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Inspect your brakes

The braking system on your car is one of the most important safety features on your vehicle and needs to be closely monitored. Properly maintaining your brakes will help keep your vehicle handling safely and can help prevent unexpected and escalating repair expense. It is important to realize that Hawaii’s driving, conditions are extremely hard on brakes. The traffic, hills, humidity, and the way you drive, all play a role on how long your brakes will last.

Have your brakes checked each time you rotate your tires, It is recommended that you do this in 6-8000 mile intervals. The tires will be off the vehicle so it’s the perfect time to check for brake wear. Doing so will keep you aware of the condition of your brakes and allow you to work any upcoming, brake repairs into your budget. It can also prevent worn brakes from going “metal-to-metal” which would likely add additional cost when it comes time to perform the brake repairs.

As well as inspecting your brakes linings, it’s important to check your brake fluid. Brake fluid contains lubricants and corrosion inhibitors. When brake fluid becomes contaminated the brake fluid boiling point is reduced making the fluid less effective in handling the heat generated while braking. When the brake fluid reaches its boiling point it can cause a sudden loss of hydraulic pressure when the brakes are applied. This will give you a low or spongy brake pedal. As brake fluid ages it can accumulate moisture and loose its effectiveness to lubricate and prevent corrosion, which could eventually lead to premature failure of brake parts. This is especially true with vehicles equipped with anti-lock brakes. It is recommended by Ray Bestos, for most vehicles, that you flush out your brake fluid every 2 years or every 24,000 miles.

It is important to know the warning signs of possible brake problems. One of the most common problems with brakes are noises like grinding or squeaky. Although your brake noises may be normal it may actually be an indication of a problem. Most vehicles have brake pads that are equipped with wear indicators built onto it. When the brake pads reaches its minimum thickness the wear indicators comes into contact with the rotors creating a high pitch scraping noise alerting he driver that it is time to have the brake pads replaced. A soft or fading pedal is another clear sign of serious brake problems. When the pedal fades, your vehicle should not be driven.Among many possbilities you may have a brake fluid leak or a bad master cylinder. See a brake specialist immediately. It’s recommended to always tow a vehicle with suspect brakes.

Brake pulsation or vibrition is becoming, a common problem. With Hawaii’s warm climate, our heavy “stop and go” traffic, and mixing in our hills and mountains; brakc systems in Hawaii’s stressful driving conditions generate a tremendous amount of heat. When the brake rotor (the round disk that spins with your wheel that is squeezed against with the brake pads while the brake pedal is applied) is exposed to excessive heat it can warp, generating a pulsation or vibration whenever the brakes are applied. Once a rotor has warped, as a result of wear or stressful driving condition, it is frequently a wise choice to replace the rotor versus resurfacing and reusing the rotor. Resurfacing a rotor that is not worn out will usually solve the pulsation problem, but if the driving conditions remain the same, the rotor will commonly warp back out and the pulsation will return. When you resurface the rotor, you make it thinner which decreases the rotors ability to handle heat.

The brake warning lights should never be ignored. The red brake light may be an indication of low brake fluid, a loss of hydraulic pressure, or that the parking brake is applied. If the light should come on, make sure that the parking brake is released, then check the brake fluid. Low brake fluid may be an indication of a leak. The amber ABS light generally means that the vehicles computer detected a problem with the ABS system and is shutting it down. In most cases your normal brake function is still the same but the antilock feature has been disabled. Remember, when ever the red brake light comes on, you may have a serious problem and the vehicle may not be safe to drive.

When it is time to repair your brakes, keep in mind you usually have options for your repairs. You should always do a thorough brake job. Cheap brake jobs can lead to future brake failure, safety issues, and pure headaches leading to additional cost. You can perform “brake relines” or “brake overhauls”. There is an appropriate time for each option. In some cases a brake overhaul will be recommended as a PM (preventative maintenance) option, which means the overhaul is recommended to greatly reduce the potential for future brake problems. Overhauls return your braking, system very close to the effectiveness of the brakes you had when your vehicle was new. The overhaul will cost more but, in most cases, your brakes will last much longer and you’ll have the peace of mind of a longer warranty with a much lower chance of complications. When doing a brake reline, you could be reusing parts that are very close to failing but have no warning signs at that time.

