Brake Repair

The brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. They protect you and your family from that deer runs right in front of you, and the tourist that suddenly changes lanes while staring out the window at the Grand Traverse Bay. Unfortunately, brakes are also easily forgotten until there’s a problem. If you don’t catch it quickly, a simple brake pad replacement can become far more expensive.
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During a complete brake inspection, we will look at:

  • calipers
  • fluids
  • hoses
  • master cylinder fluid exchange
  • pads and/or shoes
  • pistons
  • rotors and/or drums
  • seals
  • wheel cylinders, bearings and grease seals
After completing an inspection one of our technicians will tell you exactly what (if any) repairs or adjustments need to be made to get your brakes preforming at their highest level.
Signs you may have a brake problem:
  • pedal is hard or low
  • brake or ABS warning light is on
  • longer braking distance than usual
  •  jerking feeling in the car or steering wheel when brakes are applied
  • vehicle pulls to one side when you apply the brakes
  • it’s necessary to pump your brakes to get them to work well
  • brakes are smoking or emitting a smelly fume
  • brake fluid is very low and dirty
  • sticking brakes and hot wheels or an engine that seems to have lost some power
  • car makes a squealing sound that stops when you apply the brakes
  • consistent squealing or grinding sounds when you apply the brakes
Only a complete inspection by a trusted mechanic can tell you for certain if your vehicle needs a brake repair or adjustment. If you notice any of the signs listed above, it’s best to have your vehicle checked promptly.
Top Reasons to Get Your Brakes Repaired at Traverse City Public Service Garage
1. Best Prices in Town – Yes, I know we’re probably not the only brake repair shop in town to make this claim, but we truly do have the best prices for brake repair in Traverse City. Our prices are so good that not only do we beat our competitors on price, but also if you are considering doing your own brake repair to save money you should call us first. You will quickly discover that after you purchase parts the additional money it would cost to have your brakes professionally repaired at TCPSG is so small that it’s worth your time and energy to just have us take care of your brake repair for you. Call 231-933-1113 for pricing on your brake repair.

2. Same Day Service – We believe getting you back on the road quickly is important. If the parts you need are available you can expect same day service.

3. Preferred Customer Discounts – If you’re a Traverse City local (or a tourist) ask for a Preferred Customer Discount card and receive a 10% discount on your brake repair.

4. We Do That –
You can rest assured that whatever brake repair needs you have we can help you. Disc brakes, drum systems, air brakes and anti-lock systems - we do it all. If you are looking for ceramic pads, we can help you there too. In fact, if you have any questions about the brakes you have or want to have stop by or give us a call, we want to answer your brake repair questions.

5. High Quality Parts – Sometimes auto repair shops cut expenses by using inferior parts. We use only high quality parts that we’re willing to stand behind. We warranty the parts we put on.

6. We’ll Pick Up & Drop Off Your Vehicle – If you live or work in Traverse City, we will pick up and drop off your vehicle at no charge. Yes, that’s right. You can have your brakes changed while you’re at work without ever having to leave your office. It doesn’t get better than that.

7. Call & Speak to a Professional – There’s nothing worse than finally getting around to calling about your brake repair but not being able to speak with anyone who is capable of answering your questions or worse yet never being able to speak with anyone at all. One of the great things about TC Public Service Garage is that most of the time you call an ASE certified mechanic answers the phone, and when they don’t you’re sure to hear back from them quickly.

8. Experienced Technicians – When your car is up in the air getting the brakes repaired you have technicians with over 20 years of experience looking at your car. Not only does that mean that your brakes will be repaired correctly but it’s also highly likely that they will easily spot any other visible issues you may be having with your vehicle before they become expensive repairs.

9. Your Car’s in the Air – You might be thinking, “so what?” Getting your car in the air vs. completing a brake repair while it’s on the ground means our ASE certified technicians will get a good look at your vehicle. Getting your vehicle in the air is the only way to conduct a complete inspection. It’s a great time to check the alignment, as well as the inner and outer tie rods and upper and lower ball joints.

10. Traverse City Locals – Locally owned by Traverse City attorney Allen G. Anderson. Allen started TC Public Service Garage after the Traverse City Midas auto repair shop on Hall Street was closed. He had been taking his vehicles to the same trusted auto repair technicians for years and they were looking for work. Allen knew that their experience and work ethic (especially combined with state of the art facilities) could fill a need in Traverse City. Today the TC Public Service Garage team prides themselves in earning new customers by providing exceeding value and operating with honesty and integrity.

11. ASE Certified Technicians – The Traverse City Public Service Garage technicians are ASE Certified by the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

There’s a saying that you can compete on price, quality or service - but not all three. Every stereotype has an exception to the rule and TC Public Service Garage is one of them. We can offer the best prices in Traverse City for brake repair provide quality parts and understand that service is at the heart of our business. We can do this while still being profitable for the following reasons.
  1. We get better prices on parts than you would if you purchased them directly.
  2. We offer other more sophisticated labor-intensive services that cost more.
  3. The extensive experience of our ASE Certified Technicians allows us to work efficiently and get the job done right the first time.
  4. We have a single locally owned Traverse City location. There are no corporate or franchise expenses.
If you haven’t been in to see us yet, stop by and check out our state-of-the-art facility only a few minutes south of downtown Traverse City on Diamond Drive right off of Cass Road.

Free Evaluation & Quote

The ASE Certified Technicians at TC Public Service Garage 
are happy to provide a free evaluation and quote.
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