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All cars and trucks use some sort of friction material that pushes against a brake rotor or brake drum. This causes friction and in turn slows down the wheel attached to that particular rotor or drum. The amount of friction applied determines the rate at which the vehicle slows down. Typical brake repairs come from the friction material wearing out and requiring replacement - the brake pads for disc brakes or the brake shoes for drum brakes. Each wears a little every time you apply the brakes. If brake pads are not replaced, the friction material will eventually wear away so that all you will have left is the metal backing plate where the friction material was attached to originally, and in many cases causes a horrible grinding noise. Below is a short video showing the different types of brake systems, disc brakes or drum brakes. The video also gives a brief overview of understanding how the brake system works. 

Posted with permission of Virtual Vehicle MD.

Absolute peace of mind for your brake system is a necessity and never an elective service. When you start to hear brake squealing or brake grinding, start to notice a difference in stopping power, or a difference in the brake pedal--always call a certified professional to perform a thorough inspection of the brake system. At Professional Auto Care, ASE Certified Technicians in Brakes perform brake inspections and brake work. All our brake inspections come with an easy to understand report of findings and clear, reasonable estimates. Call to schedule your service today.       (713) 270-0474

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Items inspected during a vehicle brake inspection:

  • Brake pedal travel
  • Brake sponginess
  • Power booster operation
  • Master cylinder brake fluid level
  • Brake pads
  • Brake rotors
  • Brake shoes
  • Brake drums
  • Brake calipers
  • Wheel cylinders
  • Brake lines
  • Other brake hardware parts
  • Brake fluid condition

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