At Stop and Ride, we want our Jefferson customers to have the opportunity to feel comfortable in their vehicle. You can leave the repairs and services to our professionals, but please don't hesitate to ask us questions about why a service is needed or how it occurred. Give us a call at 706-367-4182, and we will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services Stop and Ride offers.
Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don't stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit Stop and Ride where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to our technicians at Stop and Ride about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don't need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you'll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it's too late and you're ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact Stop and Ride as soon as possible.
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a "like-new" condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. Stop and Ride will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.
Stop and Ride was recommended to me by Randy Massey of Neighborhood Paint and Body in Jefferson after my car started acting up. The staff were friendly and professional. I had shown up and decided to wait while they diagnosed the problem. They initially said it would be about 45 minutes, but after about 30 minutes, one of the staff (sorry, I didn't get his name!) told me that it was going to be longer. They even offered to drive me home. About 2 hours later they called me and told me what was wrong, gave me an estimate and told me they'd be done in about an hour. Exactly an hour and six minutes later I arrived to find my car running perfectly.. And the quote they gave me over the phone was exactly what they had charged. I will definitely be a return customer. I've been looking for a good, reliable auto mechanic ever since I moved to Jackson County, and it's a relief to know I've found one. Thank you, Stop and Go!