BRAKES IN ROCKWALL

At Horizon Auto Center we are all about Brakes

Brake Services and Repair

From disc brakes to drum brakes, rotors, calipers, pads and shoes, our trained brake service technicians at Horizon Auto Center in Rockwall, TX know your brake system and can perform brake inspections, brake pad and rotor replacements on all makes and models. This includes models equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). So you can have the confidence you need and want in your brakes. We do more brakes on European cars than anyone in the greater Rockwall / Rowlett area. We understand European brakes and the quality parts which must be used.  We install only premium original equipment or better products.  European cars use softer pads and rotors than virtually all Domestic and Asian models.  Since we have all the knowledge and equipment to work on all aspects of Mercedes’ or BMWs’, and all other European models, we are the most qualified European Repair and Service center to work on your European cars. We also do brakes on all other makes and models from the smallest Asian or Domestic models to sports cars to all trucks for passengers and box trucks.

Brake Inspection

It’s always a good idea to have your brakes inspected every 12,000 miles (once a year at least). A Horizon Auto Center technician will conduct the needed inspection of the brake system’s key components and provide you with the evaluation of the things found. Service recommendations are always based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations and of course the condition of the brake components that will impact system performance. All of our brake inspections are free.  We perform routine inspections for the convenience and safety of our customers.

Brake Fluid Change

Your Horizon Auto Technician can tell you right away if a brake fluid exchange is needed for your vehicle, based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. If it is, the technician will take the old fluid then replace it with the needed new fluid that meets your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. If it is a brake issue from squeaky brakes to warped rotors and “metal to metal” brake problems.  We are your local brake experts.  Of course our repairs are honored at nearly 14,000 NAPA shops all around the country.

Brake Terms and Illustrations

Brakes_complete_picture_The most important parts to understand are the ones which normally wear out by usage.  There are other parts such as brake lines, brake (wheel) cylinders, brake fluid reservoir and a Brake Master Cylinder, which are not show.

  • The brakemaster cylinder controls the amount of hydraulic pressures to the brake system and to the brake slave cylinders (also called wheel cylinders) .  It is normally located on the cars firewall and control the pressure of each wheel cylinder.
  • Break Wheel Cylinders control the amount of hydraulics pressure to each brake caliber. There will be one on each wheel.  They are normally located on the back side of the brake assembly and will eventually leak with usage.   They should be checked with each brake inspection.
  • A Caliper is the part of the brake which controls pressing and releasing the brake pad against the Rotor.  In Texas, calipers do go out , but not very often.  At Horizon, we have to replace the calipers on less than 3% of our repairs..  Caliper problems are indeed more common in the north (rust, salt, cold temperatures).  If a shop does tell you that you need to replace the calipers, make sure they show you the pads and the rotors.  Normally caliper problems will manifest with either the pads being thicker on one side than the other or, in the case of calipers not releasing the pressure, you would likely have a case where the pads and rotors show real significant damage and signs of be overheated.
  • Rotors are two iron discs connected by ribs, they work with the brake pads to assist in your vehicle stopping when you apply the brake pedal . Rotors due have to be replaced sometimes if they are below manufacture required thickness , sometimes they can be re- surfaced using a brake lathe.
  • Brake Pistons are part of the caliper they press out when the brake pedal is pressed due to the brake fluid pressure behind them causing them to press the brake pads against the rotor causing car to slow down or stop depending on how much pressure is applied.
  • Brake Pads are the made of ceramic or semi- metallic material, they are held into place by the caliper bracket and pressed onto the rotor by the piston of the caliper when pedal is depressed. Life on brakepads depend on the vehicle and the driving habits of the driver. Brake pads are constantly under extreme friction

The following picture shows the brake system in motion:

 

Brakes Hydraulic Disk Breaks

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