Brake Inspections in San Antonio, TX
Complete Auto Braking System Inspections at Auto Service Experts
What is involved in a complete brake job?
To properly complete a job, a detailed inspection should first be performed to determine which parts are damaged or worn and need to be replaced. At most shops, brake service includes replacing pads and rotors (or turning/resurfacing the rotors). There are, however, several more parts which are integral to your auto braking system, and ultimately your safety! Your car's brakes are arguably its most important safety feature and not an area where you should settle for a job half done. Auto Service Experts San Antonio Brake Shop employs mechanics who are ASE certified in brake repair and have over 20 years of experience providing top quality service in our local and surrounding areas.
What inspections does a brake check include?
Test drive the vehicle to check for signs of brake problems including shaking, grinding, squealing noises, low brake pedal, and diminished stopping power.
Check the thickness of disc brake pads and look for signs of uneven wear, cracks, or separation from plates.
Inspect calipers & wheel cylinders for cracks and leaks.
Inspect the master cylinder for leaks and worn or damaged linings.
Check brake hoses and lines for leaks, corrosion, and other signs of damage.
Check the level and condition of brake fluid.
On vehicles equipped with rear drum brakes, ensure that shoes are the proper thickness, and are not loose or cracked.
Inspect brake drum hardware noting any corroded, loose, or discolored components.
Ensure proper operation of ABS and brake warning lights.
Check for proper parking/emergency brake operation.
After a detailed inspection, the pads and rotors were replaced on this Ford F150
After thoroughly inspecting the system, an expert mechanic can make the right recommendations of which parts should be replaced, which are in good condition, and which ones may need attention in the near future. Because components wear out at different rates, you may have the option to replace only a few necessary parts or to go ahead and replace all moderately to extremely worn parts at once. For example, front pads often wear out sooner than rear pads or shoes. Keep in mind that following a few maintenance and driving tips can extend car brakes lifetime and avoid repair.
This is a decision which should be made on an individual basis, taking into account the condition of each component, as well as time and budget constraints. Parts can be replaced only as needed to ensure that you get the most life out of each, or you may want to save time and a little money by restoring the entire system to like new condition at once.
Over recent years the price of rotors has decreased dramatically, making it more cost effective to replace worn brake rotors with new ones than to turn or machine the old ones. The price difference is usually only about $20, while the difference in performance and lifetime is worth much more!
The quality of parts used is an important consideration when deciding what auto shop to have your car brakes repaired at. You may be able to save a little money by going with the cheapest brake job around, but keep in mind this usually does not involve a proper inspection, includes only the bare minimum, uses low-quality parts, and does not provide much of a warranty. The difference in low vs. high-quality parts can mean the difference between having to replace brake pads once a year and only needing to worry about brake service every 3 years or more. Of course, there is also a vast difference in performance and the ability to stop in an emergency.