Brakes

Regular maintenance and inspections are essential for good, safe brakes.

Dirt, heat, moisture, and wear and tear are the cause of most brake problems. One of our technicians will inspect your entire brake system. Then, we’ll show you what your brake problem is before correcting it with our quality parts and service.

Signs that your vehicle may need new brakes:

  • They vibrate.
  • They pulsate.
  • They grab.
  • They screech.
  • They respond unevenly to pressure.

Your vehicle has a complex system of brake parts working in harmony together to give you all the stopping power you need. When you press the brake pedal, pressurized fluid activates the braking system.



With disc brakes the brake fluid pressure forces the brake pads against the rotor to slow and stop the wheels. Drum brakes operate on the same basic principle. As the brake fluid pressure builds, it causes the brake shoes to press against the brake drum to slow and stop the wheels.

For your safety, we strongly recommend that your brakes be inspected periodically. This preventative maintenance can save you both time and money.

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Ask The Man Brakes FAQS

  • Toggle Question How long should my brake and rotor pads last?How long should my brake and rotor pads last?

    They will wear down, but how quickly will depend on your driving style. If you are constantly stopping and going, the brakes will wear a lot quicker than someone who does mostly highway driving (and we don’t mean on the parking lot on the way to Toronto!). Another factor is the weight of the car – heavier cars need more power to stop than lighter ones.

  • Toggle Question I haven't put that many kilometres on my car since I last had my brakes done, and now they're squeaking! What's up?I haven't put that many kilometres on my car since I last had my brakes done, and now they're squeaking! What's up?

    It’s impossible for us to diagnose without seeing it in this case, bring it in and we’ll let you know.

  • Toggle Question Why is my car shaking when I brake?Why is my car shaking when I brake?

    There may be something wrong with your rotors, but we’d have to see it to find out for sure.

  • Toggle Question Do I have to change my brake fluid?Do I have to change my brake fluid?

    You don’t have to necessarily, but if there is a lot of copper in the fluid, this means that the additives in the brake fluid are breaking down and this can eventually cause damage to the Anti-Lock Brake System and you’d be looking at paying substantially more to fix this than to just change the fluid.

  • Toggle Question Why is my car pulling to the left or to the right when I brake?Why is my car pulling to the left or to the right when I brake?

    You may have a problem with your hydraulic brakes, a mechanical problem, or a steering or chassis issue. We’d have to see it to find out for sure.

  • Toggle Question How often does my brake fluid need to be changed?How often does my brake fluid need to be changed?

    Always check your owner’s manual – some car manufacturers recommend as often as two years.

  • Toggle Question Why do I have to press my brake pad harder than usual?Why do I have to press my brake pad harder than usual?

    There could be a hydraulic or mechanical brake issue, you should bring your car in for service as soon as possible.

  • Toggle Question Why am I hearing a grinding noise when I step on the brakes?Why am I hearing a grinding noise when I step on the brakes?

    It’s likely the metal backing of a brake pad contacting the rotor because the brake pad material has been worn away. Anytime your brakes are consistently making noise, you should bring your vehicle in for service.

  • Toggle Question What causes brakes to make noise?What causes brakes to make noise?

    Brake pads vibrating, spring clips losing tension, or the brake pads not fitting properly on the caliper.

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