inspecting brakes on car
mechanic inspecting car brakes

A vehicle’s braking system is its single most important safety feature, and cannot be taken for granted. Worn or out-of-adjustment brake parts will increase stopping distances, thereby compromising safety. Whether you have anti-lock brakes or not, when you’re driving on a curving hillside in a picturesque Vancouver suburb or on wet, icy roads in the Coquitlam area, you have to trust that your brakes are up to the task! Your Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centre mechanic will visually inspect the brakes at your regular oil and filter change and let you know of the need for brake repairs. Additionally, you should be alert to signs such as the following:

  • You sense that the car is taking longer to come to a stop
  • Your car feels like it’s pulling to the left or right when you brake
  • You feel vibration in the steering wheel when you apply the brakes
  • You hear a high-pitched squeal (indicating worn brake calipers, drums or rotors)
  • You hear a grinding sound when you apply the brakes (indicating severe damage to brake pads or brake shoes)
  • You have to push your brake pedal to the floor when you brake (indicating a leak in the brake system or problems with the brake cylinder)

Bring your car in to one of our Minit-Tune Brake & Auto Centres where our Vancouver brake repair experts will diagnose and repair the problem!

Parts and Brake Repairs Vancouver-Area Drivers Trust

Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centre technicians are trained to inspect, diagnose and repair all types of braking systems. Whether it is a simple brake adjustment or diagnosing and repairing anti-lock braking systems, our professional technicians will pinpoint the problem, and fix it right.

We use brake parts that meet or exceed the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) specifications, and provide our customers with a limited lifetime* warranty on brake pads and shoes for as long as you own your vehicle.

We take safety in braking very seriously. This is why we offer brake inspections as a primary part of our oil change maintenance package. Roll into one of our 18 Vancouver, BC, and Alberta locations today to make sure your brakes are working optimally!


Any type of noise coming from the brake system indicates that your car needs attention. A grinding noise is a sign of completely worn out brake pads or shoes, resulting in metal to metal contact between brake rotors/brake drums and brake pad/brake shoe metal backing. This is unsafe as it results in loss of braking efficiency and physical damage to brake rotors and brake drums. A brake squeal could be a sign of brake pads being worn to minimum thickness. When brake pads are worn to minimum thickness, the brake warning tab rubs against the brake rotor resulting in a distinct high-pitched squealing sound. Our specialists will be able to diagnose the cause, and provide a cost-effective solution.

The frequency of brake fluid changes depends on the model of your car, and is usually specified in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. As an average, brake fluid should be changed every 2 years or 20,000 km. Brake fluid is very hydroscopic. Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture and becomes corrosive. Fresh and clean brake fluid is light amber in colour. As it degrades, it becomes darker in colour and, if left unchanged, it will internally corrode various brake components and eventually turn black in colour. If you’re concerned that your brake fluid may not be up to par, bring in your vehicle and we’ll be glad to take a look. We will measure the moisture content of the brake fluid and, if required, replace it with either DOT3 or DOT4 specification fluid, as required by the vehicle manufacturer. Your brake system is crucial to road safety, so don’t take any chances. Bring your car in, and we’ll make sure everything is functioning optimally.

Brake pads and rotors will eventually wear down with time and use. However, their specific lifespan depends on quite a few factors, such as quality of brake pads used, driving style, frequency with which you use your brakes, as well as the weight of your car/load.

You generally shouldn’t have to change your brakes with such little use; however, any time your brakes emit noise, it is an indication that some sort of attention is needed. It may be something as simple as servicing the brake pads or brake shoes, in order to remove built-up brake dust.

The shaking may be caused by a rotor issue. As for the pulling, this may indicate a problem with a variety of components, such as the brake hydraulics, steering or chassis, or may even be a mechanical issue. Your best bet is to bring your vehicle in for a check-up. Don’t risk putting yourself in danger, or causing any further damage. Our technicians will point you in the right direction.