Brake Repair and Services
Whether you are looking for front brake pads, rear brake pads, or rotors, we are the go-to-place for brake pads, rotors, and replacement services in Merritt Island.
When Should I Replace My Brakes?
Brakes are one of those things on cars that don't necessarily have a schedule that is the same for every car, driver, and driver conditions. A driver that spends most of their time driving on the interstate or back and forth to Orlando, may not need brakes as fast as the driver that just goes to the grocery store, church and back home in town. It also varies with the weight you may carry in your vehicle and if you are gradual brake person, or a heavy foot last minute stopper. All these are factors on how soon you may need to replace your brakes.
That's why you should take the opportunity to have your brakes looked at when you get your tires rotated (you do rotate your tires, right?) or let us visually inspect them every time you come in for service.
Is it OK to Just Replace My Brake Pads?
Nine times out of ten, we do not ever recommend replacing just the brake pads when doing a brake job. The reason being is when you install brake pads and rotors, you have two new surfaces (the pad and rotor) that when touching, add friction/heat and pressure they conform to each other. When I change out the brake pad only, now I am putting a brand new surface against an used/non-smooth surface causing my brand new pad to wear faster and possibly create a vibration or noise.
We get some customers that request we 'Turn' the rotors, which is a process that smooths out and levels the surface for a new pad. This is an acceptable option, if the rotor is heavy duty enough to allow this to work and if there is enough width specification left on the rotor to reuse it. Somewhere in the last 20 years the car manufacturers started cutting weight to make the cars get more mph, and the rotors have gotten lighter and thinner in the process. The rotors have also come down in price to make them more economical to change out with the brake pads. Most cars also have ceramic brake pads to reduce the amount of brake dust that gets in our waterways and kills salmon. These ceramic pads are tougher, last longer, but also shorten the life of the rotors they are paired with.
If you ever have a concern about your brakes, please come by and we can take a look at your brakes and let you know how they are doing. It is a FREE service we offer to keep you safe on the road!