Brakes

The brake system is the most important part of any vehicle. Proper maintenance and repair of the brake system on your vehicle is vital to your safety. We only employ ASE certified technicians here at Afterhours Automotive that are qualified to perform any maintenance and/or repairs to the brake system on your vehicle. Our brake services include but are not limited to:

  • Maintenance
  • Diagnostics
  • Pad and/or rotor replacement
  • ABS diagnostics and/or repairs
  • Brake line repair and/or replacement
  • Brake system bleeding
  • Brake fluid change

 

Brake Pads

When buying brake pads there are usually several options. These options are usually comprised of metallic and ceramic.

 

Metallic brake pads are going to offer greater stopping power and cost less than ceramic brake pads. But, with this greater stopping power comes increased brake dust, increased noise, and faster wear of the brake pads and brake rotors.

 

Ceramic brake pads are going to offer decreased brake dust, decreased noise, and greater life than metallic brake pads. But, ceramic brake pads usually cost more and don’t offer the same stopping power as the metallic brake pads.

 

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is available in several different grades and you should be very careful about which one your vehicle requires and which one you are filling it with. There are currently DOT 3, DOT 4, Dot 5, and DOT 5.1 brake fluid types. The vast majority of vehicles specify the use of DOT 3 brake fluid. The main difference between all the different grades of brake fluid is the dry and wet boiling point of the fluid. DOT 5 & DOT 5.1 have the same boiling point requirements but have a different chemical composition.

 

The dry boiling point of brake fluid is measured at 0% water content and the wet boiling point of brake fluid is measured at 3.7% water content.

 

DOT 3 brake fluid has a minimum dry boiling point of 401° Fahrenheit and a minimum wet boiling point of 284° Fahrenheit.

 

DOT 4 brake fluid has a minimum dry boiling point of 446° Fahrenheit and a minimum wet boiling point of 311° Fahrenheit.

 

DOT 5 brake fluid has a minimum dry boiling point of 500° Fahrenheit and a minimum wet boiling point of 356° Fahrenheit.

 

DOT 5.1 brake fluid has a minimum dry boiling point of 500° Fahrenheit and a minimum wet boiling point of 356° Fahrenheit.

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