Brake Repair and Brake Services
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Wilhelm Auto Repair & Tires offers complete car care services that can’t be beat by any other repair center in the valley. For more great discounts on oil changes, tires and repairs, call us today at 888-920-6783.
Our complete brake system inspection includes:
Vehicle brake system test drive
Master cylinder, brake booster, and brake line inspection
Brake pad and shoe lining conditions
Brake rotor or drum specifications
Brake fluid levels and condition
Wheel cylinder inspection where applicable
We understand how imperative it is that your vehicle is in proper working order. Because of this, we are introducing a new program designed with your security in mind.
The Wilhelm Concierge Program is a no-cost service to help you eliminate unnecessary trips outside your home. We will pick up your car from your location (within three miles of Wilhelm Auto Repair & Tires) and return it to you free of charge after services have been completed.
Click HERE or call 1-480-658-0000 to set up your appointment. Our expert Wilhelm Auto Repair & Tire technicians will sanitize all contact points on your vehicle before returning it to you.
Your peace of mind is as important to us as it is to you. We promise to continue to do everything in our power to eliminate uncertainties and make your life easier. We hope that the Wilhelm Auto Concierge Program demonstrates our commitment to you, ensuring that you can safely be on the road when you need to be.
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For best performance, have your brakes checked every 6 months or 6,000 miles.
Keeping your brakes in good condition is important to your safety and to the life of your vehicle. Watch for these signs that it’s time for brake service:
Squealing, thumping or grinding sounds
Yellow puddles of brake fluid
Less resistance in the pedal when braking
More distance needed to come to a complete stop
Pulling to one side when braking
Vibration in the pedal when braking
Schedule your free brake check now.
Trust our ASE-certified technicians for award-winning service and complete car care. We’re open six days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for your convenience.
When you think about safety of an automobile, the first thing that should spring to mind is the brakes. Wear and tear can cause brakes to become unreliable when not taken care of properly. Wilhelm Automotive Service Centers provide Complimentary Brake Inspections to ensure proper function, adjustment, and system health.
The following items are covered in our Brake System Inspection:
- Vehicle Brake System Test Drive
- Master Cylinder, Brake Booster, and brake line inspection
- Brake pad and shoe lining conditions
- Brake Rotor or Drum specifications
- Brake Fluid levels and condition
- Wheel cylinder inspection (where applicable)
Our ASE Certified Master Technicians can handle all of your brake needs. We will take time to explain to you what needs to be done and why without complicating.
Common Problems with Brakes
Here our video talks about common problems you may be experiencing with your vehicle’s brakes. The most important issue on your car with regards to safety.
Mike talks about 3 common problems during the video:
- Squealing Brakes
- Your Steering Wheel shakes
- Brake pedal hops
If you are experiencing any of these 3 problems, then you could be having some issues with your Brakes. Stop by any of our 9 locations and take advantage of our Free Inspection. Also, you will receive 10% off any recommended service if you mention this video.
Any other questions about anything automotive repair, please don’t hesitate to give our stores a call and they will explain what might be happening or email us at [email protected] for any other issues.
Proudly Serving the Following Locations:
- Cave Creek
- Happy Valley
- Litchfield Park
- Old Town Peoria
- Tatum Ranch
Frequently Asked Questions
The braking system on your vehicle contains a variety of different components. The specific parts will vary depending on if you have a disc brake system or drum brakes. A brake system consists of:
- Brake rotors (and/or drums)
- Brake pads
- Brake shoes (on drum brake systems)
- Brake calipers
- Wheel cylinders
- Hardware (adjusters, springs, slides, caliper pins, caliper brackets)
- Brake lines and hoses
- Parking brake cables
- Master cylinder (contains the brake fluid and piston assembly)
At Wilhelm Auto Repair & Tires, our brake services include an inspection of every part of your brake system to determine the maintenance or brake repair that your vehicle may need.
The brake pads, part of the disc brake system, are located between the brake caliper and the rotor (the flat rotating disc) with two brake pads per wheel. The two most common materials of pads are semi-metallic and ceramic.
The brake pads are pressed by the caliper against the rotor. Converting the kinetic energy (forward motion) of the vehicle to thermal energy through friction. Over time, this friction can wear down the material of the brake pads. So, brake pad replacement should be part of your routine vehicle maintenance to maintain optimum braking performance.
The ASE-certified technicians at your nearest Wilhelm Auto Repair & Tires location can help determine the best type of brake pads for your vehicle and driving habits, the difference in brake pads cost, as well as provide an estimate for brake pad replacement.
