pressure that initiated it. When it comes to stopping a heavy steel machine at high speed, this consistency is a good thing. The performance of your brakes can be affected when air gets into the fluid; since air can compress, it creates sponginess in the pedal, which disrupts consistency, and results in bad braking efficiency. "Bleeder screws" (located at each wheel cylinder) remove unwanted air in your system.

 

A car without functioning brakes is dangerous. In many cases, warning signs will tell you if your car's brakes may need service.

 

Warning signs include:

brake squealing Squealing or grinding noises when using brakes. This could mean your brakes need to be adjusted or that your brake pads are worn and need replacement.

anti-lock braking system Your dashboard's Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) light turns on. This indicates that your brake fluid is low. You may have a leak in your brake line. Get it inspected.

braking pulls to one side While braking, your car pulls to one side. This means that your brakes need adjustment, there is brake fluid leakage, or your brakes are worn out and need replacement.

spongy brakes Your brakes are hard to press down or feel "spongy." Usually this means air has gotten into your brake lines or you may have low brake fluid.

brake pedal When applying your brakes, your steering wheel, brake pedal, or entire vehicle begins to shake. If this happens, your brake rotors could be warped and need replacement.

brake warning light When you notice any brake warning signs, contact our professional staff by phone, or email, immediately and we'll take care of it.

 

BENEFITS OF BRAKE REPAIR
Bad brakes display warning signs for impending brake maintenance. For example, if your brakes squeal or grind when in use, then your brake pads may be worn and require replacements. If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, then this may point to worn brakes, a malfunctioning caliper, or low brake fluid in the brake lines. If your brake pedal presses down too easily—also known as “spongy” brakes—then this may be an indication of too much air in the hydraulic brake lines. Sometimes, your vehicle’s electronic diagnostic system will alert you to a potential brake issue by a service indicator light (see below) on the dashboard. While these are only some of the most common signs of potential problems with your vehicle’s brake system, noticing these signs of faulty brakes and seeking out a brake service can save you money down the line. Our staff in Chanhassen Minnesota is trained in maintaining and servicing front and rear brake systems and all accompanying brake system components like brake pads, brake shoes, parking brakes, rotors, drums, and hydraulic systems. If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms of bad brakes, like unusual squealing or grinding noises, then contact us online or call us today to have your brakes inspected immediately.
 

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The Brake Light can be activated for a number of reasons. The simplest cause is that the parking brake is engaged. If the brake light is still illuminated after the parking brake has been fully disengaged, there could be a more serious issue. Lack of hydraulic pressure or a low fluid level due to leaking will both generate your Brake Light – and both issues indicate an immediate need for service. Brake fluid leaks are particularly dangerous as they can cause your brakes to fail and contaminate different components of your brake system. Make sure your brakes are still stopping your vehicle if you are attempting to drive. If there is no brake pressure at all, it is safest to stop driving and call for a tow.

 

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