Brakes

Automotive Brakes are essential safety systems in vehicles, designed to slow down or stop a vehicle by creating friction.

Brakes explained

Automotive Brakes are critical components in any vehicle, responsible for ensuring safe and controlled stopping.

The system typically consists of brake pads, rotors, and calipers, working together to create friction and decelerate the vehicle. The brake pads press against the rotors, which are attached to each wheel, and this action is controlled by the calipers. These components are subject to wear and tear due to the intense heat and pressure they endure during braking.

At Gateway Auto - Service & Collision Center, our brake services include thorough inspections, maintenance, and replacements of these parts to ensure your vehicle's braking system functions effectively and safely.

When or why do you need it?

Brake Service or Replacement is necessary when you notice any signs of brake wear or degradation, such as squealing or grinding noises, longer stopping distances, or a spongy feeling in the brake pedal.

Regular brake checks are crucial for safety and should be part of your vehicle's routine maintenance.

At Gateway Auto - Service & Collision Center, we recommend having your brakes inspected regularly to identify any potential issues early. If we find worn-out pads, rotors, or malfunctioning calipers, we provide expert service and replacement to ensure your brakes are in top condition, offering you peace of mind and keeping you safe on the road.

How can Gateway Auto help?

We believe quality shouldn’t break the bank. We understand the financial strain unexpected repairs can bring, so we provide competitive rates and financing without compromising on the quality of our top-notch repairs backed by a 24 month, 24,000 mile nationwide warranty.

Easy, hassle-free experience

Booking an appointment with Gateway Auto is as easy as a few clicks or a phone call with our friendly team. Our new online booking system lets you schedule your visit at your convenience, eliminating the hassle of complicated scheduling processes.

Omaha’s Choice for Brake Services

Our technicians don't just tell you what's wrong, they'll show you. We'll never authorize without your approval. View your digital inspection, get text updates from our team, and even pay on your phone.

Placing transparency at the forefront of automotive care

We stand by our work. Your satisfaction is guaranteed with our 24 month, 24,000 mile nationwide warranty for mechanical service

How can we help?

An FAQ section can only get you so far. Still have questions or want more information than what's provided in our FAQs? Our friendly team of experts is happy to help.

Frequently asked questions

If it's a car, we'll fix it. If it's a question, we'll answer it.

How often do brake pads need to be replaced?

Brake pad replacement frequency depends on driving habits, vehicle type, and the type of brake pads used. It is best to have your brakes inspected by professionals during regular maintenance to stay up to date on the condition of your brake pads. Gateway Auto offers free digital inspections with any service so that you can stay informed and build a maintenance plan.

Do you offer rotor resurfacing?

No, we only offer replacement of your pads and rotors. Modern vehicles have rotors built to such tight tolerances for weight and fuel economy reasons that they are often below minimum thickness specification by the time brakes come due. Even those that are within specification are more susceptible to warpage from heat once material is removed in the resurfacing process. These reasons, combined with the relatively low cost difference between the parts cost of brand new rotors and labor of resurfacing worn rotors, makes replacement a much more viable option in most cases.

What is included in a brake inspection?

A brake inspection involves checking brake pads, rotors, calipers, brake lines, and other components for wear, damage, and proper functioning. Our expert technicians will do a thorough inspection and help recommend the best solution for your vehicle.

Can I drive my vehicle with worn brake pads?

Driving with worn brake pads is not recommended and can pose serious safety risks. Worn brake pads can significantly compromise your vehicle's braking performance, leading to longer braking distances, reduced stopping power, and potentially dangerous situations. Driving in this case risks further damage and the chance of an accident.

Can I top off my brake fluid instead of getting a flush?

Topping off brake fluid is a temporary solution. A flush is necessary to remove moisture and contaminants that accumulate over time.

Can I drive my vehicle without getting a brake fluid flush?

While it's possible to drive, old and moisture-contaminated brake fluid can lead to reduced braking effectiveness and compromised safety. A timely flush is advisable.

What is it like to have your car fixed or maintained at Gateway Auto?

Trusted, efficient and designed to keep you moving. We go the extra mile to make sure you're comfortable and confident throughout the entire repair process.

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Book online or speak with our friendly staff

Use our handy online scheduling tool to instantly book an appointment at any of our locations today.

Or, give our friendly and knowledgeable team a call to find a time and plan that works for you.

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Drop-off, courtesy car or wait

Three flexible options while we service your vehicle, so your life doesn't come to a halt.

Worried about leaving your car and having nothing to drive? We have courtesy cars to ease your mind. We also offer pick-up and drop-off service if we run out of courtesy cars.

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One on one review

We can send your digital inspection to you via text or email so that you can see pictures and videos of your vehicle through the eyes of our mechanics.

We clearly communicate with you during your repairs and educate you on your options throughout the process. We will never sell you anything you don't need.

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We clean your ride

Get back on the road looking as good as new. With every service, your vehicle will get a final check and complimentary carwash from our quality assurance team.

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Drive with peace of mind

We stand by our work. Your satisfaction is guaranteed with our 24 month, 24,000 mile nationwide warranty.

All your automotive needs under one roof

Gateway Auto offers service, collision, fleet and quality vehicle sales under the same trusted brand to ensure you stay on the road with a team by your side.

After their first visit, our average customer has been returning to Gateway Auto for more than 10 years

Don't just take our word for it, check out our reviews and see what our customers have to say about the Gateway Auto experience.

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"Top notch shop and staff, willing to go the extra mile and definitely have your best interests in mind. Would highly recommend trying their shops out."

Scott Hiatt

Service Center

"Awesome staff! Awesome service! Even avoided extra cost and saved me lots of $$$ thank you so much! Will definitely recommend you guys!"

Adam Walke

Service Center

"Best auto shop in Nebraska!!! Women- if you have auto shop anxiety for not being taken seriously or fear of overcharging, go here. These guys are the real deal. Professional, down to earth, and great prices."

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Service Center

"For people that are anxious about getting their vehicles serviced, Gateway is the antidote. Clear and accurate information about what you need done and quality work at fair prices. Dealership level service, environment and professionalism. A ray of sunshine in an industry that can be cloudy."

Jeff Chase

Service Center