Brake Repair & Brake Pad Replacement
Our ASE-certified experts help keep your car running smoothly.
If you want honest service at affordable prices for brake repairs and brake pad replacements, Drivers Edge is your auto specialist. With 12 convenient locations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, we have built our business on a reputation of hard work and dependability.
We offer a variety of brake services including:
- Complete brake inspection
- Brake pad or shoe replacement
- Lubrication of calipers and hardware, machine drums or rotors
- Brake fluid flush
After a brake service is completed, our experienced technicians will test drive your vehicle to ensure everything is working properly. Let us take care of your brake issues with maintenance or repairs today!
We understand how imperative it is that your vehicle is in proper working order. Because of this, we are introducing a new program designed with your security in mind.
The Drivers Edge Delivery Program is a no-cost concierge service to help you eliminate unnecessary trips outside your home. We will pick up your car from your location (within three miles of Drivers Edge) and return it to you free of charge after services have been completed.
Your peace of mind is as important to us as it is to you. We promise to continue to do everything in our power to eliminate uncertainties and make your life easier. We hope that the Drivers Edge Delivery Program demonstrates our commitment to you, ensuring that you can safely be on the road when you need to be.
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I asked to expedite oil change service in order to accommodate another appointment within the hour. They did everything to get me in and out quickly. Thoroughly inspected vehicle and found several additional recommended services from which we prioritized service and follow-up. I did not feel pressured and felt there was a strong customer care ethic in place. Clean and comfortable waiting room. I even think my car came back to me cleaner than when I left it. Very satisfied with service and would return and recommend to others.
For best performance, have your brakes checked every 6 months or 6,000 miles.
Keeping your brakes in good condition is important to your safety and to the life of your vehicle. Watch for these signs that it’s time for brake service:
- Squealing, thumping or grinding sounds
- Yellow puddles of brake fluid
- Less resistance in the pedal when braking
- More distance needed to come to a complete stop
- Pulling to one side when braking
- Vibration in the pedal when braking
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Prevention is key for avoiding costly auto repairs. Start with early detection of issues with your brakes, such as visiting Driver’s Edge for brake repair as soon as you hear grinding noises. Types of brake maintenance include brake pad replacement and rotor replacement. If your brakes are beyond the point of a standard replacement, it is likely due for a brake repair, which is much more labor intensive. Save yourself from the costs of brake repairs by having your car’s brakes checked before it’s too late.
If you notice that your vehicle now takes a longer time to brake, do come in to any of our locations to have them checked. If the brake warning light keeps turning on when you try to brake, please do not ignore it.
It must be noted that car owners can hear grinding noises because of moisture coating the brakes. These noises can also be caused by dirt, grime, and rust. Dirt and rust can also enter the ABS modulator and cause brake failure later on.
There are many possibilities but the best way to tell if your brakes are still okay is to go to an ASE certified technician asap. While it is easy for most drivers to tell if their brakes already need replacement, Driver’s Edge can give more information as to what is wrong.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If they are squeaking or making disturbing grinding noises when you step on the pedal, it might be time for a replacement.
However, it must be noted that there are many things that can lead to brake failure the most common of which is loss of fluid pressure. Hydraulic pressure is needed for your brakes to work that’s why if there’s a leak somewhere in the system, the fluid pressure won’t be enough for the brakes to work properly. Rust and corrosion can affect the brakes too.
To understand brake failure better, one must know how all the components work and how they are connected. The brake pedal is attached to the pistons and the pistons are attached to the brakes. If something is wrong in any of the parts, you can be sure that your brakes will fail at one point. Brakes that are in good condition stop a vehicle by applying friction. If something interferes with the friction produced by this car component, brake failure is inevitable. Oil, grease, hot spots, thin brake pads, can cause braking problems. Below are some of the common signs of brake failure:
- Poor braking performance
- Squeaking/squealing/ grinding noises
- Pulsation during braking
- Clicking noises when braking
- ABS light for antilock brakes is on
- Loss of brake pedal
- Loss of power assist
Grinding noises coming from your brakes is an indication of worn pads. If you hear your brakes making such noises, it is imperative that you have them checked. However, it must be noted that car owners shouldn’t wait until they hear grinding noises before bringing their vehicles to a mechanic. Brake checks should be done every six months or as often as your car’s maintenance schedule allows.
If the vehicle is grabbing to one side, there is a big possibility that your brakes are no longer working the right way. One reason can be maladjustment but it can also be due to any of the following: fluid leak, frozen brake or emergency brake cables, oil or grease on the brake pads or shoes.
Your vehicle’s braking system includes a variety of components. Most vehicles today are equipped with disc brakes. The components of a disc braking system include:
- Brake pads
- Brake shoes
- Brake rotors
- Brake calipers
- Hardware (brake pad slides, caliper pins, caliper brackets)
- Master cylinder (contains the piston assembly and brake fluid)
- Brake lines and hoses
When you bring your vehicle into Driver’s Edge for a brake inspection, we thoroughly check every aspect of your braking system, not only to determine what brake services may be necessary but to help ensure the safe operation of your vehicle.
