Brake Service

Why Guess? Replace Your Brakes With Guess Motors

Looking for a mechanic to service your brakes? Why guess where to go when you can go to Guess Motors, Guess Ford in Carrollton?

Our Certified Service Technicians have the skills and expertise needed to service your brakes so that your car is always running at peak performance. They’ll help you find the right parts for your vehicle and repair or replace your brakes without any hassle.

Brakes showing signs of wear should be replaced for the sake of your safety. Have your brakes inspected for wear for free at Guess Motors, Guess Ford when you bring in our Free Brake Inspection coupon.

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Brake Service Tips

We’re happy to help you with any and all of your servicing needs. Whether it’s an inspection, replacement, or just helping you identify signs of brake wear. We’ll make sure your car’s brakes are safe and ready for the road.

Click the links below to learn more about your car’s brakes, when they should be replaced, and how much it may cost to replace them:

How do car brakes work?

Your vehicle’s brakes are made up of brake pads and rotors paired together within each wheel. When you press the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure is generated within the brake cylinder and sent out through the brake lines to the calipers and brake pads. The calipers then force the brake pads to clamp down on the rotors, bringing your car to a stop.

Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, you may have all disc rotors or your rear wheels will have drum rotors.

Disc rotors consist of an exposed rotor with caliper and attached brake pads to slow the wheels.

Drum rotors have brake shoes inside of them that when applied, press against the drum and slow the wheels. Most new vehicles are equipped with disc rotors to provide better grip and less slipping when braking from higher speeds.

For your safety and the performance of your car, it’s recommended you have your brakes checked at least once a year.

When should brakes be replaced?

There’s no expiration date for the life of your brakes. Brakes can last for as long as 30,000 miles or they can last up to 70,000 miles, it just depends on the quality of the parts and the cause of wear.

Common causes of worn out brakes include:

  • Rust or corrosion of calipers or pistons.
  • Your driving habits.
  • Grooved, pitted, burnt, or warped rotors.
  • Uneven brake pad wear.
  • Use of cheap brake pads.

Identifying worn out brake pads is not as hard as you might think. Brake pads that are in good condition will normally be thick and even, while worn out brake pads will be thin and have little padding. If you find uneven brake pad wear, you probably have uneven or warped rotors and will want to replace them immediately.

The surface of your rotors should be smooth and even on both sides. Worn out rotors are characterized by a grooved, pitted, burnt, or warped surface. If not replaced, worn rotors will wear out brake pads and rack up the costs of replacing your brakes.

Just like your car’s tires, your brakes will wear out and become a risk for potential accidents. You’ll want to inspect your brakes at least once a year. If you find you have worn out brake pads or warped rotors, or if your brakes show signs of wear, you’ll want to replace them as soon as possible.

Some other common warning signs of brake wear you should keep an eye on and ear out for include:

  • Vibrating brake pedal.
  • Car pulling to one side.
  • Brake pedal responsiveness.
  • Grinding, screeching, or clicking noises.
  • Grooved or warped rotors.
  • Thin brake pads.

How much does it cost to replace brakes?

Depending on where you buy them from, brake pads cost anywhere from $12-$100 and rotors cost anywhere from $30-$400. The difference is in the quality.

Inexpensive brake pads are made of cheap materials that wear out faster and can damage your rotors. Likewise, low-priced rotors wear sooner and can cause premature brake wear.

While they seem like a bargain at first, you’ll end up paying more to replace them sooner. Longer lasting brakes are brakes worth having. Save yourself the headache of replacing brakes sooner by choosing quality brake pads and rotors.