BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR
A vehicle's brakes are one of its most important safety features, and we want to make sure that Andersen's Foreign Car Service, LTD customers stay safe. Whether your brake pads are signaling they need replacement, your brake light is on, or you're not comfortable with how quickly your vehicle is slowing down, call us at 303-278-8766 or visit us in Golden and we'll give you a prompt diagnosis of your braking system's safety and reliability.
Anti-Lock Brake System
The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) ensures your wheels keep rotating during braking, preventing skidding and providing better control. If your ABS light illuminates, visit Andersen's Foreign Car Service, LTD for a diagnosis and professional repair.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid can absorb moisture from the air over time, diminishing brake effectiveness and becoming corrosive, potentially harming the system. Regular brake fluid flushes are vital to ensure fresh fluid usage in your vehicle. Consult our technicians at Andersen's Foreign Car Service, LTD to determine the right time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose carries pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A damaged hose can lead to delayed or weak braking, and a leak may result in brake failure. While the need for a replacement brake hose isn't common, any signs of cracking or wear should prompt immediate replacement.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Squealing brakes often indicate brake pad issues. When brake pads deteriorate completely, a harsh metal-on-metal grinding noise occurs during braking, indicating potential rotor or drum damage. Although experienced individuals may attempt home repairs, if you have brake concerns, it's best to consult an auto repair professional promptly.
The brake caliper houses brake pads and clamps around the rotor to apply pressure during braking. Caliper problems can cause uneven braking, leading to skidding during braking and loss of control in adverse weather conditions. Contact Andersen's Foreign Car Service, LTD in Golden at your earliest convenience for assistance.
In a disc brake system, rotors attach to your vehicle's wheels. The friction with brake pads over time creates grooves and cracks. The process of resurfacing restores rotors to a "like-new" condition, reducing noise and wobbling. At Andersen's Foreign Car Service, LTD, we inspect your rotors thoroughly and recommend the best course of action.
FAQs About Brakes
Why is my dashboard brake light on?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 Andersen's Foreign Car Service, LTD and let us help you diagnose this issue quickly.
What percent of brake pad life is 3mm?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.
Why are my brakes making a grinding noise?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.
Why are my brakes squeaking?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.
Why are my brakes vibrating?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 Andersen's Foreign Car Service, LTD to get the face of your car's brake rotors resurfaced to fix the problem.
How do I know if my car is leaking brake fluid?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.
Why are my brakes making a burning smell?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.
Why is my car pulling to one side when I am braking?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.
What are the 3 types of brake pads?There are three main types of brake pads in use today: non-asbestos organic, ceramic and semi-metallic. Come by Andersen's Foreign Car Service, LTD or consult your car's owner's manual to determine which type is best for your vehicle.
What are the 3 signs that brake pads are worn?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.
What is the 30-30-30 rule for brakes?Brake specialists advise initiating new brake pads by using a 30-30-30 method: Perform 30 gradual stops from 30 mph, allowing 30 seconds between each stop for the brakes to cool. This process protects against excessive heat buildup until the resins in the pads have completely cured.
Andersen's has been servicing our Volvos for at least 6 years. Always courteous, helpful, trustworthy and reliable, cost is fair. Most recently Firestone in Evergreen lost my tire locks/key (went to Firestone in a pinch, mistake, Firestone lost my tire key while installing snow tires) but the bottom line is that Andersen's worked kindly, patiently, helpfully to resolve this ( they couldn't complete my brake work, due to Firestone error, until I had a new set from dealer). Had a loaner from Andersen's even. They made a lot of phone calls on my behalf to assist. Prior to the brake appointment they reviewed the brakes at last minute to ensure I was safe to drive as I had dashboard notification right before Christmas). Andersen's is a "true gem" business whose focus is on customer safety, experience and value. And the front office is kind and helpful too!Brenda Meyers
I went in there to try to repair the squealing front brakes of my Porsche Macan. The mechanic, Jim, explained to me how my new brake pads were not compatible with my old rotors and in all likelihood the really loud and annoying squealing would continue with little improvement. He suggested that I try power washing the brakes and burnishing them by performing repeated high speed runs with high speed stops. I had done this before, and had spoken with other repairmen, to no avail. I asked what the the correct solution would be and he suggested a fresh set of rotors and pads which would mate with each other and not cause any squealing. The owner, Kurt, was able to fit me in the next day and I had new akebono pads and rotors put on the car for a very reasonable price. I was very pleased with their service, their understanding, and their knowledge. I would recommend anyone who is in need of foreign car service to check them out.Willworth Oberg
We were stuck, brakes leaking while traveling through to Colorado, Jim fit us in, repaired the leaking cylinder and got us in our way in under 2 hours! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Plus, he knew how to drive a Prius! I certainly don't!!Ernie Stires
This place is great, I've been using them for several years. I've taken my VW here for regular maintenance, and I also get diesel emissions testing done here for my truck. Every time I've had a great experience - absolutely zero complaints!
Colin Downs, 01/30/2024
This was our first time here and they did a great job. Gave us a fair price and quickly made the repairs. We will return if we need anything further and would recommend them to friends and family in the future.
Family Ganz, 01/29/2024
Andersen's has been servicing our Volvos for at least 6 years. Always courteous, helpful, trustworthy and reliable, cost is fair. Most recently Firestone in Evergreen lost my tire locks/key (went to Firestone in a pinch, mistake, Firestone lost my tire key while installing snow tires) but the bottom line is that Andersen's worked kindly, patiently, helpfully to resolve this ( they couldn't complete my brake work, due to Firestone error, until I had a new set from dealer). Had a loaner from Andersen's even. They made a lot of phone calls on my behalf to assist. Prior to the brake appointment they reviewed the brakes at last minute to ensure I was safe to drive as I had dashboard notification right before Christmas). Andersen's is a "true gem" business whose focus is on customer safety, experience and value. And the front office is kind and helpful too!
Brenda Meyers, 01/10/2024