Your vehicle's braking system is one of the most important and fundamental aspects of your driving safety. While your engine is what makes your car go, it is your brakes that stop it from crashing into the vehicles in front of you, drifting off the road around corners, and adhering to all of the stop lights and signs around town. Repairing your braking system depends on many different components before determining the best brake repair option for you. The master cylinder is what pushes brake fluid through the brake lines to your vehicle's calipers or wheel cylinders when its brake pedal is pressed. The calipers squeeze together the brake pads which in turn squeeze the brake rotor causing the vehicle to slow down and/or stop moving. The wheel cylinders push out on the brake shoes which in turn push out on the brake drums causing the vehicle to slow down and/or stop moving. Failure of any of these components in your vehicle's braking system could be detrimental to your safety the next time you need your car to stop the most.
Best rated brake repair in Hillsboro!
We specialize in all aspects of brake repair, including but not limited to: brake pads, brake shoes, brake rotors, brake drums, calipers, wheel cylinders, master cylinders, brake boosters, and brake hoses & lines. If you feel that your car's brakes are not performing optimally, then we encourage you to bring it to Masters Touch Automotive today so that we can provide you with a free diagnosis. We will be able to let you know what auto repairs are needed, if any, in order to have your vehicle's brakes stopping like new once again.
Our Most Popular Brake Repair Services:
- BRAKE PADS are made of high friction material so that when the brake pedal is applied the brake pads press against the brake rotors by your calipers to stop your vehicle. The friction of the brake pad against the rotor provides most of the stopping power in your braking system. When this friction material has worn down it is time to replace your brake pads. Masters Touch Automotive only uses quality products such as Raybestos and Power-Stop brake pads.
- BRAKE SHOES are made of friction material that presses against your brake drums when the brakes on your vehicle are applied. The brake shoes heat up when in contact with a drum, causing small amounts of friction material to transfer to the drum. The friction of the brake shoe against the drum provides most of your vehicle's stopping power. Your braking system will be in jeopardy once the friction material on your brake shoes has worn down. We recommend visiting Masters Touch Automotive before this happens.
- BRAKE ROTORS are what the brake pads press against to stop your vehicle in a disc braking system. Brake fluid from the master cylinder is sent through the brake lines into a caliper causing the brake pads to press against the rotor. When this occurs your vehicle will stop accordingly because the brake rotors are attached to your wheels. It is highly recommended that all rotors should either be resurfaced or replaced before equipping your braking system with new pads. This will ensure that your rotors have an optimal surface for the pads to grip when the brakes are applied. As a point of reference, rotors have a minimum machining thickness for ideal performance. If resurfacing the rotors drops the thickness below this standard, then replacing them altogether will be mandatory.
- BRAKE DRUMS are what the brake shoes press against to stop your vehicle in a drum braking system. Brake fluid sent through the brake lines into the wheel cylinder causing the brake shoes to press outward against the drum. When this occurs your vehicle will stop accordingly because the brake drums are attached to your wheels. It is highly recommended that all drums should either be resurfaced or replaced before equipping your braking system with brake shoes. This will ensure that your drums have an optimal surface for the shoes to grip when the brakes are applied. As a point of reference, drums have a maximum diameter for ideal performance. If resurfacing the drums exceeds this diameter, then replacing them altogether will be mandatory.
- BRAKE CALIPERS contain the brake pads. Brake fluid is sent to the calipers through the brake lines when you apply the brake pedal, this will cause the pads to clamp down on on your rotors. All types of calipers are susceptible to the wearing down of the rubber seals or the pistons that are contained within them. Typically, the only way to detect this is when noticeable leaking occurs. Irregardless, the heat generated in the braking system will eventually destroy the rubber seals at some point in time, no matter how conservatively you use your brakes. Additionally, severe worn friction may cause the seal to leak and the piston to overextend.
- BRAKE WHEEL CYLINDERS are made of a cylinder that has two pistons, one on each side. A rubber seal is on the inside of the piston. Usually, the piston makes contact with the brake shoe directly. Hydraulic pressure applied by the master cylinder causes the pistons to be forced out, pushing the brake shoes against the drum. After releasing the brake pedal the return springs pull the shoes away from the drum and force the wheel cylinder pistons back into their normal position. Typical replacement is required every 5 to 6 years, depending on how many annual miles you drive. Normal wear and tear may cause the piston seals to leak, corrosion and pitting to occur inside wheel cylinders, or even a loss of pedal or partial failure in the braking mechanism. Needless to say, this can be very dangerous and we encourage all of our customers not to hesitate if they feel their vehicle is not braking properly.
- BRAKE MASTER CYLINDERS process the force from the brake pedal into hydraulic pressure. When the brake pedal is depressed, the master cylinder pushes the brake fluid ahead to the calipers and/or shoes. Sometimes fluid contamination or incompatible brake fluid use will cause seal damage and could result in complete hydraulic braking system failure. Drivers that do not bleed the master cylinder may introduce air into the system which may cause your vehicle to have a "spongy pedal". We recommend having your brake system services regularly as needed to prevent these failures from occurring.
- BRAKE BOOSTERS use the manifold vacuum from your engine to help assist with the amount of pressure you have to use with your foot on the brake pedal. The brake booster essentially creates a greater braking force with minimal pedal effort, typically two to four times greater depending on the diaphragm size. Located between the brake pedal and the master cylinder, the brake booster makes braking much easier. Without it, the pedal on your vehicle would be very hard to press down on and would make every attempt to stop or slow down quite the workout. With that being said, should you experience difficulty pressing your brake pedal, then the brake booster may be malfunctioning and in need of repair or replacement.
- BRAKE HOSES & LINES transfer fluid from your vehicle's master cylinder through your brake lines to the brake calipers or wheel cylinder at the wheel. Typically, these lines & hoses are comprised of a multi-braided PVA hose that is reinforced to work with most non-petroleum based brake fluids. Potential warning signs for a leak may include spongy brakes; low fluid levels in the master cylinder reservoir; drip spots where your car was last parked; or a dampness of the back of the caliper or brake drum. All brake lines need to be inspected for age cracks, bulges, swelling, and other damage. At Masters Touch Automotive we will thoroughly inspect your brake lines to make sure they are able to withstand fluid pressure ranging from a few hundred pounds per square inch up to 2,000+ PSI. All braking ability in the system will be compromised if we find that your brake lines do not meet these specifications. In that case, we will be able to replace them for you right away.
Auto Repair in Hillsboro, OR 97123
MASTERS TOUCH AUTOMOTIVE is centrally located on TV-HWY 8 near the corner of SW Dennis Avenue.
Our auto repair shop is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, rain or shine - call us today!