Disc Brake Service

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A disc brake is a type of brake that uses calipers to squeeze pairs of pads against a disc in order to create friction that slows the rotation of the wheel(s).

The main components of a disc brake are:

The brake pads The caliper, which contains a piston,

The rotor, which is mounted to the hub

How Disc Brakes Work

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The disc brake is a lot like the brakes on a bicycle. Bicycle brakes have a caliper, which squeezes the brake pads against the wheel. In a disc brake, the brake pads squeeze the rotor instead of the wheel, and the force is transmitted hydraulically instead of through a cable. Friction between the pads and the disc slows the disc down.

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Why Do We Replace Calipers?

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We do more than replace brake pads. Factory re-manufactured calipers include new seals and hardware in addition to pads. This allows for better caliper operation, complete piston return and less brake drag. Worn out brake calipers will cause uneven brake pad wear – you will get less mileage/performance on your brake job.  A brake caliper that is not replaced and seizes will overheat and potentially wreck your new brakes.

Why Do We Replace Rotors?

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Dale’s will recommend re-surfacing or replacing the brake rotors when needed.  New/resurfaced rotors provide a proper finish for seating the new brake friction and preventing brake vibration and pulsation. Thicker rotors will dissipate heat more efficiently and offer a stronger brake pedal feel. Our technicians will always torque wheels to manufacturer’s specifications to ensure brake rotors are not distorted from over-torqued wheel nuts.

Why Should Brake Hoses be Replaced?

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Our expert technicians will inspect your brakes and report back any issues with brake hose wear/issues.  Obviously, with all the pressure in your brake system, the last thing you need is for the brake hoses themselves to deform, flex, leak or burst. If they do, you lose brake pressure, and thus lose braking.  Therefore, we inspect the front and rear brake hoses for any splitting or cracking; a major safety hazard on any vehicle.

Why Do We Recommend Brake Fluid Flush

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The natural trait of brake fluid is to attract moisture. This occurs even in a sealed system, which will reduce the boiling point of the fluid and increase the chance for corrosion. We bleed the system to remove air and flush to refresh the brake fluid. This helps reduce the chance of brake fade and prolongs the life of all hydraulic components.