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When the pedal is pressed, a lever connected to the pedal is pushed into a small cylinder filled with hydraulic fluid. This pressure causes the hydraulic fluid to flow through lines that run into the other larger cylinders (brake calipers) located near the wheels. When fluid enters the caliper, this pushes the pistons in the calipers to actuate and squeeze the brake pads against the brake rotors causing friction. This friction then slows down the outer wheel and tire, bringing your vehicle to a complete stop. All of this happens almost instantaneously when you press the brake pedal.
That is why it is so important to have your brakes routinely checked. You want to ensure all parts of your brake system are working optimally and can provide the stopping power you rely on. Here at Driver’s Edge, brake services are one of the things we specialize in and you can trust us to help keep your vehicle running safely.
Schedule your appointment today for your brake inspection and service at the Driver’s Edge location nearest you!
“Turning” your brake rotors essentially means having them resurfaced. Over time, as the brake pads make contact with your rotors, the surface of the metal rotors will start to wear down. Reducing the stopping power of your brake system. Also, excessive heat generated from the friction when braking can cause the rotors to warp over time.
To help bring the surface of the rotors back to like-new quality, a technician will turn your rotors. This resurfacing involves putting the rotor on a lathe and using a sharp bit to remove a thin layer of the rotor’s metal. This creates a smooth, even surface, provided there is enough metal left to do so safely. Rotor turning is done when you have your brake pads replaced.
When you come into Driver’s Edge for brake repair, our ASE-certified technicians can help you determine if your brake rotors can be effectively“turned or if it would be better to replace them.
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Realistically, there is no set, easy answer for how long brake pads should last. Manufacturers provide a wide range between 25,000 and 65,000 miles for the effective life of their pads. This is because it can vary for each driver and their driving style.
It is common to see brake pads last around 40,000 miles. But frequent braking in hilly terrains, stop and go traffic, or needing to brake harder due to higher speeds can all cause pads to wear down faster and lead to brake pad replacement more frequently. Also, the material that the brake pads are made of, whether they are ceramic or semi-metallic, can have an impact on the life of the pad.
The ASE-certified technicians at Driver’s Edge can help determine the best brake pads and rotors for your vehicle to help you get the most for your money and optimize your stopping power.
There are some specific things you can work into your driving style to help extend the life of your brake pads and rotors. A few tips you can follow include:
- Obey the speed limit: Stopping at higher speeds and more suddenly is very taxing on your brake system.
- Be observant of traffic movement: Give yourself time to be able to brake more gradually or, even better, coast with the engine deaccelerating before having to stop.
- Only drive with your right foot: Avoid using your left foot to brake before your right foot has let off the accelerator completely. Trying to brake when there is still any pressure on the accelerator requires much more braking effort.
- Minimize the weight in your vehicle if possible: By reducing the weight in the back or trunk of your vehicle it will be less taxing on your brakes.
- Have the brake system inspected regularly: Driving with worn brake pads will put more stress on the rotors and other components. Regular inspection and brake pad replacement as necessary will prevent more costly brake repairs and ensure the safety of your vehicle.
By following these tips, you can reduce the need for brake repair more frequently and get the most from your braking components. Schedule your appointment today for your routine inspection and brake service at Driver’s Edge.
It is very easy to check your brake fluid yourself. But it is important to note that it is best to bring your vehicle into an auto service center to have the fluid replaced by certified technicians. Brake fluid can not only ruin your car’s paint if spilled but it is also highly toxic.
Your owner’s manual will provide specific instructions for checking your vehicle’s brake fluid levels. In general, you’ll find the brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder. Check the fluid itself within the reservoir to see if it appears dark or muddy. If that is the case, your fluid is dirty and is losing its effectiveness. You’ll also want to look at the lines on the reservoir that indicate the maximum and minimum levels. If your brake fluid is close to the minimum line, you may have a leak and likely need brake service.
As part of Driver’s Edge’s complete brake services, our technicians will check your brake fluid to see if it’s low or appears dirty and needs to be replaced.
A brake light should never be ignored since it can indicate any number of problems, from simple to urgent. Here are some reasons a brake light may come on:
- Low brake fluid level: A low brake fluid level can cause the brake light to come on. This could indicate a leak in your brake system, which should be repaired immediately.
- Parking brake is engaged: Make sure your parking brake is off before driving. Driving with it on can overheat the brakes, damage the brake fluid, and wear down the lining of brake pads prematurely.
- Faulty sensor: A faulty parking brake sensor or brake fluid sensor can cause the brake light to come on. A technician can confirm the issue and replace it if necessary.
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS) issue: Many late-model cars may have a warning light specifically for the ABS. But for vehicles that don’t, your brake light can indicate a problem with the ABS.
- Electrical issue: A problem with your car’s wiring can sometimes cause the brake light to come on.
If your brake light is on, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle into your closest Driver’s Edge location. Schedule your appointment today and avoid further costly brake repair.