From the brake pedal to hydraulic brake fluid, brake master cylinder to power brake booster, drum brakes to disc brakes and electronic anti-lock brake sensors, Funk Brothers technicians know every part of your brake system inside and out and can perform brake repair on any make and model.
Since 1925, We have been the go-to brake service and repair center for Hollywood.
BRAKE WARNING SIGNS; You know you need brake repair when:
The brake dashboard light glows amber, indicating problems with the anti-lock brake system (ABS)
The brake dashboard light is red, indicating a system imbalance
The brake pedal is spongy or slow to respond
You hear grinding or squealing during braking
Any time you notice these or other symptoms, it’s a good idea to have your brakes checked. At Funk Brothers Auto, if our inspection reveals you do need brake repair service, we will explain exactly what's required, what’s optional and provide you with a written estimate before any work is done.
Brake systems what it is and FAQ
Your vehicle’s brake system has one job – to stop your vehicle. But it takes several key components to deliver that singular end result. To bring a vehicle to a halt, three things are necessary: leverage, hydraulic force and friction. Leverage is supplied by the driver’s leg pressure and the brake pedal. The pedal is connected by levers and rods to the back of the power booster. The power booster uses either engine vacuum or a hydraulic pump to multiply and transfer the force of that leverage to the master cylinder. The master cylinder is the heart of your vehicle’s brake hydraulic system. It uses applied leverage to force a reservoir full of brake fluid through valves, steel lines and rubber hoses into hydraulic calipers and wheel cylinders. That hydraulic pressure is then used to help create friction.
For example, disc brakes use a hydraulic caliper fitted with brake pads to grab a spinning disc (or rotor). Drum brakes, on the other hand, have a hydraulic wheel cylinder that pushes a brake shoe against the inside of a spinning drum. Either design involves highly engineered parts and precise movement. The more force a driver applies to the brake pedal, the greater the stopping force that is applied at the wheels.
In addition to this primary braking system, most of today’s vehicles utilize an electronic Anti-lock Brake System. Using electronic sensors and high pressure pumps, under certain conditions, your ABS system can measure vehicle speed, wheel slip and brake force. Then it actually pumps the brakes for you during an emergency stop.
That’s why it’s essential to be proactive about testing overall brake components. And to know whether a brake component needs simply to be serviced or totally replaced.
Q: What causes brake noise?
Brake squeals are caused by the brake pads vibrating, spring clips losing tension or poor brake pad fit on the caliper. If you hear a grinding noise when you brake, you’re likely hearing the metal backing of your brake pad contacting your rotor because the brake pad material has completely worn away.
Q: I hear a grinding noise when I step on the brakes. Should I be concerned?
Whether it’s a squeal or a grind, brake noise means the brake system needs some attention. Bring your vehicle to Funk Brothers Auto and it would be our pleasure to make sure everything is the way it should be.
Q: My brake pedal feels spongy. Why?
If you have to press the brake pedal farther or harder than usual to stop, there could be a hydraulic or mechanical brake problem. Bring your car in for a check as soon as you can.
Q: How often should I change my brake fluid?
The most accurate answer is as often as your owner’s manual suggests. Some manufacturers recommend new brake fluid as often as every two years. You also need to change your brake fluid if it contains too much copper. Copper is measured in parts per million, and the industry-accepted limit is 200 ppm. Any more than that and the fluid no longer meets design specifications and should be replaced. We check to make sure your brake fluid is in good shape during our Courtesy Check. There is no charge, but it does take a bit more time.
Q: The car pulls to the right or left when I step on the brakes. Why?
You may have a hydraulic brake problem, a mechanical problem, or a steering or chassis issue. A thorough inspection will tell us for sure. for example, if one side of the braking system of your car is not applying equal pressure that could be a cause. If there is extra movement because of worn suspension or steering components, that also could be a reason. Sometimes it's both depending on how well a car has been maintained and/or driven.
Q: Do I have to change my brake fluid?
You don’t have to change your brake fluid, but consider this: When the brake fluid shows signs of high levels of copper content or moisture, the additives in the brake fluid are breaking down. This increases acid levels, and causes erosion of parts and possible damage to Anti-Lock Brake System components. Today’s anti-lock brake systems are expensive – some parts cost thousands of dollars, not including labor. Changing your brake fluid protects this investment.
Q: My car shakes when I hit the brakes. What's going on?
It’s possibly a sign that your rotors need attention, but we’ll know for sure once we take a look.
Q: I only have 10,000 miles on my car and my brakes are squeaking. Do I need new brakes already?
Probably not, but whether it’s a squeal or a grind, brake noise means the brake system needs some attention. Bring your vehicle to any of our stores, and we’ll be happy to take a look.
Q: How long do brake pads and rotors last?
All brake pads and rotors wear down. The rate at which this happens depends on your driving style. Cars that drive in town with lots of stop-and-go's will consume brake friction material much faster than cars that drive primarily on highways. Vehicle loads are the other factor. The heavier your car is, the more braking power it requires to stop.
What are brake pads?
Brake pads are the parts that contact your rotors and cause friction in order to stop your car.
What is a rotor?
The rotor is directly connected to each tire. To stop your car, the rotor must stop spinning. It stops spinning by friction created by the brake pad.
What is a caliper?
The caliper applies pressure and activates brake pads so the pads create contact with the rotors. The caliper requires brake fluid in order to function properly.
What is a brake hose?
When you press down on your brake pedal, brake fluid travels through the brake hose to each caliper, which puts the brake pads into action.
What exactly is brake fluid?
Brake fluid is a crucial element needed to make your brakes operate successfully. When pressure is generated in the brake fluid lines, energy is distributed to your brake parts so they can perform their main job — stopping your car. If you have a brake fluid leak, your car could take longer to stop or, worse, won’t stop at all. If your vehicle has no brake fluid, you’re brakes won’t even operate.
still have questions?
Stop by and talk with a Brake technician. Or, contact us by phone or email. We’d love to hear from you!
Recommendations and estimations provided by Funk Brothers Automotive inc. are based on assumptions and limited information provided by the customer and/or having
possession of customer vehicle for a limited time and might not be completely accurate or complete. Multiple visits and repairs might be required. It’s always safest to tow the
vehicle in if not sure if the vehicle is safe to drive and to prevent further damage.