Brake Services and Brake Repair

Remember when you took your driver’s license test and the instructor asked you to brake suddenly? You were probably too nervous to wonder about exactly how those brakes worked. For most people, brakes are like breathing: they’re just there. You don’t think about them — you simply rely on them.

But if you consider the mechanics of your brakes carefully, you’ll see how important they are. Brakes are that critical component of your driving experience that allow you to slow your thousands of pounds of speeding metal down to a crawl in just a few seconds. Brakes need regular service, because they keep you and your car in one piece.

So how do they work?

Brakes, simplified.

Brakes have several components. In the front of your car are disc brakes — pads that squeeze against a rotor located in the front wheels. In some cars, the back wheels also employ disc brakes; others use drum brakes, which use shoes usually located on the inside of a drum-shaped mechanism attached to the wheel. Your brakes are connected by a series of tubes and hoses that link each wheel to a master cylinder that supplies them with brake fluid (hydraulic fluid).

The master cylinder is the heart of your brake system. When you press your brake pedal, it creates hydraulic pressure in the cylinder. The hydraulic fluid moves toward the wheels, and the brake pads compress.

Chapel Hill Tire puts a stop to bad brakes.

Bad brakes are one of the most dangerous problems a car owner can face. Luckily, there are usually some clear warning signs that you have brake problems. If you hear squealing or grinding noises from your brakes, see your system’s Anti-Lock Brake light come on, feel shaking in your car when you brake, or notice a change in the pressure it takes to use your brake pedal, come in to Chapel Hill Tire right away. We can perform a quick inspection, identify and fix your problem, and get you back on the road.

Even if everything seems fine, you need to get your brakes checked every 12,000 miles for wear and tear. Chapel Hill Tire will check out all of your brake components and ensure you won’t be subject to any nasty surprises on the road.

Brake Services

When you get a brake inspection at Chapel Hill Tire, we look at the following components:

Disc Brakes

  • Disc brake rotors and pads
  • Calipers and hardware

Drum Brakes

  • Brake drums and shoes
  • Wheel cylinders
  • Return springs

Parking Brake

  • Cables

Hydraulic System

  • Master cylinder
  • Brake fluid and hoses
  • Power booster

Stop overpaying for brake service warranties; at Chapel Hill Tire we offer a 3 year/36,000-mile warranty to give you lasting peace of mind. And if you’re a new customer, you get $20 off the whole shebang. With unbeatable value and unparalleled expertise, Chapel Hill Tire is the Triangle’s best place for brake services.