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Brake Team - New Portland Owners, the Brake Brothers!

-Brake Team has new owners! The two Brake Brothers, Pat and Phil, who have won awards for their fantastic prices and work, now own the Brake Team locations. The Brake Brothers have been voted Best Brake Shop, Best Retailer, and have been acknowledged by JD Power and Assoc.

Brake Team offers a brake inspection at no charge. Because of the amount of brake repair that we do at Brake Team, we are able to offer great value when it comes to replacing your brake pads.

Our $88.00 price includes:

  • Premium Brake Pads
  • Labor to Install Pads
  • Refinishing the Rotors
  • Bleeding the System
  • Repacking the bearings

Worn brake pads can adversely impact your ability to bring your car to a halt in an emergency situation when adequately working brakes are a must to help stop your car promptly. There are some signs of pending brake problems; do you know what they are? Awareness of a problem is the key to avoiding potential harmful consequences; let's examine some well-known warning signs.

Signs of pending brake trouble include the following:

Squealing brakes
Pulling of the car from one side to the other
Wheel grabs
Brake pedal pumping
Sudden and hard brake pedal
Spongy brake pedals
Grinding of the brakes

While some of these problems may necessitate you replacing other brake system components, an inspection of the brake pads usually reveals that they are worn and are in need of immediate replacement.

We give you a complete diagnosis of your brake system and have a low price guarantee! Call and schedule an appointment!

Experienced Brake Failure?

One of the things that everyone tries to avoid while traveling in a car is an accident. One common cause for car accidents is brake failure. With the population ever climbing there are more cars than ever on the road, which means there is a higher likelihood of someone's brakes giving out. Although it is called brake failure, it is uncommon for the brakes to entirely give out so much that you are unable to stop the car at all, but in many cases brake failure leads to car accidents.

There are primary reasons why car brakes stop working. The most common reason is that there is a leak in the brake line, master cylinder, or wheel cylinders. All of these things can cause the brake fluid to run out of the automobile. The brake fluid escapes the car when the driver presses down on the brake pedal. When the driver brakes they are actually pushing a plunger into the master cylinder, which in turn pushes brake fluid through tubes and hoses to brake all of the moving units in the car. When there is a leak or hole in the brake line, fluid escapes and with no brake fluid it is impossible to stop the car. It is very unlikely that all of the brake fluid will escape before you realize that something is going on. Regularly having your vehicle inspected at Brake Team prevents these leaks from becoming so bad that you could lose all the fluid. At Brake Team we can also change your oil for less than many other shops and we recommend having your brakes checked during each oil change.

There are many misconceptions about what you are supposed to do when your brakes fail. We at Brake Team would like to provide some tips to help you. The first and most important thing that a driver can do when the brakes fail is to remain calm, many people tense up when they are nervous and make drastic moves that can often lead to accidents. The second thing you should do is assess the traffic around you, take a quick look around and see where other vehicles, trees, hills, or pedestrians may be. After sizing up the situation look for a place where you can steer your car to safety. The next and one of the most important things you can do is build up the brake pressure within your car. You can do this by pumping the brake pedal fast and hard, in many cases it has been found that if pumping your brakes doesn’t work, the emergency brake or parking break can be used to safely stop the car.  

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