At VanGelder's Automotive Inc., we want our Retsof 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 585-243-0470, and we will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services VanGelder's Automotive Inc. offers.
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.
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. VanGelder's Automotive Inc. will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.
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 VanGelder's Automotive Inc. as soon as possible.
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 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 VanGelder's Automotive Inc. about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.
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 VanGelder's Automotive Inc. where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
What People Say About Us
Prompt courteous service and very good value!!! A+
I have been doing business with the Van Gelders for way over twenty years. I trust their advice and more importantly their work.
Been friends for years. Always tries to fits us in if we are having a problem. They do great work in a timely manner.
Have been doing business with them for years. Wouldn't go anywhere else! Top notch work, they go out of their way to accommodate you
JR and the team are great! We take all of our cars here for big and small problems.
This is the type of auto service a person is looking for. Honest, professional, fair prices, and JR, Chris and Mike make you feel like a member of the family, people you can trust. I drive 38 miles for service because I TRUST these people. Glad they were there when I was looking for a new garage. Thank you VanGelder's "gang".
Vangelder's is a top notch automotive business. They're always there to help out, especially in
emergency situations. Mike and Chris are friendly and run a first rate operation.
Performed the work quickly and saved me some money also.