We measure every part of your braking system & give you a printout of the report
Car Brake Specialists Repairer since 1989 & NRMA approved
Brake pad and rotor repair and replacement
- Your hear noises when applying the brakes
- Vibrations or shudders applying the brake pedal
- It is taking longer to stop than usual
- Wheels pulling to either side when braking
- Brake pedal feels abnormally hard
- Brake pedal sinks to the floor
The” Gil Auto Brakes Check” leaves nothing to chance. The check covers all components in the brake system including the rotors, pads, brake fluid, proportioning valve, calipers . Our comprehensive report shows even the brake pressures applied on each disc / rotor by the brake pads on each wheel. The "Tstop" brake and shock absorb-er hi-tech system allows Gil to do just this. the test is performed both as a diagnostic pre-repair and again after the work has been completed as the ultimate quality control test and we give you a printed copy of this final test.
MECHANICS OF VARIOUS BRAKE SYSTEMS
- We don’t just look,
- We don’t just guess,
- We measure!
Brake Specialist License number 22629
We have three different types of Brake drum / rotor lathes to re-surface your worn drum and rotors should your present rotors be worth reusing.
Why let any body other than a brake specialists work on a critical life preserving part of your car when there is a brake specialist in your area? Because of our bulk buying ability, specialist tools and expert knowledge we can give you a perfect job at highly competitive prices?
Brake pads worn? Brake rotors warped? Brake cylinders leaking? Brake pipes corroding? Brake master cylinder leaking?
As a brake specialist we normally fix your car on the same day
Phone 0293898224 or 0414308199 to book an appointment.
Your car's ability to stop quickly is crucial to accident prevention. Brake pads work in conjunction with the other parts of your car's braking system to ensure that your car stops when you need brake. Worn brake pads are a safety issue and need to be inspected regularly along with the rest of your car's brake system. Don't take any chances. When we put your car through our thorough brake testing and service, we'll put your mind at ease.
If the rotor has worn passed it's legally minimum thickness the caliper pistons can pop out of the calipers and you would have no brakes at all
Both the brake pads and rotors are wearing parts and need to be inspected, which we do at each service. The pads and rotors do not wear at the same rate.
Perfectly good rotors have been ruined by worn out brake pads by allowing the metal baking plates to destroy the rotors.
As the brake pads wear into the rotors they form a lip on the edge of the rotors.
These lips can be machined off providing that the rotor has not reached it's legally minimum thickness or is badly warped.
What happens when I push on the brake pedal?
The brake pedal is connected to a brake booster which amplifies the force you are applying to the pedal. This pressure is applied to the brake master cylinder which in turn applies brake fluid under pressure via the brake pipes and flexible hoses to the brake calipers / cylinders.The calipers force their pistons on to the brake pads which are brought into contact with the brake discs / rotors. The resistance created by the pressure of the brake pads on the brake discs/rotors stops the car.
Phone 0293898224 or 0414308199 to book an appointment
Now let us have a closer look at the individual parts
Both the brake pads and rotors are wearing parts and need to be inspected, which we do at each service. The pads and rotors do not wear at the same rate. Perfectly good rotors have been ruined by worn out brake pads by allowing the metal baking plates to destroy the rotors. As the brake pads wear into the rotors they form a lip on the edge of the rotors, these lips can be machined off providing that the rotor has not reached it's legally minimum thickness or is badly warped. If the rotor has worn passed it's legally minimum thickness the caliper pistons can pop out of the calipers and you would have no brakes at all
Phone 0293898224 or 0414308199 to book an appointment
What can go wrong with the calipers / cylinders?
The seals can develop leaks. Seals can harden and leak.Pistons can seize
Excessive moisture in fluid can corrode bodies and pistons
Slides can seize , broken dust boots can allow water to corrode sealing surfaces and hard contaminants to enter the sealing areas and cut the seals
What is special about Brake Fluid?
Brake fluid needs to have a very high boiling point.
Why is this so?
When the brake pads press on the brake rotors the friction creates high temperatures. This heat is transferred from the brake pads to the caliper pistons and from the pistons to the brake fluid. Brake fluids do absorb moisture from the air, when this happens the boiling temperature of the brake fluid is lowered. Liquids cannot be compressed but gas like air can. Should you have air in the braking system your brakes will not work properly.
If you have ever watched a kettle boil you will have noticed bubbles rising from the heating element. Air bubbles in the brake fluid compromise the safe operation of your brakes.
