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If you need brake maintenance or repair, A & E Auto Repair can take care of your needs quickly and affordably. Call us at 941-627-3111 or visit us in Port Charlotte and we'll inspect your vehicle, provide cost-effective recommendations and get your vehicle up and running smoothly. Your brakes are a vital safety feature, so if you're unsure of their integrity, please get in touch with us right away!

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 A & E Auto Repair where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.

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 A & E Auto Repair about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.

Brake Hoses
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 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.

Caliper Replacement
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 A & E Auto Repair as soon as possible.

Brakes Questions and Answers

Q: Why are my brakes making a grinding noise?
A: Grinding noises usually indicate that your car's brake system is overdue for maintenance. The grinding sound is usually caused by the brake pad being completely worn away or the brake shoe scraping on metal contact points.

Q: Why are my brakes squeaking?
A: Noises coming from your brakes do not usually indicate a high-cost auto repair. It could be a foreign object such as a small stone or road debris. It could also be a signal that your brake-pads are wearing out and need replacing. As brake pads wear bits of metal in your brake pad come in contact with the rotor to create a squeaking noise when you apply the brakes.

Q: Why are my brakes making a burning smell?
A: Overheated brakes cause a noticeable burning chemical smell. Pull over to a safe place and allow the brakes to cool. Ensure you did not accidentally leave the parking brake on. If there's any smoke coming from a wheel, it may be that the brake caliper is malfunctioning and locked in place. In this case, it may be unsafe to continue driving.

Q: Why are my brakes vibrating?
A: If your car shakes or vibrates or wobbles when you apply the brakes, it indicates that the thickness of your rotor is uneven. Brake rotors are large, perfectly round, smooth metal discs that sit inside of the wheels. When the disc has become misshapen or unevenly worn it will vibrate or wobble when you hit the brakes. Left uneven, the material will continue to build on the uneven spots, making the problem worse over time. Come to A & E Auto Repair to get the face of your car's brake rotors resurfaced to fix the problem.

Q: How do I know if my car is leaking brake fluid?
A: If your car does not stop as quickly as you expect you may be leaking brake fluid. This is a serious problem. An important part of the braking process involves brake fluid, which is used to create hydraulic pressure against the brake caliper. If your vehicle is leaking brake fluid, you won't be able to stop safely. We recommend taking your vehicle to an auto repair shop as quickly as possible if it is leaking brake fluid.

Q: Why is my dashboard brake light on?
A: If the brake light indicator appears on your dashboard, it's either time for regular brake maintenance or an alert to a potential problem. Stop by A & E Auto Repair and let us help you diagnose this issue quickly.

Q: What are the 3 signs that brake pads are worn?
A: The three most common sounds that indicate you need to replace your brake pads are squeaking, grinding or the dashboard brake indicator light coming on.

Q: What percent of brake pad life is 3mm?
A: When you purchase a new brake pad, it has a standard thickness of around 8 to 12 mm or about a half inch. Over time, your car's brake pad will wear away. A brake pad at 3 mm or around one tenth of an inch will take around 40,000 miles of driving to completely wear out. Don't wait until then to replace your brake pads. Once your brake pads reach 3 mm it is recommended that you schedule an appointment to get them replaced soon.

Q: What are the 3 types of brake pads?
A: There are three main types of brake pads in use today: non-asbestos organic, ceramic and semi-metallic. Come by A & E Auto Repair or consult your car's owner's manual to determine which type is best for your vehicle.

Q: Why is my car pulling to one side when I am braking?
A: If your car is pulling to one side when braking it may be a bad brake hose or a caliper issue causing one brake to engage while the other is not. This causes a pull on the side where the brake is working properly.

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it's A&E Auto Repair, from now on. Love these guys. A&E is now our Go-To, for all automotive needs! A+++ service!!! Awesome, Professional- Tremendous help w/ our 1965 Plymouth Valiant's antique brake system! Knowledgeable. we called them out of the blue (daughter referred. They're a Christian outfit) Took us right in. Perfect job COMPLETED! Great people! Marco, Darlene & ENTIRE staff. Super nice, extremely courteous/polite. Excellent attitudes/customer service. Made us feel CONFIDENT in our choice. (which the '65 is our baby! ;)~ Reasonably priced & Great care was taken w/the vehicle and us. (young customers waiting there: R&J spoke highly of... they showed us scrap album on break lounge coffee table FULL of Thank-You cards expressing MUCH Appreciation. Completely satisfied w/ the completed work. We own vintage vehicles, and w spouse's health, WILL be going to them in the future. Know Now, we are in Good hands. A&E repaired this daily-driver/car in 1 day. We were kept up to speed with advanced text messaging about the auto's health inspection info along with detailed photos. (& provided proactive Purchase Advice, due to car's old-age) Couldn't be happier. Highly recommend! Quality work, ASE-Certified technicians, Clean shop/offices, Amenities (complimentary coffee, candy, tv, magazines, comfortable/clean lounge/break room) Don't hesitate to take your vehicle to A&E! Would be HARD to find someone more Excellent than A&E! If looking for a Great experience, it's obviously A&E. (AND IF You are of the Faith: I would support A&E Auto) Feel our old car is in most capable of hands, with Complete peace of mind. Highly recommend! EXCELLENT job! Englewood, FL

reviewiconBrakes, near Port Charlotte, Florida

My brakes didn't feel right one night driving home. So I planned to have towed the next day to play it safe. However, while using my deceased husband's car, I was unable to get my car towed because his car overheated! Now I have TWO unusable cars that needed towing! I had both taken to A&E Auto Repair. As a woman, I've had my share of getting taken advantage of at repair shops. Well, those days are over ladies! This is the place to go! Thank you Marco and staff. You are so honest and I like your clean lobby, waiting room and shop. May God continue to bless your business!

reviewiconBrakes, near Port Charlotte, Florida

I needed Brake maintenance for my Nissan Altima and A and E Auto Repair scheduled my car for service in a timely manner, got the work done promptly and did a FANTASTIC job! They also did an Oil Change and Filter change that same day and driving my car home, I felt as if I was driving a new car. Everyone at A and E Auto is kind, knowledgeable, helpful and welcoming. Their Service prices are also GREAT! They've earned themselves a return and loyal customer of me!!

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