Best 30 Brake Fix in Akron, OH with Reviews -

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By: john44240
Cottage Muffler & Brake
I've gone there a few times to have aftermarket exhausts put on. The owner is very pleasant but on this trip I was a little disappointed in the time it took to get the work done and the grumpy mechanic. The guy they used to have there back in 09 was a master at exhausts and was very meticulous. I almost felt this time around that the mechanic was just slapping it on to just get it done and out of the way. The last time I was there they had the clamps all uniformed and straight. This guy just put them any which way...attention to detail is what it's all about. He also made comments of how he hated people watching him work and that he felt like he was in a "damn zoo in a cage". Hey buddy, that's our vehicle you're working on and we want to see what's going on. Estimate to have my exhaust put on was $100 until they needed to replace a few studs on the exhaust and get two exhaust gaskets. Then my price was $200. Seems a little extreme so I'm doubting I'll use them again after this experience.
By: Jeff L.
Cottage Muffler & Brake
This is the first time dealing with them and I would highly recommend them. We needed some quick repairs on our son's truck because we were leaving town in 3 days for work. They gave us an estimate over the phone that was right on the money. We needed somewhere close and the place we normally deal with was clear in Norton area. So i got on line and read the reviews. Even though they had one bad review we gave them a try. BEST thing ever. ( don't believe the sour grapes people ). You will be getting more of our muffler business, for sure. Thank you.
By: Stephanie S.
Cottage Muffler & Brake
First time I came here it was just for a simple oil change, but I could tell I would be back for more than just one visit. The people there were very friendly and helpful. Unlike bigger businesses, they were able to take care of my needs quickly and at a reasonable price! I have since been back for brakes, control arms, and a fuel pump. Everything is in tip top shape thanks to these mechanics. I would highly recommend this business to anyone who needs good quality work done at a reasonable price.
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By: haas31
Cottage Muffler & Brake
As always, Cottage Brake was as honest as they come. Will keep going back and recommend them to everyone.
Tips & Advices
Ceramic brake pads are made from dense, durable ceramic. They are favored for their relative silence while driving compared to metal or organic brake pads. They also have little wear and tear on the overall brake system and are very reliable. However, they are more expensive than metal or organic brake pads. Additionally, their performance deteriorates in extreme driving conditions.
Brake rotors typically last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles.
Brake shoes are used in drum brakes--rather than disc brakes--which is the original braking system designed for vehicles. Just as brake pads are the friction component of disc brakes, brake shoes are the friction component of drum brakes. When the brakes are applied, a wheel cylinder pushes the brake shoe against the brake drums, which spin while the vehicle is in motion, and causes the vehicle to stop.
A squeaking or squealing sound when applying newly replaced brakes is normal. It comes from the rotor vibrating against the new brake pads. It should quiet down after about 250 miles, and should be more or less silent by 750 miles, when the brake system has had some time to synchronize itself.
This depends on the car, the brake system, and the car owner's driving habits. Typically, a car's brakes should be replaced after about 50,000 miles, but some car's brakes may last anywhere from 25,000 to 70,000 miles. Car owners shouldn't wait for a magic number to replace their brakes. They should check them regularly, and pay close attention if they hear any weird noises or if the car feels shaky while braking. Brakes are a critical safety component of a car, so it's important to stay on top of brake maintenance.

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