BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR
Whether you're in need of swift brake maintenance or repair services, you can rely on Van Laar's Auto Service for cost-effective solutions. Contact us at 616-455-3940 or visit our Grand Rapids location for a comprehensive vehicle inspection, affordable recommendations, and efficient repairs to ensure optimal performance. To us, safety is paramount, so if you have any doubts about your brakes, reach out to us immediately!
Anti-Lock Brake System
The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) ensures your wheels keep rotating during braking, preventing skidding and providing better control. If your ABS light illuminates, visit Van Laar's Auto Service for a diagnosis and professional repair.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid can absorb moisture from the air over time, diminishing brake effectiveness and becoming corrosive, potentially harming the system. Regular brake fluid flushes are vital to ensure fresh fluid usage in your vehicle. Consult our technicians at Van Laar's Auto Service to determine the right time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose carries pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A damaged hose can lead to delayed or weak braking, and a leak may result in brake failure. While the need for a replacement brake hose isn't common, any signs of cracking or wear should prompt immediate replacement.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Squealing brakes often indicate brake pad issues. When brake pads deteriorate completely, a harsh metal-on-metal grinding noise occurs during braking, indicating potential rotor or drum damage. Although experienced individuals may attempt home repairs, if you have brake concerns, it's best to consult an auto repair professional promptly.
The brake caliper houses brake pads and clamps around the rotor to apply pressure during braking. Caliper problems can cause uneven braking, leading to skidding during braking and loss of control in adverse weather conditions. Contact Van Laar's Auto Service in Grand Rapids at your earliest convenience for assistance.
In a disc brake system, rotors attach to your vehicle's wheels. The friction with brake pads over time creates grooves and cracks. The process of resurfacing restores rotors to a "like-new" condition, reducing noise and wobbling. At Van Laar's Auto Service, we inspect your rotors thoroughly and recommend the best course of action.
FAQs About Brakes
Why are my brakes making a grinding noise?Grinding noises usually indicate that your car's brake system is overdue for maintenance. The grinding sound is usually caused by the brake pad being completely worn away or the brake shoe scraping on metal contact points.
Why are my brakes squeaking?Noises coming from your brakes do not usually indicate a high-cost auto repair. It could be a foreign object such as a small stone or road debris. It could also be a signal that your brake-pads are wearing out and need replacing. As brake pads wear bits of metal in your brake pad come in contact with the rotor to create a squeaking noise when you apply the brakes.
Why are my brakes making a burning smell?Overheated brakes cause a noticeable burning chemical smell. Pull over to a safe place and allow the brakes to cool. Ensure you did not accidentally leave the parking brake on. If there's any smoke coming from a wheel, it may be that the brake caliper is malfunctioning and locked in place. In this case, it may be unsafe to continue driving.
Why are my brakes vibrating?If your car shakes or vibrates or wobbles when you apply the brakes, it indicates that the thickness of your rotor is uneven. Brake rotors are large, perfectly round, smooth metal discs that sit inside of the wheels. When the disc has become misshapen or unevenly worn it will vibrate or wobble when you hit the brakes. Left uneven, the material will continue to build on the uneven spots, making the problem worse over time. Come to Van Laar's Auto Service to get the face of your car's brake rotors resurfaced to fix the problem.
How do I know if my car is leaking brake fluid?If your car does not stop as quickly as you expect you may be leaking brake fluid. This is a serious problem. An important part of the braking process involves brake fluid, which is used to create hydraulic pressure against the brake caliper. If your vehicle is leaking brake fluid, you won't be able to stop safely. We recommend taking your vehicle to an auto repair shop as quickly as possible if it is leaking brake fluid.
Why is my dashboard brake light on?If the brake light indicator appears on your dashboard, it's either time for regular brake maintenance or an alert to a potential problem. Stop by Van Laar's Auto Service and let us help you diagnose this issue quickly.
What are the 3 signs that brake pads are worn?The three most common sounds that indicate you need to replace your brake pads are squeaking, grinding or the dashboard brake indicator light coming on.
What is the 30-30-30 rule for brakes?Brake specialists advise initiating new brake pads by using a 30-30-30 method: Perform 30 gradual stops from 30 mph, allowing 30 seconds between each stop for the brakes to cool. This process protects against excessive heat buildup until the resins in the pads have completely cured.
What percent of brake pad life is 3mm?When you purchase a new brake pad, it has a standard thickness of around 8 to 12 mm or about a half inch. Over time, your car's brake pad will wear away. A brake pad at 3 mm or around one tenth of an inch will take around 40,000 miles of driving to completely wear out. Don't wait until then to replace your brake pads. Once your brake pads reach 3 mm it is recommended that you schedule an appointment to get them replaced soon.
What are the 3 types of brake pads?There are three main types of brake pads in use today: non-asbestos organic, ceramic and semi-metallic. Come by Van Laar's Auto Service or consult your car's owner's manual to determine which type is best for your vehicle.
Why is my car pulling to one side when I am braking?If your car is pulling to one side when braking it may be a bad brake hose or a caliper issue causing one brake to engage while the other is not. This causes a pull on the side where the brake is working properly.
Took my truck here for a brake inspection and they got it in first thing in the morning and got right to work on it once they have me a quote. Quick, professional and great service!Kimberly Kerkhoff
Contacted Van Laar's based on referral from a friend. I had squeaking brakes and scheduled an appointment for a week out. Tim, the owner, is great to work with. He quickly diagnosed the issues, did the job, and provided a fair and honest price.Andrew K
Had the rear brakes and rotors replaced last week. Great and fast day-of service. As a data point, I had to wait about a week to get an appointment to be seen. In and out in less than two hours. Will definitely be returning.Frank
Van Laar's is nothing short of Excellent Service, every time. I've been using them for a little over 5 years now and I trust them with all my vehicles. BMW, Hyundai, Jeep, Mazda. They're always on point. Prices are fair (Not cheap) but very reasonable and I always get service that is above and beyond. Will continue to use them. Not only my own personal vehicles, but I've also taken all my heavy-duty work trucks for service, new tires, suspension work, drive train, and all my basic preventative maintenance.