Professional Auto Care
What is done during a brake inspection?
We begin first by performing a road test - checking brake pedal travel and sponginess while listening for not just the obvious grinding of the brake pads or brake shoes, but other noises as well.
Upon returning to the facility, the power booster operation is checked as well as the master cylinder brake fluid level.
The next portion is actually lifting the vehicle and removing all four wheels in order to visually inspect and measure the disc brake pad and/or drum brake shoe lining thickness. Followed by a careful inspection of the brake rotors/brake drums identifying any signs of overheating, warping, and measuring thickness.
The technician then follows the brake lines and examines the brake hoses to see if there are any noticeable leaks. The calipers and wheel cylinders are also examined for reliability to ensure even wear of the new brake pads/brake shoes.
The inspection is concluded with an inspection of the springs, anti-rattle clips and other often overlooked brake hardware parts. All our brake inspections come with a detailed report. Schedule a service today to have your brakes inspected by an automotive care certified professional. (713) 270-0474
"The most important part of the brake inspection is understanding the client's concern. "
-Everardo Serratos, Owner
Whether you hear brake noise or the brake pedal feels funny, no detail is too small to share with your chosen automotive service professional. The details of when the brake noises first appeared or when you first noticed the change in stopping distance and their progressive changes is key to resolving your vehicle brake issues.
It is always important to have a certified professional inspect your brakes before performing any work. Our brake inspections take approximately an hour to complete and includes a detail report of findings.
Brakes 101: What makes up a vehicle brake system?
Brake systems generally consist of a vacuum booster to assist the driver in pressing the pedal, a brake master cylinder that pressurizes brake fluid when the pedal is pressed, metal brake lines, rubber brake hoses, brake rotor systems and on some cars a drum brake system. Most vehicles also have an ABS system - designed to pulse the brakes on a skidding wheel when maximum braking pressure is applied.
Professional Auto Care is an award-winning family owned and operated auto repair shop located in southwest Houston. It has been run by the same family, the Serratos Family, for nearly 35 years. Professional Auto Care services Domestic, Asian as well as select European vehicles. We are known for our professionalism, transparency and quality of work. Since our humble beginning in 1983, we always strove to provide the best, most reliable service in Houston with a hint of the personal touch. The founders, Everardo and Claudia Serratos, are still involved with the daily operations of the car maintenance and auto repair shop.