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Auto Brake Service & Repair

Auto Brake Service & Repair

Your brake system is responsible for maintaining the proper braking performance of your vehicle. Since we live in a desert, which is an extreme environment, it's even more crucial to keep this system properly maintained. If the brake fluid isn't taken care of, it can cause the brakes to feel soft or spongy and affect their performance. Inadequate servicing can lead to contaminants, including moisture, which can result in early brake component failure and costly repairs. That's why you need to reach out to your local Cobra Tire & Auto Service in Phoenix or Gilbert, AZ. We're here to help!

Here are some of the essential maintenance tasks we complete:

  • Remove contaminants, including moisture, from the brake hydraulic system, including the brake master cylinder, brake lines, calipers and wheel cylinders.

  • Remove the old brake fluid and replace it with new brake fluid.

  • Bleed off any residual air pockets that may be in the system.


Brake system problems typically arise when regular service is neglected. When fluids aren't properly changed, heat and moisture can cause the brake fluid to breakdown causing early failure of brake components. That's why it’s essential that you follow your manufactures recommend service interval. Turn to us to make sure that your brake system is maintained by the finest quality brake fluid, installed by our service professionals.

Antilock Brake Systems

Antilock Brake Systems (ABS) are an important safety feature that has become standard on most of today’s automobiles.  ABS consists of two sub-systems:

  1. All the parts of a conventional brake systems:  pad, shoes, and mechanical components and hydraulic system – consisting of the master cylinder, calipers, wheel cylinders, valves, lines and hoses.

  2. The ABS controller (computer), its associated sensors (inputs) actuators (outputs), wiring and connectors.


The computer receives input signals from the individual wheel sensors indicating the speed of each wheel.  It then compares the speed of each wheel with that of the others.  If the comparison indicates wheel lockup is occurring, the computer sends output commands to various valves and other actuators to or lower hydraulic pressure to the individual wheels to prevent a skid.


This action is repeated thousands of times per second to produce maximum stopping ability under any driving condition.  All of this activity goes unnoticed by the driver unless a component fault is detected by the computer and the brake or ABS warning lamp on the instrument panel lights.  


Maintenance Tips:

  • Check brake fluid level every 12,000 miles / 12 months (7,500 miles, severe service).

  • Check pad and shoe friction material every 12,000 miles / 12 months (7,500 miles, severe service).

  • Check drums and rotors every 12,000 miles / 12 months (7,500 miles, severe service).

  • Inspect lines, hoses, and other mechanical parts every 12,000 miles / 12 months (7,500 miles, severe service).

  • Inspect and lubricate parking brake cables every 12,000 miles / 12 months (7,500 miles, severe service).

  • Change brake fluid every 30,000 to 45,000 miles.

  • When doing a complete brake job, refinish rotors and drums, replace brake pads or shoes, inspect, clean and replace wheel bearings and replace grease seals.

  • With a second brake job, also replace calipers, wheel cylinders and brake hardware.

  • Always replace pads with the same type of friction material (organic or semi-metallic).

  • Replace brake drums or rotors if they are under minimum specifications.

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