Always make sure your repair shop gives you your options so you can make the best choice for yourself. It is always a good idea to have your technician show you your brakes and have them give a quick “show and tell” so you can clearly understand what’s being recommended.

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4.6 STAR AVERAGEVIEW REVIEWS
This was my first visit with Lex Brodie Kaneohe branch and I’m sold as a forever customer. The manger Gerard and his staff treated me like Ohana. I highly recommend Lex Brodie Kaneohe branch if anyone needs tire and/or brake service. They are the best. Mahalo🤙🏽🙏🏽
Ken Y.
5
Google Review: Excellent service, sincere employees whose main goal is to make clients happy, fix their their car concern and eases their worries. This is how I feel each time I bring my car to their Waipahu location. Less talk, more work, and fair cost! Much aloha and mahalo, Waipahu Crew!!
6/12/2023
Elizabeth P.
5
First time at lex Brodie’s it was excellent service and the girls at the front were really helpful.
Ronald & Sally H.
5
Yelp Review: I needed to change all 4 of my tires. I usually go to Costco because its less expensive. BUT because there is always such a long wait at Costco, I decided to go to Lex Brodie. Great decision. Customer service is first rate here and it ended up being less than Costco. It was fast!
6/11/2023
Jay. Y.
5
Lex Brodie's give you a fair assessment Fast , honest and friendly service, especially on a weekend. Appreciate you getting me back on the road while keeping me in my budget.
7/2/2023
Mario R.
5
Google Review: I cannot recommend Lex Brodie's highly enough. Their commitment to excellence, exceptional customer service, and expertise in their field make them a trusted and reliable choice for anyone in need of tire, brake, or general automotive services. I am grateful to have discovered such a reputable establishment and will undoubtedly be returning for all my future automotive needs.
7/10/2023
Deven L.
5
My go to for our company and personal auto tire needs. They provide excellent customer service from beginning to end. The receptionists are gems there as they hold down the calls and processing without losing their cool. They also answer phones in a timely manner. Wait time is excellent compared to dealerships. And they do quality work and hold true to their warranties/guarantees. Appreciate your hard work there at Lex Brodie's!!!!
11/14/2023
Bryce. F.
5
Have been going to Lex Brodie's for tire and alignment work for over 40 years and they have been outstanding. Sure, I've experienced a few "quirks" with them, but that also happens with any other best other shops taking care of them in good order.
Alan Y.
5
Going to Lex Brodie's Waipahu is always like stopping by a good friend's house. Lei, Blossom and Kekoa always take care of business professionally and personally. They know their business and take care of everyone courteously and with the best customer service anywhere. The maintenance was taken care of completely, with an excellent review and recommendations by Lei. Blossom took care of the follow up appointment and parts ordering completely, patiently, and as everyone there, like old friends. Always great to see Lei, Blossom and Kekoa!
6/21/2023
Phillip M.
5
Google Review:My first time at Lex Brodie's. The service was outstanding! Went in for brake service and they did a complete inspection of my 4runner. I was expecting to replace pads and shoes. after inspection they informed me that my brakes were in good condition. There was no charge. Hard to find that kind of honest service. Not because it was free of charge, but because they were professional and honest!
7/19/2023
Daniel F.
5
I am very satisfied with the service at Lex Brodie’s. The staff were all very helpful and the work was completed timely and for the estimated price.
Robert R.
5
No one anticipates to have a flat tire while going about their day, so needing to deal with a flat tire is always a frustrating ordeal…Thankfully, paying a visit to Lex Brodie’s has never added to that frustration and instead provides a pleasant, friendly experience every time. Thank you to the team at Lex Brodie’s Aiea for taking care of me during my most recent visit.
6/19/2023
Troy A.
5
I have been a Lex Brodie client for over 20 years. Today, I still get the same great service every single time I’m there!
Carlin K.
5
Staff are always very friendly and range of services is convenient. I also like the online reservation system, and the waiting area is great, too.
