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Bells Mill AutoCare

964 Bells Mill Rd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322

(757) 436-5950

Brake Service at Bells Mill AutoCare in Chesapeake

Posted on October 07,15 by truck2

Brakes really aren’t optional equipment for Chesapeake car owners. And taking care of them isn’t optional either.

A regular brake inspection is on every VA car’s maintenance schedule. At Bells Mill AutoCare, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any vital problems. Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your Chesapeake or Suffolk service center right away. And watch out for these problems:

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • A brake warning light that stays on
  • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
  • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.

There are several things that need to be serviced on the brake system. First, the brake pads and shoes wear out with use, and become too thin to really help. If the brake pads wear away completely you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced and that can be expensive. But putting it off is dangerous because your pickup won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

Brake fluid is also critical. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid activates the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid, not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and harmful brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. Chesapeake drivers should change the brake fluid when their vehicle manufacturer recommends it.

There are different grades of brake pads sold in the Chesapeake area. There are regular, metallic and ceramic – higher grades are more expensive, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the vehicle manufacturer recommends.

Be sure to properly maintain your brakes because it’s a lot cheaper than paying your nearest Chesapeake area body shop after an accident.

Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

Posted on March 12,14 by truck2

Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You’ve gotta have good brakes. If you’ve got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”

That’s why a regular brake inspection is on every Chesapeake driver’s maintenance schedule. An inspection at Bells Mill AutoCare will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.

Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Bells Mill AutoCare in Chesapeake right away. Here are some vital symptoms for Chesapeake drivers to watch for:

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • A brake warning light that stays on
  • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
  • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

If you are experiencing any of these, it’s time to get your brakes checked. To to your considerate Bells Mill AutoCare tech.

There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle.

Drum brakes are most common on back wheels. Both types have pads or shoes that press against the brakes and slow the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes are made out of very tough material to withstand the heat and force generated when stopping your pickup . Eventually, they wear out with use, and become too thin and need to be replaced at Bells Mill AutoCare

If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced. That’s not only pricey, but also dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

Bells Mill AutoCare brake service will also include a check of your brake fluid. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid activates the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid means not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. Chesapeake auto owners should change the brake fluid when their auto maker recommends to avoid these problems.

There are different grades of brake pads sold in Chesapeake; good, better and best. Higher grades cost more, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the auto manufacturer recommends. 

So, be sure to properly maintain your brakes, because it’s a lot less expensive than paying your Chesapeake body shop after an accident.

Come in to Bells Mill AutoCare for an brake inspection before damage occurs. You can call ahead for an appointment by calling 757.436.5950.

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Bells Mill AutoCare

964 Bells Mill Rd.

Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: (757) 436-5950

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