Brake Stop & Auto Repair Services

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Today's automobile has more advanced technology than ever before, requiring precision care. At Brake Stop Auto Repair, we keep ahead of this technology with specialized equipment and training to service your vehicle better anyone else in the area.

Services Offered at any of our locations

• Engine Diagnostic Service
• Engine Replacement
• Major Engine Repair
• Fuel Injection/Induction Service
• Oil Change Service
• Power Door Lock/Window Service and Repair
• Clutch Replacement
• Cooling System Service/Flush
• Electrical/Battery Service and Repair
• Four-Wheel Drive Repairs
• Air Conditioning Service and Repair
• Brake System Service/Flush
• Power System Flush
• Radiator/Cooling System Service and Repair
• Timing belt replacement
• Transmission Repair/Replacement
• Tune-Up
• Factory Recommended Maintenance

Oil Change Service

During the miles between changes, the oil in your engine gradually becomes contaminated with soot, metal particles, gasoline, and other impurities. As mileage accumulates, so do contaminants in the oil. Eventually, enough impurities accumulate that the filter cannot remove them and the oil cannot keep them in suspension. When this happens, the resulting sludge can dramatically shorten engine life.

Comprehensive Brake Inspections

Brake Stop and Auto Repair performs a comprehensive brake inspection before we recommend any brake related repairs. This inspection includes checking the condition of the brake fluid itself as well as the various mechanical and electronic components of the brake system. The fluid is the brake system's "life's blood" and is susceptible to moisture collection and contamination which can damage the sensitive Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) components.

Preventive Maintenance

Our expert staff of technicians understands the importance of preventive maintenance. Such maintenance extends the life of your vehicle and keeps you and your family safe on the road. When performed regularly, preventive maintenance will:
• Reduce the depreciation of your vehicle
• Make the car worth more
• Avoid costly repairs to transmissions, engines and other vehicle components
• Make car perform better
• Allow you to travel safer
• Reduce "down time" for repairs
• Allow you to plan service work and not get CAUGHT with so much repair work

Brake System

The brake system is probably the most important system in your vehicle. Brakes are a normal wear item for any car, so sooner or later they're going to need replacement. You never want your brakes to get to the “metal-to-metal” point, which usually means expensive rotor or drum replacement. If your car exhibits dragging brakes, squealing brakes, a pulsating brake pedal (with ABS not functioning), grinding brakes, a low brake pedal or pulling when braking, have it checked out by our qualified technicians as soon as possible.

Brake Fluid Flush

For years many Asian vehicle manufacturers have recommended changing brake fluid. Most of these vehicles had master cylinders vented to the atmosphere, and since brake fluid is hygroscopic (it absorbs moisture from the air), they recommended changing the fluid because moisture causes expensive brake components to corrode, and it also lowers the boiling point of the fluid. If brake fluid boils on a hard stop, the pedal will simply drop to the floor. We recommended brake fluid flushes on those vehicles, but we really did not start recommending changing brake fluid on most other vehicles until antilock brake systems became commonplace. In some vehicles, the main ABS valve assembly can cost as much as $2,000, so it only makes sense to try to preserve them.

While the results are not 100 percent scientific, our study showed that as our brake fluid flushes increased by 375 percent over a four year period, master cylinder replacements decreased by 50 percent. The average brake fluid flush costs $65 (less if performed with a brake job), and an average master cylinder replacement was $345. Our ABS hydraulic repairs in the same period are almost nonexistent. We recommend flushing your brake fluid every 30,000 miles or two years.

Transmission Fluid Flush

Transmission fluid has friction modifiers that wear out, and other additives to prevent varnishing up of internal components. We used to remove the pan to change the filter and refill just four or five quarts of fluid. We recently invested in a machine that completely exchanges all 12 to 18 quarts of fluid. Since then, we have found transmission overhauls and replacements at our facility drop by 44 percent. At an average of $1,458 for a transmission, it appears that flushing the fluid is a real bargain. We recommend flushing your transmission fluid every 30,000 miles or two years.

