At Friesen's Auto Center, we want our Fort Collins customers to have the opportunity to feel comfortable in their vehicle. You can leave the repairs and services to our professionals, but please don't hesitate to ask us questions about why a service is needed or how it occurred. Give us a call at 970-490-1907, and we will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services Friesen's Auto Center offers.
Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don't stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit Friesen's Auto Center where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to our technicians at Friesen's Auto Center about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don't need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you'll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it's too late and you're ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact Friesen's Auto Center as soon as possible.
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a "like-new" condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. Friesen's Auto Center will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.
While traveling through the Ft. Collins area last Friday, I experienced a problem with the brakes on my camp trailer. I spring had broken and caused my brake to bind up. I stopped on a couple of shops along Collage. One of the shops didn't have time but called Friesens for me. The guys at Friesens said to bring it right over and they could take a look. Once we arrived the guys dropped what they were working on and went to work on my trailer, I knew they were busy as the shop was full of other customers vehicles. Long story short, the guys at Friesens saved our weekend in the mountains. Another great thing is they didn't try to gouge me out of a bunch of money and they were very quick. I have a couple of other projects that need repair and I will definitely take then to Friesens Auto.