Bigfoot Versus The Cheap Brake Job

By now most of us have heard of the legend of Bigfoot or at least seen the messing with Sasquatch commercials. A tall, hairy, human looking beast hiding in a forest near you. This mythological creature has been in a way well documented (created) for decades. But somehow Sasquatch has been able to elude Zookeepers throughout time to the point that some question his existence.

Bigfoot holding brake job sign

By now I hope you are wondering “what does this have to do with brake jobs?” I would venture to guess, those of you who have sought after the mythological cheap brake job already get the correlation. The cheap brake job does not exist. If for some reason you are driving thru the forest and you come across what appears to be a cheap brake job, I would suggest you do the same thing as if you see Sasquatch. Run like hell and get out of there! At best it could be a bait a switch. More likely you are going to find that sub-par parts were install in a less than professional manor. Let’s face it, are brakes the one place you want to cut corners? I strongly believe this is the last place to corners. Your safety and the others on the road next to you are too important to risk that.

So what does a quality brake job look like, and what are some questions to ask when getting a brake job? Here is how I would expect a brake job on my wife’s vehicle to look like.

  1. What kind of parts are being used?
  2. Are they a trusted brand?
  3. Are the brake pads full ceramic, or just ceramic laced? Full ceramic pads to handle high brake temperatures with less heat fade, provide faster recovery after the stop, and generate less dust and wear on both the pads and rotors.
  4. Are the brake rotors a good heavy, well cooled rotors so that they can disperse heat and provide safe braking even when hot?
  5. Will you be servicing the brake calipers and hardware? The calipers and the hardware need to be removed, cleaned and lubed on every brake service. This will prevent noise and brakes sticking causing premature wear.
  6. Who is installing the brakes? Are they ASE certified?
  7. Will they be hand torqueing not only the wheels, but also all the brake hardware to factory specification or will they be using torque sticks? Hand torqueing is the only accurate way to ensure proper torque. Torque stick are extremely inaccurate and can damage brand new parts.
  8. What the warranty? Now remember, warranty is not synonymous with quality so the above questions need to come first. We also believe go big or go home, that’s why we have a 3year/36,000 mile warranty on all services we offer.

Written by Dan Garlock

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