Different types of brake fluids have different boiling points, they cannot be mixed! Should the brake fluid reservoir level drop topping it up is not enough. The loss needs to be investigated. Brake fluid does not evaporate.The brake system needs to be inspected. You might have leak in the braking system which could be potentially dangerous.
What could happen to my car if I don't change the brake fluid?
By not changing the brake fluid in your car every two years you could be compromising the safety of your vehicle.
In today's vehicles, braking systems are hydraulic and rely on a polyglycol type fluid as the hydraulic medium. This performs a number of key functions in your braking system. No matter how good your brake fluid is when new, it will deteriorate over time. This is because brake fluids absorb moisture. The increased moisture content lowers the boiling point of the brake fluid. Have your brakes serviced by us on a regular basis to ensure the safety of you and your passengers and to avoid unnecessary, costly repairs
Brake pipes rust and flexible hoses crack. At each service we check the condition of these pipes
Phone 0293898224 or 0414308199 to book an appointment
If the brake warning light comes on STOP! driving and either call out your road assistance provider or call us have the car towed in.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
An anti-lock braking system (ABS) is a system on motor vehicles which prevents the wheels from locking while braking.
The purpose of this is to allow the driver to maintain steering control under heavy braking and, minimize braking distances (to compensate from the driver applying the brake fully to reduce or loss of control).
The picture above is probably the worst example of DYI that we have seen in a long long time. The car in for a service upon checking the brakes we determined with our very advance tester that one wheel was not braking at all. Working backwards up the line from the brake pads we found that one of the brake feed lines had been disconnected from the ABS modulator. Under emergency braking the car would have spun out of control. At 40 to 60 klms and gentle braking it would not have felt unreasonable. Our inline in ground lane brake tester immediately showed that under emergency braking there would have been a catastrophe. We are recognized as brake specialist both because of our years of sophisticated successful record and our investment the highest level of diagnostic equipment.
Should the brake light on your dashboard comes on you may have a serious drop in hydraulic pressure. Your brakes may be near total failure.
Sticking brakes, hot wheels or engine that seems to have lost power. Brakes may be failing to release; the condition can reverse itself, leaving you with no brakes at all.
"Touchy" brakes that grab with the least pressure. May indicate a problem as simple as grease or oil contaminated lining - or as serious as a loose or broken components ready to fail in an emergency.
Requires extreme pressure to make brake function. It can indicate power brake trouble, restricted hydraulic lines, frozen callipers or wheel cylinders, or damaged brake linings.
Pedal nearly touching the floorboard before brakes function. May activate your brake warning light. Problems may require a simple adjustment or indicate something much more serious.
Car pulls to one side when brakes are applied. May be an under inflated tire, incorrectly adjusted brakes or brakes are in need of repair. Brake fluid leak onto friction surfaces
Brakes should operate with a minimal amount of noise. Some noise is normal but excessive squeal, screech, grinding, groaning, chatter, clatter or bang means your brakes need attention.
Brake pedal, steering wheel or entire vehicle shakes, vibrates or pulsates when brake is applied. May indicate need to resurface disc brake rotors/drums - or signal a serious problem of a loose component or faulty steering/suspension mechanism.
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Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Bondi Beach, Vaucluse , Dover Heights , North Bondi to Bondi Junction
Head up Old South Head Road towards Bondi Junction.
At Edgecliff Road turn right, proceed down until Reddam School on your left and Holy Cross on your right.
We are the Yellow building on your right. Phone to book in 0293898224
Double Bay, Darling Point , Point Piper , Bellevue Hill , Woollahra to Bondi Junction
Head up Bathurst Street, Turn left at the round-about, through three sets of traffic lights.
We are the Yellow building on your left. Phone to book in 0293898224
Randwick, Coogee, Clovelly ,Waverley , Queens Park to Bondi Junction
Head up Newland Street through Bondi Junction pass under the express way until you meet with Edgecliff Road round-about.
Turn right, proceed through two round-abouts and three sets of traffic lights.
We are the Yellow building on your Left. Phone to book in 0293898224
Paddington , Kings Cross ,Darling Point Rushcutters Bay , Elizabeth Bay to Bondi Junction
With the city behind you proceed along Oxford Rd. until you reach the mall in Bondi Junction. Turn left into Grosvenor Rd. At the second traffic light turn right into Edgecliff Street.
Pass through two traffic lights,
We are the yellow building in your left . Phone to book in 02 9389-8224
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- - Dover Heights
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- - North Bondi
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- - Point Piper
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- - Tamarama
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