To most shops, a brake job is throwing on the big suppliers product and calling it good. This can get you by for a couple of years. Then you’re back. Popping for another brake job. And if they squeak or perform poorly, you’re on your own. The way brake work used to be done is no longer good enough. We used to call it a “pad slap”. The manufacturers are designing procedures for the lowest common denominator.
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, including 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, and address the entire system. Condition of fluid, components and even the suspension all play a role.
Squeak Free Guarantee
Some people just slap brakes on. Not here at Master Tech. We take your brakes very seriously. Using the best pads and performing specially trained (proprietary) procedures to set the brake job up for long term high level performance is our goal. At Master Tech, no squeaks are allowed, ever. If your brakes make noise when we are done, bring them back. Period (this rarely happens). Noise warranty applies down to 10% wear.
Here’s the deal, when you buy a new car they have brakes, and they don’t squeak…..right? So why can’t an aftermarket 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 Aftermarket pads, and rotors like Akebono, Brombo, Zimmerman, and others, we are sometimes 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).
We use some of the best parts and procedures available. 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.