Mark S M.
5
Yelp Review: Outstanding customer service! Unfortunately, everything that could possibly go wrong with my vehicle, went wrong. I was more than stressed, until I contacted Lex Brodies Waipahu. I will continue to support such an awesome business. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
7/28/2023
Kristi K.
5
Google Review: I've gone here a few times over the past couple of years (oil change, brakes, safety check, alignment) and they've always been able to get me in within a day or two instead of the many week long waits of other mechanics in the area. They're very honest and straightforward, I was never pressured to get extra or unnecessary work done. A solid and reliable group of folks!
7/27/2023
Emily J.
5
Yelp Review: These folks are fantastic. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! I truly enjoy my visits to this location and my interactions with the employees! All smiles!
5/21/2023
Eric H.
5
Wonderful, quick service. My low tire pressure light came on while driving to work downtown. I was able to make an appointment to drop off my car at lunch and picked it up after work. No charge for checking my tires and the employees were extremely friendly and efficient even though they were busy.
Judy C.
5
Easy online appointments, quick in person check in and drop off. Car was running great! Thank you for the quick service. Will always come back to Lex Brody's.
6/9/2023
Douglas C.
5
Google Review :I really like this place! It's super convenient and I have consistently been able to get great same day service. Jordan in particular is extremely professional, friendly, fast and somehow keeps up with what's going on with my vehicles in between services
6/28/2023
Parks M.
5
Love the service ! Friendly staff ,Fast and efficient. On line booking makes it convenient .
Terri M.
5
Yelp Review: Great crew as usual. Professional, knowledgeable and just plain cool to do business with.
5/8/2023
Richard A.
5
I am very happy with great customer service and friendly staff at Waipahu location and highly recommed. They take pride in taking care of there customers. And they honor military discount. Mahalo
Abdul R.
5
I always receive great service from this location. Today I had Jack and he was awesome. He explained the services and pricing. Extremely helpful. The woman who cashed me out (ugh I wish I got her name) was so kind and courteous, too! 5-stars all around! Mahalo!
Lisa U.
5
Great experience. Very easily scheduling online, the service advisor explained exactly what they would do, and they got done quicker than expected!
James P.
5
Yelp Review: Having car trouble sucks but we all know that finding a good mechanic is half the stress of getting the repair done. I've been taking my cars here for years and they've always treated me right and charged me fairly for the work. The team is always so nice and their customer service top notch. Shout out to Kevin for helping me on my last visit. Keep up the good work guys !
8/2/2023
Jay M.
5
Yelp Review: Always exceptional service. I never feel cheated and the online coupons are always nice.
7/7/2023
Loraine H.
5
Thank you for always taking care of my car. consistently respectful, good communication. Thank you for fitting me in and keeping it transparent
Catherine M.
5
Yelp Review: First off I don't do Yelp reviews, good or bad. My experience here has always been honest and accommodating, as well as prompt! I have been bringing my car here for far more than just tires. The staff is always amazing, and I want to say thank you! to Lex Brodie's staff!
7/19/2023
Robert S.
5
Yelp Review: Jack and the girls at the front took really good care of me and my mom. They are professional and probably one of the most honest mechanic shops I have been to. You can tell they really want to make their customers happy and give them the most fair price they can. Jack and the sales girl I talked to broke down all the costs before starting the work so I knew exactly what we were paying for. Great staff, patient, kind, and honest. This place treats you like family and wants you to leave happy.
5/21/2023
Kai C.
5
Easy to book appointment via web. Coupon and extra saving booked on line are great! Excellent customer service. I really liked how they explained what they worked on and how should take care of it. Good job!😄 👍 Mahalo for your excellent customer service.😄
8/28/2023
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5

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