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Brakes

Everyone knows what brakes do, and we all have a pretty good idea what can happen if they stop working. The problem is that most people don’t understand how brakes work and what it can cost to repair them. Gerry’s Tire can save you money If you buy tires from us we’ve already been checking your brakes every time you bring your car in for tire rotation, oil changes or rebalancing. If you think you need brake work, or have been told you need brakes, make an appointment to bring in your car and we’ll see how we might save you money.

Remember that wearing down the brake material is what’s SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. When your brakes are worn far enough (and we can help you figure out when that is) you should have your brake pads (or shoes) changed to protect the rest of your brake parts.

What’s different at Gerry’s?

You take your brakes seriously and so do we. Some shops will advertise very cheap specials on brake work, and once they’ve got your car on the hoist, they will discover all kinds of problems that you couldn’t have known about before you start. Brake work can be expensive, sometimes bordering on more than the vehicle is worth for an older car! And, of course, since it’s brakes, who wants to take a chance!

Some places will even go so far as to say that they won’t let you drive your car home because it is "unsafe to drive". This is usually a tactic, meant to scare you into spending a lot to replace parts that are just fine. Ask yourself a simple question: "If I drove my car in, how did it become unsafe for the road all of a sudden?"

We Want to Earn Your Trust

We don’t do scare tactics. We fix brakes. When a repair shop says that you need a mother load of brake work done and it just doesn’t seem right - please call us (734) 429 7370 and get a second opinion. If you really are afraid, we can help you get your car to us.

How Brake’s Work

There are two basic types of vehicle brakes: Disk brakes and Drum brakes. In each type of brakes you have two parts: the part that rolls with the wheel and the part that is fixed to the car body.

In Disk brakes, a large disk (or rotor) is connected to the wheel and spins as the wheel spins. When you put on the brakes, a caliper pinches a brake pad to each side of the rotor. The brake pads are covered with a friction material that wears away as your brakes are used.

Drum brakes are a lot like Disk brakes but instead of a rotor, a “drum” shaped iron bowl is attached to the wheels going around. Inside the drum, some brake “shoes” are positioned so that when the pedal is applied the shoes press against the inside wall of the drum. Again, the brake shoes have a material that is designed to wear away as you use them.

The most common things that can go wrong with brakes are:

  1. Rotors or drums may heat up and warp, the contact surface may become uneven, calipers or shoes might stick. (Drum brakes have return springs that might need to be replaced.)
  2. Caliper or drum seals may wear out or be damaged and leak hydraulic fluid.
  3. The steel brake lines and flexible hoses may break or leak hydraulic fluid.
  4. The Master Cylinder converts your foot pedal to hydraulic pressure. Your system may lose brake fluid or the master cylinder seals can fail.