1. Schedule Your Appointment
Whether scheduling online or over the phone be sure and let us know what you're experiencing so we can provide fast and accurate service advice.
2. Diagnostics and Inspections
Drop off your vehicle and the shop will get to work with inspections and diagnostics using the same equipment as the manufacturers to determine issues and next steps.
3. Digital Vehicle Inspection Report and Estimate
Following the diagnosis we will text you a digital vehicle inspection report, containing pictures and videos of our findings and recommendations.
4. Review and Approval
A service advisor will reach out to walk you through the findings and recommendations to determine how you would like to proceed, or you can approve work directly in your DVI.
5. Work Performed or Scheduled
Most work can be completed immediately, or scheduled based on parts and customer availability.
Recognizing Common Brake Problems and Warning Signs
Your vehicle communicates through various warning signs when your brakes require attention. Stay vigilant for these indications of brake issues:
- Squealing or squeaking sounds
- Grinding sensations when coming to a stop
- Shaking or vibrations in the steering column
- Spongy brake pedal
- Vehicle pulling to one side during braking
- Wobbling or vibrations at highway speeds
Common brake problems often stem from worn brake pads or rotors. Brake pads generate friction to slow down your vehicle, while rotors dissipate heat to prevent overheating. These components play a crucial role in maintaining optimal brake performance. Should either of these parts be damaged, our skilled technicians can promptly replace them.
Low brake fluid levels can also contribute to brake problems. Brake fluid amplifies the force you apply to the brake pedal, allowing your vehicle to slow down or stop effectively. Additionally, it protects the internal metal components of your brakes from corrosion.
How We Can Assist You
As your trusted automotive care partner, we provide comprehensive brake services tailored to your specific needs. Our process includes a thorough inspection to identify and address any brake related issues.
During our meticulous brake inspection, we assess the following components:
- Brake pad thickness
- Brake/hydraulic fluid level and condition
- Brake hoses (regular checks for wear and tear)
- Brake hardware
- Rotor wear
Transparency and Your Choices
We prioritize transparency in our services and aim to empower you to make informed decisions. Before servicing your vehicle, we provide an upfront summary of the recommended repairs, complete with a detailed breakdown of parts and labor costs. Your vehicle repairs are always your choice, and we will never proceed without your consent.
Driving Habits and Preventative Maintenance
Preserving the lifespan of your brakes, including pads and rotors, involves regular maintenance and mindful driving habits. Promptly schedule service when you notice any brake-related symptoms. Additionally, follow the brake fluid replacement schedule recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer. Minimizing stop-and-go traffic and reducing vehicle load can help reduce wear and tear on your brakes.
Schedule Your Brake Service Today
Don't compromise on your safety. Call your local Christian Brothers Automotive Bradenton shop in Bradenton today to schedule your brake service. Experience our exceptional care and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with reliable brakes on the roads of Bradenton.
Q. "Why is my ABS light on?"There are several reasons your vehicles anti-lock brake system light might be on. The four common reasons that typically cause this light to turn on include a malfunctioning ABS module, low levels in the fluid reservoir, broken wheel speed sensors, or the system is turned off. Learn more here.
Q. "How long will my brake pads last?"There is no perfect answer to this. Brake pads can last up to 70,000 miles while others will need to be replaced as early as 25,000 miles. The type of vehicle you drive, how you use your vehicle and your driving style are all factors to consider. If you are interested in learning more about brake pad wear and how to extend its lifespan click here.
Q. "When do I need to change my brake fluid?"Along with the type of brake fluid, your car’s owner manual will indicate how often you need your brake fluid flushed and replaced. In general, brake fluids flushes are recommended every 30,000 miles or two years. Click here to learn more.
Q. "Do you offer a warranty?"As part of our Nice difference.® commitment to providing our customers the best auto service experience possible, we also offer a3-year/36,000-mile warranty on all the work that we do. We offer this warranty at every Christian Brothers Automotive nationwide, and it will be honored at any location, regardless of which branch did the initial work.
Q. "What is a Digital Vehicle Inspection?"With a complimentary Digital Vehicle Inspection (DVI) on every visit, you’ll see firsthand photos of your vehicle from under the hood. We’ll let you know if everything is functioning properly or if there are any areas of concern. You can even approve or deny our service recommendations, all straight from your smartphone, or you can, of course, give us a call and we’ll explain our findings in further detail.
Q. "Can you provide service under my extended warranty?"Yes. At Christian Brothers Automotive, we work with all major extended warranty providers to make needed repairs for our customers. If you have an extended warranty, you can discuss your carrier with our team when scheduling an appointment and confirm that the work will be covered. You can find a partial list of the extended warranty companies we work with here.
Hear What Our Customers Had to Say About Us
"I liked the customer service and going above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable while waiting in the store for my vehicle work to be done, specifically being offered a nice hot coffee with creamer."