Most brake systems consist of the brake pedal, a master cylinder (containing the brake fluid), brake booster, brake lines and hoses, calipers or wheel cylinders, brake rotors, brake pads and/or brake drums and brake shoes. If you are experiencing noise when braking, a vibration while braking or any other concerns when braking, please call us to schedule a brake inspection. If we identify a problem and you repair your brakes in our shop the same day, the brake inspection fee is waived. We also measure brake friction material during every oil change service and during our comprehensive inspection service. If we find issues with any of these components we will provide you with pictures and notes in your digital inspection report. We will also put together a quote for you using high quality brake parts. Optimal braking performance is best achieved using high quality materials.
On most vehicles, it is best practice to replace the rotors or drums when replacing the brake pads. Resurfacing the rotors, as is done in many shops, causes the metal to be thinner which causes heat to not dissipate as well and this can shorten the brake life. In fact, a lot of vehicle manufactures especially European car makers, require rotor replacement because their rotors are not meant to be machined. For some heavy-duty applications, rotor resurfacing is a more affordable option. Sometimes brake friction material wears prematurely due to brake hydraulic failure or damaged brake hardware. We perform a thorough inspection of all of these components prior to making a recommendation so we can make sure to address the root of the problem before installing brake friction material.
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Brake pad wear explanation: https://www.virtualvehicle.com/animation_link.php?num=vf156xdmtm5p
Drum brake operation: https://www.virtualvehicle.com/animation_link.php?num=oa88bv10vut1