A vehicle's brakes are one of its most important safety features, and we want to make sure that Cottin's Automotive customers stay safe. Whether your brake pads are signaling they need replacement, your brake light is on, or you're not comfortable with how quickly your vehicle is slowing down, call us at 772-873-2414 or visit us in Port St. Lucie and we'll give you a prompt diagnosis of your braking system's safety and reliability.
Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don't stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit Cottin's Automotive where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to our technicians at Cottin's Automotive about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don't need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you'll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it's too late and you're ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact Cottin's Automotive as soon as possible.
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a "like-new" condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. Cottin's Automotive will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.
AAA recommended that I use them to fix my car, and I am glad they did. They did a great job, fixed it in a timely manner. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a good honest mechanic.
Brian is an awesome mechanic he's not out to screw you over like most are. He's even work with me on time issues and came in the help me out even before his shop is even open.
Awesome people, awesome work. Thank you Brian and Pat!
I am so impressed with this family operated business. My car is an older model but it really has never run as well as now. The service is fast and precise, the customer is made aware of what is being done and what is recommended to be done. Pricing was fair. I am happy.
Great service. I went there my check engine light was on. Brian hooked up to the cars computer found the code. Opened the hood and found a disconnected vacuum line. He reconnected it. He told me he's not sure if that was the problem. Said to drive the car and see if the light comes back on. Honest service.
Cottin's Automotive is by far the BEST place around. They are always able to fix any problem my Tahoe has. I recommend them over anyone else!
Always a very professional job. Would not use anyone else.
Dependable and fast!
Good, actually great service. Diagnosed my problem quickly and fixed it quickly. That was 3-4 months ago, have not had a problem since then. Thank you so much!
Great Family run business! Needed an oil change and Brian was kind enough to squeeze me in. Thank You Brian!
Excellent service. They communicate with me every step of the way. They even work with me to drop off and pick my truck up.
Awesome place and excellent mechanics will always take my truck there and would very highly recommend them to everyone.
This is the only shop I will use; Cotton's has earned my confidence and trust over the past few years.
Cottin's Automotive is the BEST! It was really easy to make an appointment, they are SO FRIENDLY, and the PRICE was MUCH LOWER than I expected! This was my first time there and I plan on using them again EVERY TIME my car has issues. I highly recommend them!
I can not say enough but Brian and his work and prices!! For you single woman, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF BEING OVERPRICED! He has worked on my car twice now, I honestly was afraid of price the first time, I was shocked! I do not live close to his shop, so its harder to get my car to him, but I make it happen. I tell everyone about him.
Very honest and trustworthy. Always a good experience.
Fast, courteous, professional and above all else fair pricing for quality work and HONEST, A RARITY THESE DAYS.
Very professional and timely service at a reasonable cost.
My experience with Cottin's Automotive has always been great! They are honest, reliable and very reasonable for all my auto maintenance and repairs. I wouldn't bring my car anywhere else!
Awesome people, family owned and operated. They always do what is best for you and explain all totally, as well as take into account budget needs. Highly recommend to all. Visit them for all your auto or truck needs. You will always be pleased.