Brakes require servicing on a regular basis to keep you stopping properly. The longevity of your Honda brakes depend upon several different factors. Our Honda brake repair services include checking and replacing many different components of your braking system such as: 
  • Disk brakes
  • Drum brakes
  • Parking brakes
  • Power brake booster
  • Brake fluid
  • Master cylinder
  • Brake lines
  • Brake rotors
  • Brake calipers
  • Brake pads
  • Brake shoes
  • Wheel cylinders
  • Anti-lock brakes ABS

Pride in What We Do

The service department at Honda of Keene takes pride in every aspect of what we do! Not only do we service your vehicle in a timely and affordable way...but we also educate you on your vehicle.

For example, we feel that if you have a basic knowledge of your car's braking system, and an understanding of how it runs, it can help you evaluate when your brakes may need to be scheduled for an appointment. It will also give you a better understanding of the repairs that may become necessary for a better running vehicle.

Understanding Your Brakes

As you can probably imagine...the braking system in an automobile is very important! It is also quite simple to understand.

Basically, your braking system consists of various mechanical parts that help to adapt the small pressure from your foot to the brake pedal into a more forceful pressure to stop the momentum of the car when it's in motion.

In other helps you STOP!

Each time the brake pedal is pushed, the master cylinder then thrusts the brake fluid through hoses connected to braking units sited at all four wheels.

Since the brake fluid does not condense very much, it is more resourceful, causing very small losses of energy and motion.

The brake fluid from the master cylinder triggers the pads (on disk brakes) or the shoes (on drum brakes) to press against the wheel, causing resistance that will stop the vehicle.

Unfortunately, this resistance alters the car's momentum into heat which is damaging to the exterior of both the pads and shoes.

Fortunately, replacements of the pad and shoe are the most general type of brake repair, making this a quick and easy fix.

We Recommend

  • Expect the brakes on your new car to require service between 25,000 and 45,000 miles; between 20,000 and 30,000 miles on your new truck or SUV.
  • Have a pro check your brakes at least every 6,000 miles. That's every other oil change if you change your oil on 3,000 mile, or 3 month, intervals.
  • Change your brake fluid sometime between 24,000 and 36,000, or according to the schedule in your owner's manual.

Our technicians begin with a thorough inspection of a vehicle's brake linings and key components. Service recommendations are based on the vehicle manufacturer's specifications and the existing condition of brake components that impact system performance.

Know The Warnings

You know you need brake repair when:

  • Brake dashboard light glows amber, indicating problems with the anti-lock brake system (ABS)
  • Brake dashboard light is red, indicating a system imbalance
  • Brake pedal is spongy or slow to respond
  • Grinding or constant squealing during braking
  • Vibrations that only happen during braking indicate that something is wrong.
  • Slow braking indicates a weakness in the braking system.
  • Always inspect the area where you park your car for fluids leaking onto the surface.

Any time you notice these or other symptoms, it's a good idea to have your brakes checked. If our inspection reveals you do need brake repair service, we will explain exactly what's required, what's optional and provide you with a written estimate before any work is done.

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Q) My car has recently started making a squeal noise while driving that actually goes away when I apply the brakes. What could be wrong?

A) Most likely your brake pads are worn sufficiently enough to allow their "wear indicators" or "sensor" to touch the disc brake rotor. When this occurs the "sensor" emits that high pitch noise designed to warn you that your brakes need immediate attention. Have them checked immediately by a certified brake system specialist and have the brakes serviced before expensive damage or loss of brakes occurs.

Q) Sometimes my brakes make a grinding or groaning noise that only happens at very low speed stops. Are my brakes going bad?

A) Only a complete brake system inspection by a competent brake specialist can give the truth, however the particular noise described is generally considered normal, particularly on vehicles with semi-metallic pads or most front wheel drive cars. The noise is simply a vibration that can be more felt than heard coming from the front disc pads because on slower stops you don't have the brakes applied fully which allows them to vibrate against the rotor surface.

Q) Recently I have noticed that my car has become increasingly harder to stop and the brake pedal seems to travel down a lot farther than it used to. What could be wrong?

A) The problem could range from a simple adjustment, air in the brake system or the most severe; total brake failure. Having a professional perform the necessary bleed, adjustments and inspection to determine the exact nature of the problem would be advised. Due to anti-lock brakes and the ever increasing complexity of brake systems, it is not a good idea to allow a "shade-tree" mechanic or to try a DIY solution to risk damage to extremely expensive components. It is better to allow a certified technician to perform the task.

Q) After recently having my brakes repaired, the service adviser informed me that I need to set my parking brake every time I park my car. He said it assisted in keeping the rear brakes adjusting, is this true and how?

A) Your service adviser is absolutely correct and better educated than most. Most modern cars and light trucks use what is called a single or non-servo rear brake. These brake designs have the self adjuster connected to the parking brake assemblies and do require park brake usage to ensure rear brake adjustment. This not only ensures proper rear brake operation but also helps keep the brake pedal high and the brakes functioning better keeping excess load from prematurely wearing the front brakes. The days of having to sharply apply the brakes while moving in reverse are almost gone; some vehicles still require this, so check with your brake system specialist to find out what kind you have.