Brake Repair in Fredericksburg, VA

Brake Repair in Fredericksburg, Virginia

What types of brake systems does my car have?

Your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system, which allows you to steer as your brakes are engaged. In addition to this, most cars have two or three types of brake systems. If any of these brake systems are wearing out, it is crucial to bring your car into Potomac Creek Automotive for an inspection before their condition worsens. These brake systems are:

  • Disc Brakes

If you look through one of your car's wheels, you will see a shiny metal disc just inside. This is called a disc brake. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, a pad of hard-wearing material clamps onto the brake disc and rubs it to make it slow down—in a similar way to bicycle brakes.

  • Drum Brakes

Some cars have disc brakes on all four wheels, while others have disc brakes on their front wheels and drum brakes on their back wheels. Instead of the disc and brake block, drum brakes have shoes inside the hollow wheel hub that press outwards. As the shoes push into the wheel, friction slows you down.

  • Handbrake

Your vehicle's handbrake applies force to the disc and drum brakes in a slower, less forceful way via a lever that's located between your car's two front seats. When you pull on the brake, a system of levers tugs on a pair of sturdy cables that apply the brakes to the back wheels. The handbrake system is completely mechanical and does not use brake fluid like the disk and drum brakes, so it can be used as an emergency brake (with great care) when the other brake systems fail.

How do I know if I need to bring my vehicle in for a brake service or repair?

Taking care of your brakes is crucial to maintaining a safe driving experience for you and your passengers. It is a feature you use everyday, and even a slight change can indicate something is wrong. If your vehicle’s brakes are performing poorly and you are in Fredericksburg or Stafford, it is imperative that you bring your car in to Potomac Creek Automotive for an inspection. Some warning signs include:

  • The brake light on your dashboard turns and stays on.

If this happens, first make sure your handbrake is not engaged. If your brake light stays on, your vehicle is telling you it is time for an inspection and/or there is a problem with your brakes. 

  • Your car pulls to one side when braking. 

One brake system may be working more efficiently than the other, causing your vehicle to pull to one side when braking. 

  • Your brake pedal feels soft or spongy.

If you notice a difference in the resistance in the brake pedal — it feels “softer,” or sinks all the way to the floor mat when you press on it — it’s a sign you need immediate service. There could be air or moisture in the braking system or a problem with the master cylinder.

  • Your brakes are squeaking, grinding, or squealing.

If you hear a high-pitched noise when applying your brakes, it likely means that your brake pad has worn out. This could also cause a grinding sound; a grinding sound could also indicate a lack of lubrication in vehicles with rear drum brakes.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, do not hesitate to bring your vehicle to Potomac Creek Automotive in Fredericksburg today! We will make sure your shocks and struts work. We can also perform other services you may need, like scheduled maintenance, tune-ups, and engine repair, auto air conditioning repair, or state inspections.

Your Trusted Shop for Brake Repair

We recommend that you get your car’s brakes inspected once a year. If you are in Stafford County or surrounding areas, you can bring your car to Potomac Creek Automotive. Since 1996, we've used the highest-quality tools and parts to make the appropriate fixes to ensure you get back on the road quickly and safely. We will perform a complete brakes diagnostic to determine if the issue is coming from your Ford's brake pads, your Nissan's rotors, your Honda's fluid, your Jeep's master cylinder, or somewhere else. Here's why you should choose us:

  • We have a relaxing waiting room with free WiFi, drinks, and snacks. 
  • We offer financing through the Bosch program.
  • Most of our services come with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty.
  • We have an average star rating of 4.9 based on reviews from 79 customers and counting.

At Potomac Creek Automotive in Fredericksburg, we pride ourselves in providing thorough and transparent assessments of the vehicles we service, so don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle in for an inspection today. If you are in the 22405 area or nearby, you can give us a call at 540-361-6486 or schedule an appointment with us online at https://potomaccreekautomotive.com/?openapt! Potomac Creek Automotive - Stafford County's Top Auto Repair Shop.

(540) 390-1482

44 Potomac Creek Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Mon – Fri: 8am-6pm

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Our technicians use the latest technology to not only tell you if there are any issues with your vehicle, but show you.

If we uncover an issue the photo will be e-mailed to you for your records. At the end of every visit you will receive a detailed report regarding the general health of your vehicle. Our #1 goal is to keep you safe on the road.

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