Cooling System Power Flush

Engine coolant (antifreeze) has additives to prevent corrosion, lube the water pump bearings and seals, and prevent electrolysis. The “anti-freezing” part does not wear out, however. Since we started recommending power flushes, water pump jobs have dropped 17 percent, and replacing rusty, leaking freeze plugs has almost stopped! We recommend flushing your antifreeze every 30,000 miles or two years.

Oil, Lube and Filter Change

I don't even think I need to repeat how important I feel simple oil changes are to the life of the engine. Since manufacturers started extending the recommended intervals on oil changes, our engine replacements have nearly tripled. An average engine replacement costs $3,783. As little as an oil change costs and as much protection it gives your engine, we recommend changing you oil and filter every 3,000 miles or three months no matter how long the manufacturer says it can last. If using full synthetic oil, we recommend every 5,000 miles or five months.

Power Steering Fluid Flush

Recently I had an equipment salesman ask to demo a power steering fluid flush machine. Being skeptical, I asked why, after power steering has been around commercially since 1951, we should start changing power steering fluid? His reply made sense, although I cannot confirm his facts. Since the majority of vehicles today use aluminum rack and pinion steering gears, the aluminum wears and microscopic shavings start circulating through the gear and the power steering pump. The figure he quoted me was a 28 percent decrease in rack and pinion assembly replacements with regular power steering flushes. We'll keep investigating, but at nearly $550 for an average rack replacement, it might be a big money saver. We recommend flushing your power steering fluid every 30,000 miles or two years.

Fuel Filter Replacement

An old fuel filter can cause hard starting, hesitation, stalling, loss of power, poor fuel economy, rough idle and engine misfiring. So to keep your vehicle running smoothly, quietly and efficiently, let our team of trained experts inspect your fuel system every year. We recommend replacing your fuel filter every 30,000 miles or two years.

Ignition System

Your car's ignition system gets the vehicle going and ensures that it runs smoothly. Spark plugs must fire properly to assure engine performance and emission control. New plugs should be installed at the specified mileage. Check the specification section of your owner's manual for the proper type of spark plugs for your vehicle. Spark plug wires should also be inspected regularly for evidence of cuts, cracks, splits and corrosion. Also at the time of changing the spark plug wires the distributor cap and ignition rotor should be replaced. Some of the newer vehicles are going to DIS (distributor-less ignition) and COP (coil-over-plug) systems. These systems have ignition coils and/or sensors that send signals to the computer. This is what takes place of the distributor cap and/or spark plug wires. This is a more efficient system because it is computer-controlled, but also can be more costly when replacing them.

Steering and Suspension

The steering and suspension systems have the important job of controlling where your car goes and how it rides. The systems are not only important for safety reasons, but also enhance the comfort level of the vehicle. You should have the suspension and steering components of your vehicle inspected and adjusted according to the manufacturer's recommended intervals. Proper inspection and adjustment will extend their life. We recommend replacing your shocks and/or struts every 50-60,000 miles. The other components in these systems will be inspected whenever we do your 3,000 mile service.

Air Conditioning Performance

Your vehicle's air conditioning system works with the heating and ventilation system to provide you with cool, dry air for comfort. Modern technology requires that only certified individuals inspect your AC system for the proper operation. Our ASE-certified technicians are all qualified to inspect your air conditioning system and are equipped to replace or repair anything incorrect in the system. We will inspect for loose belts, leaks, AC operation, and if needed, recharge your system.

As you can see, preventative maintenance pays off in the long run. A recent J.D. Powers study stated that if the average owner keeps their vehicle 10 years and spends $2,000 per year on maintenance and repair, they will save over $500,000 on new vehicle costs and high-ticket repairs over their lifetime. If that half-million dollar figure is accurate, maintenance does pay.

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