Semi-metallic pads, which are made from a blend of metals and graphite lubricant, provide improved braking performance in a wider range of temperatures and conditions compared to ceramic brake pads, especially in high-performance driving. They also can help the brake system cool down faster because they withstand heat better than ceramic brake pads. But, semi-metallic pads are usually noisier during braking and can put more strain on the brake rotors and calipers. Cost-wise, they are less expensive compared to ceramic brake pads.
Ceramic brake pads, made from a blend of dense ceramic and copper fibers, are quieter when braking and also produce less dust and secondary particles. This means reduced wear and tear on the other components from the brake dust. They also provide reliable braking power in everyday driving conditions. But, ceramic brake pads are more expensive and do not absorb heat as well as semi-metallic pads, transferring that heat to the other braking components.
The ASE-certified technicians at any of our Wilhelm Auto Repair & Tires locations can help determine which type of brake pads would be best for your vehicle and driving conditions. Schedule your appointment today!
The brake rotors are the round discs that are connected to each wheel (two in the front and two in the back). As the brake pedal is pressed, the brake caliper squeezes the brake pads against the rotor, creating the friction necessary to slow the wheels’ rotation and stop the vehicle.
Brake rotors will be either blank and smooth, drilled, slotted, or drilled and slotted. Most newer vehicles will have blank and smooth rotors.
Like brake pads, over time, the heat and friction on your rotors will cause continuous wear. So it is important to have your brake rotors regularly inspected to ensure you can depend on your brake system to stop your vehicle effectively.
Yes, it is very easy to check the brake fluid in your vehicle yourself. But, when it comes to changing your brake fluid, it is best to bring your vehicle into an auto service center to have it replaced by certified technicians. Brake fluid is not only highly toxic but it can also ruin the paint on your car if spilled. Also, getting any bit of debris into your brake fluid through an open reservoir lid can wreak havoc on your brake system.
To check your vehicle’s brake fluid levels, follow the specific instructions in your owner’s manual. Generally, you’ll find the fluid reservoir on the brakes’ master cylinder. This is usually mounted on or near the firewall at the back of the engine compartment, almost directly in front of where the brake pedal is mounted on the other side of the bulkhead.
Take a look at the fluid level in the reservoir as indicated by the lines marked on the reservoir for maximum and minimum levels. If your fluid level is close to the minimum line, you may have a leak and likely need brake services done. Also, check the fluid color itself. Fresh brake fluid is a translucent yellow color. If the fluid is dark or muddy, your fluid is dirty and losing its effectiveness.
At Wilhelm Auto Repair & Tires, during our in-depth brake inspection, our technicians will check your brake fluid level and check to see if it appears dirty and in need of replacement. Schedule your appointment today at your nearest location.
If you are seeing a brake light illuminated on your instrument panel, do not ignore it. This can indicate any number of problems, from simple to critical. Some reasons your brake light may come on include:
- Low brake fluid level: A low level of brake fluid can cause the brake light to come on. This could mean a leak or other problem in your brake system, which should be brought in for repair immediately.
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS) issue: Many late-model cars may have a warning light specifically for the ABS. But for older vehicles that don’t, your brake light may be indicating a problem with the ABS.
- Parking brake is engaged: Always make sure your parking brake is disengaged before driving. Leaving it on while driving can wear down the lining of brake pads prematurely, overheat the brakes, damage the brake fluid, and cause a brake system failure.
- Faulty sensor: A faulty brake sensor may cause the brake light to come on. A technician can confirm the issue and replace a sensor if necessary.
- Electrical issue: A problem with your car’s electrical wiring may cause the brake light to come on.
Don’t wait to bring your vehicle into your closest Wilhelm Auto Repair & Tires location if your brake light is on. Schedule your appointment today and avoid further costly brake repair.
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There is no set mileage or time interval to answer this question. The best thing to do is to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for guidance. How often you need to have your brakes replaced depends not only on the manufacturer’s recommendation but also on your driving habits. A driver who tends to drive faster, brakes harder, or puts higher mileage on a vehicle will probably need brake services performed more often than other types of drivers.
Your best bet is to make brake inspections part of your regularly scheduled vehicle maintenance. Since our brake inspections are free, it’s easy to have this done every time you have your oil changed. Schedule your appointment for a brake inspection and brake services at any of our Wilhelm Auto Repair & Tires locations.