Updated: Jan 29
To most shops, a good brake job is throw on the big suppliers product and call it good. This can get you by for a couple of years. Then your back. Popping for another brake job.
Taken from an actual manufacturer label:
“During the first couple of hundred miles on a new set of brake pads, allow for slightly longer braking distances. The brakes may feel slightly spongy and less effective than usual. This is to be expected and will go away as the brakes “break in.”
We find this statement to be absolute nonsense! Our local Richland Washington auto technicians use a proprietary method developed to immediately negate any “break in” period. We’ve developed an exclusive method that also completely prevents brake “squeak” for the ENTIRE life of your pads.
We won’t put you at risk like that manufacturer label suggests in the first 100 miles, because that’s exactly what it’s implying! Our proprietary procedures do away with long, unpredictable break-in. Your brakes will work the first time, at full potential. Doing that “Old School” break in causes lots of problems, overheating and glazing pads due to high pedal effort, reducing pad life, causing brake fade, scored rotors, dust and wear are all possible. We also use premium parts. Performance Friction pads and others that outperform the normal by a lot. Many shops use cheaper parts and hope to see you in 2 years, right after you forgot that you just did them.
Our policy, if it squeaks, if it doesn’t feel right, bring it back. Period. We warranty for noise down to 10% of pad wear.
We regularly see and expect 60 to 90 thousand miles out of our brakes. We always expect the highest standard for safety, and performance. Including addressing the entire system. Condition of fluid, components and even the suspension all play a role.
Squeak Free Guaranteei
Here’s the deal, when you buy a new car they have brakes, and they don’t squeak…..right. So why can’t an after market shop do the same?
Master Tech can! A brake job is really a minor machining operation. Attention to detail, training, specs, use of chemicals and procedures can get right back to that factory setup. Or in our case, even better. With the use of a variety of high quality pads like Akebono, Textar, Nissin, and WBR pads we are well above factory spec. These brakes should last 60- 80,000 miles in some cases. (I have seen over 100K). Other shop use what are marketed as ‘premium’ pads from local vendors but really they are mid grade or worse with a fancy title (they need you back again in two years for the same work).
Because of our varied sources Master Tech can sell premium pads for about the same as other mid-grade types. The result, great brakes that give you a better feel and last a long, long time. Along with servicing the rest of the system correctly there is just no better brakes out there.