Brakes, Shocks, Suspension & Axle Repair

At A & H Automotive, every customer gets the “Royal Treatment”, as we work each day to earn your business for life. Our team of customer service specialists and ASE certified technicians go the extra mile for each customer to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience and a guarantee a return visit. At A & H, you’re never treated as if you’re a number, but taken care of like a member of our family. Knowing you could give your business to the local Honda, Toyota or Subaru dealership where you purchased your vehicle, but instead you chose A & H means a lot! We operate Delray’s only family owned and operated specialty Honda, Toyota or Subaru automotive repair shop. Equipped with the same technology and capabilities of the franchise dealers, but without the ridiculous prices. Our goal is to always put in the extra time and effort to make sure you have a top-notch experience and welcome you to the A & H family.

We service and repair brakes, shocks, as well as tackle all of your major suspension & axle issues! So if you’ve been having suspension or brake troubles with your vehicle, you’ve found the experts to get you back on the road cruising smooth and able to stop! Whether you drive a car, SUV or Hybrid, if it’s Japanese, we can help! Below we have outlined each specific area of maintenance and repair.

Brakes & Rotors Maintenance and Replacement

The Basics Behind Brake Rotor Replacement Services at A & H Automotive

 Your vehicle’s brake rotors, in conjunction with its brake pads, are what help bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Most commonly brake rotors are made of cast iron. Your Honda, Toyota or Subaru brake rotors are the discs that are mounted to the wheel hub and are typically visible through your wheels. When you press down on the brake pedal, the brake pads compresses against the rotors to slow your vehicle’s wheels and in turn, reduces your vehicle’s speed.

Rotor construction & design may vary from vehicle to vehicle and from brake system to brake system, but all disc-brakes regardless the design or the construction all function the same way. Variations in the design of each braking system to help transfer and displace the heat created between the brake pads and the rotors when you slow your vehicle. Disc brake systems can account for heat dissipation in one of two ways: either the rotors will have a ventilated design/crossed drilled, or the brake pads will contain a slot on the surface. These vents and slots help provide passages so air circulation can effectively cool down the rotor. Proper heat dissipation is extremely important for prolonging the life of your rotors and effectiveness in stopping power. Drivers are encouraged to watch their brake rotors and seek rotor resurfacing or rotor replacements when necessary.

 

Why Choose A & H for Your Brake Rotor Replacement Services?

Brake pads in conjunction with rotors together stop your vehicle, and share similar wear patterns. As brake pads compress against the rotor to stop the vehicle, the friction required to slow your wheels creates a large amount of heat that, if not properly dissipated, can wear down your brake pads and rotors. A vibrating brake pedal is one indication that your rotors are damaged and need to be replaced. When a rotor is removed from the brake assembly, the rotor will be inspected for cracks and other damage incurred during routine operation. Periodic inspections of rotors will prolong rotor repairs and replacements while ensuring your brake system continues operating as expected. Seeking brake rotor replacements within the service intervals indicated by your owner’s manual, or as wear and tear dictates, is an important part of brake maintenance. If you are wondering if a rotor replacement is right for your vehicle, please consult with a member of our service staff today.

Shocks and Suspension Repair

The Basics Behind Shock Replacement Services at A & H Automotive

 Shock absorbers are components in your vehicle’s suspension system that help your tires remain in contact with the surface of the road. They dampen the impact of road force and absorb the rebound of springs and other suspension components. Front and rear

shocks are designed to adjust to driving conditions, like bumps, potholes, and sudden maneuvers. They also reduce bounce rate, sway, and brake dive or acceleration squat. Modern day shocks are velocity-sensitive, which means that the faster the springs and other suspension components are moving, the more resistance provided by the shocks. Hydraulic shocks convert kinetic energy from the springs into thermal energy that the hydraulic fluid inside each shock absorbs and dissipates. When the suspension system bounces, hydraulic fluid is forced through holes inside the piston. This slows the compression of the piston, thereby slowing down spring and suspension movement. While hydraulic and gas shocks are the most common types of shocks used on vehicles today, some vehicles also use electronic and air shocks.

 

Why Choose Us For Your Shock Replacement Services?

Replacing shocks can maximize the performance of your entire suspension system. The components in your suspension system interact and depend on each other. Shock absorbers and brakes work together to help your vehicle stop as soon as possible upon engaging the brake pedal. Worn shocks mean your vehicle is less likely to stop exactly when and where you want. In fact, bad shocks can increase your stopping distance by up to 10 feet. Worn shock absorbers will cause your vehicle to dive when braking. With a set of bad shocks, you may experience problems like bounce, body roll, sway, and other unexpected movements in your suspension system. Healthy shocks improve braking and handling, making your vehicle easier to control. Replacing front and rear shocks as necessary will help promote a safe road for everyone.

Axles and Differentials: Knowledge, Maintenance and Repair

Axles & Differentials Defined:

Your car or truck’s axle connects the two wheels on opposite sides of the vehicle. And the  differential is the gears and bearings located inside the transmission or the housing of the axle.

Power from the engine and transmission are transferred to the wheels and tires through your driveshaft, axles, CV-joints, U-joints, transfer cases, differentials and wheel hubs. These parts are generally strong enough to last a very long time but if you hear clunking, whining, a squeaking noise or feel a vibration, it may indicate a problem.

 

Avoiding Damage:

To avoid serious damage or failure, have your vehicle checked by the trained professionals at A&H Automotive. Our auto repair center can provide all of your vehicle’s service needs specified in the owner’s manual. Our skilled technicians perform a wide range of services, making A&H in South Florida your one-stop shop for all of your vehicle’s repairs and maintenance.

 

Maintenance and Repair:

Your Honda, Toyota or Subaru’s differential lube level should be checked with every oil change. Some differentials require periodic cleaning and repacking of wheel bearings. If you drive an SUV or light truck, and especially if you pull a boat (meaning these components may get submerged in water), axle lube should be changed every year. You can always refer to your owner’s manual for factory recommended maintenance intervals for your specific vehicle.

A&H Auto technicians are experts in axles and differentials. Differential problems should be checked out as soon as possible. Symptoms include clunking when you accelerate or shift between drive and reverse, or a high-pitched howling type of noise. Making sure your vehicle’s axles and differential are properly maintained will save you more costly repairs in the future. It can be easy to overlook this area of service for your vehicle, but if you’re a customer of A & H we make sure you stay on top of things. If we see something that needs to be replaced or repaired now to avoid those more costly repairs we’ll let you know.  At A & H, we’ve got your back!