A&A The Shop – Your Brake Experts
When you push on your brake pedal, does it feel squishy or spongy – or do your brakes squeal, squeak? Our ASE Certified technicians at A&A The Shop in Anchorage, AK are brakes experts and have the skills and experience to take care of all of your vehicle’s braking system problems. Keep your cargo safe – make sure your vehicle stops when you want it to stop! You can trust our easy and convenient brake repair facility so that faulty brakes won’t put you in an unsafe situation while driving down the road.
Our ASE certified technicians are serious about offering friendly, courteous and knowledgeable service to all of our customers. We make sure that our technicians are continually training to master every aspect of automotive care as the industry evolves. Call A&A The Shop for expert, reliable brake maintenance and repair to assure safe, smooth driving.
About Your Braking System
The braking system of vehicles has evolved leaps and bounds over the last 100 years. Your brakes have changed from being a crude stopping mechanical system into a dependable and efficient power stopping system. Because brake systems vary by vehicle make and model, brake mechanics need to acquire more and more sophisticated tools and skills. At A&A The Shop, we make sure our ASE Certified technicians receive the training and experience needed to give you the best braking experience available.
The basic braking system consists of disc brakes in the front, and either disk or drum brakes in the rear. Your brakes are linked to each wheel and the master cylinder by a series of tubes and hoses, which supply them with essential brake fluid (hydraulic fluid).
Wheel Cylinders and Calipers
Your braking system’s wheel cylinders consist of cylinders surrounded by two rubber-sealed pistons that connect the piston with the brake shoe. When brake pressure is applied, pistons are forced out, pushing the shoes into the drum. Calipers squeeze brake pads onto the rotor to stop your car. If any of these pieces of your braking system are not working as they were designed, your braking power is in jeopardy. Bring your vehicle into A&A The Shop for ASE Certified technician’s inspections and repairs.
Brake Lines and Hoses
The channels which deliver pressurized brake fluid into the braking unit(s) at each wheel consist of steel braided brake lines, and high pressure, shock, and road resistant brake hoses. In time, these parts can become worn creating breaks or leaks, which can lead to ineffective braking. Don’t let the simple costs of a hose or line become a bigger, more expensive problem. Have A&A The Shop check your vehicle’s brake lines and hoses today
Disc Brake Pads and Drum Brake Shoes
A disc brake uses fluid (released by the master cylinder) to force pressure into a caliper, where it presses against a piston. The piston then squeezes two brake pads against the rotor, forcing it to stop. Brake shoes consist of a steel shoe with a steel shoe with friction material bonded to it.
Your Brake’s Master Cylinder
The master cylinder of your braking system is a sort of like a “pressure converter”. When you push down on the brake pedal the master cylinder converts this pressure to hydraulic pressure. Hydraulic pressure sends brake fluid into the wheel brakes. A&A The Shop’s brake experts have the skills and experience to make sure your master cylinder is working up to peak performance.
When you step on the brake pedal, you trigger the release of brake fluid into a system of tubes and hoses, where the fluid travels to the braking unit located at each wheel. You are actually pushing against a plunger, of sorts, in the master cylinder, which causes the fluid to be released.
Because brake fluid cannot be compressed it continues to flow through the tubes and hoses in the exact same motion and pressure as it started. When it comes to stopping a 2,000 pound vehicle that is traveling at high speeds, this consistency is a good thing.
Unfortunately, brake performance is affected when air is gathered within the fluid. Since air CAN compress, sponginess in the pedal is created which disrupts this consistency. This creates inefficient braking. Thus the need for “bleeder screws” which are located at each wheel cylinder. These can be removed and the unwanted air is “bled” out of the brake system.
When all of these braking systems are working properly, your car or truck stops when you push on the brake pedal. Don’t take chances with your brakes. For premier customer service and quality brake inspections and repairs, contact A&A The Shop and have our brakes experts give you the assurance of having efficient, effective brakes!
A&A The Shop – Your Brake Experts in Anchorage, AK.
A&A The Shop’s friendly and professional ASE Certified technicians are experts in all phases of brake system repairs and maintenance. Call for a brake inspection, service or repair today!