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The Basics Behind Brake Inspection Services at Auto Pro Tires and Service

Brakes use friction to bring a vehicle to a complete stop. This friction creates a substantial amount of heat that can degrade the brakes and brake components over time. As a result, inspecting these components and ensuring proper operation has become a critical part of overall vehicle maintenance. Although brake systems vary from vehicle to vehicle, the responsibility and importance of the components remains the same. Today, some common brake types include drum and disc brakes. Drum brakes contain brake shoes, drums, wheel cylinders, springs, and self-adjusters. Disc brakes contain brake pads, rotors, calipers, and hydraulic components. Depending on the design of the rear brake system, the parking brake assembly, which keeps the vehicle from rolling once stopped, can be housed in either a drum or rotor. All of these components, including the brake pedal and brake fluid, should be checked during a brake inspection service to help ensure that a vehicle is safe to operate.

Why Should You Have Brake Inspection Services Performed 

Brake inspections are crucial to ensuring safe driving conditions. Determining when to seek an inspection will depend on your driving conditions and preferences. The goal of our brake inspection is to find, diagnose, and discuss any issues while recommending brake repair procedures. During a brake inspection, we may discover that your brake system requires new brake pads or shoes, or the installation of new brake calipers or wheel cylinders. Alternatively, we may need to drain and replace your old brake fluid to rid the brake lines of air, dirt, and other contaminants. If your brake lines and hoses show cracks or heat damage, we may suggest replacements. To restore maximum braking ability, the rotors or drums of your disc or drum brake system might also need to be replaced. Our methods and items for repair will vary by inspection, so please contact us online or give us a call to learn more about brake maintenance.

We proudly service the Brake Inspection needs of customers in Jacksonville, FL, Saint Augustine, FL, Duval County, and surrounding areas.

 

Areas Served : Jacksonville, FL | Saint Augustine, FL | Duval County | and surrounding areas

The Basics Behind Brake Rotor Replacement Services at  Auto Pro Tires and service

Your brake system’s rotors, in conjunction with the brake pads, help bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Commonly made of cast iron, rotors are discs that mount to the wheel hub. When you press the brake pedal, the brake pads compress against the rotors and slow your wheels. Rotor design may vary from vehicle to vehicle and from brake system to brake system. Variations in design help dissipate the heat created between the brake pads and the rotors when you slow your vehicle. Disc brake systems can account for heat dissipation in two ways: either the rotors will have a ventilated design, or the brake pads will contain a slot on the surface. These vents and slots provide passages so air circulation can effectively cool the rotor. Proper heat dissipation is extremely important for prolonging the life of your rotors. Drivers are encouraged to watch their brake rotors and seek rotor repairs or rotor replacements when necessary.

Why Should You Have Brake Rotor Replacement Services Performed ?

Brake pads and rotors work together to stop your vehicle, and share similar wear patterns. As brake pads compress against the rotor to stop the vehicle, the friction required to slow your wheels creates a large amount of heat that, if not properly dissipated, can wear down your brake pads and rotors. A vibrating ( Pulsating )brake pedal is one indication that your rotors are damaged and need to be replaced. When a rotor is removed from the brake assembly, the rotor will be inspected for cracks and other damage incurred during routine operation. Periodic inspections of rotors will prolong rotor repairs and replacements while ensuring your brake system continues operating as expected. Seeking brake rotor replacements within the service intervals indicated by your owner’s manual, or as wear and tear dictates, is an important part of brake maintenance. If you are wondering if a rotor replacement is right for your vehicle, please consult with a member of our service staff today.

We proudly service the Brake Rotor Replacement needs of customers in Jacksonville, FL, Saint Augustine, FL, Duval County, and surrounding areas.

 

Areas Served : Jacksonville, FL | Saint Augustine, FL | Duval County | and surrounding areas

The Basics Behind Front Disc Brake Repair Services at Auto Pro Tires and Service

 

Because front brakes provide most of your vehicle’s stopping power, they tend to wear out more quickly than rear brakes. When deciding whether or not to schedule a front disc brake repair service, there are some symptoms to consider. Squealing noises from the front brakes point to worn brake pads, while grinding noises are a sure sign that your rotors need servicing. If your brake pedal shakes when engaged, this may also be a sign of bad rotors. A vehicle that pulls to one side when braking indicates a bad caliper or uneven brake pad wear, which can result from uneven distribution of pressure in the brake lines. Besides incurring additional repair costs, leaving symptoms of an impending front disc brake repair untreated can lead to serious, stressful situations for both yourself and other drivers on the road.


 

Why Should You Have Front Disc Brake Repair Services Performed 

Because front brakes provide most of your vehicle’s stopping power, they tend to wear out more quickly than rear brakes. When deciding whether or not to schedule a front disc brake repair service, there are some symptoms to consider. Squealing noises from the front brakes point to worn brake pads, while grinding noises are a sure sign that your rotors need servicing. If your brake pedal shakes when engaged, this may also be a sign of bad rotors. A vehicle that pulls to one side when braking indicates a bad caliper or uneven brake pad wear, which can result from uneven distribution of pressure in the brake lines. Besides incurring additional repair costs, leaving symptoms of an impending front disc brake repair untreated can lead to serious, stressful situations for both yourself and other drivers on the road.

We proudly service the Front Disc Brake Repair needs of customers in Jacksonville, FL, Saint Augustine, FL, Duval County, and surrounding areas.

 

Areas Served : Jacksonville, FL | Saint Augustine, FL | Duval County | Clay County and surrounding areas

The Basics Behind Rear Disc Brake Repair Services at Auto Pro Tires and Service

Some brake systems use disc brakes in the rear of a vehicle. Most rear disc brake systems contain brake pads, calipers, rotors, and a parking brake assembly. Calipers are responsible for squeezing the brake pads against the rotor, which is mounted to the wheel hub. When you apply pressure to the brakes, the brake pads are hydraulically pressed against the brake disc to create the necessary amount of friction for slowing the turning rotor. A rear disc brake system converts kinetic energy into heat. Most brake rotors incorporate a ventilated design to release heat from the brake system. When the parking brake is applied, a piston is pushed into the brake pad to keep the vehicle from moving. In some systems, a “drum in hat” parking brake assembly uses parking brake shoes to keep the vehicle from moving. Brake systems with rear disc brakes are known to possess strong stopping power in even the worst driving conditions. However, they are still susceptible to the same type of wear and tear as any regularly used brake system.


 

Why Should You Have Rear Disc Brake Repair Services Performed 

Braking naturally creates a substantial amount of heat and friction, so rear disc brakes will wear from natural use. Routine rear disc brake inspections can prevent excessive wear from damaging other brake components like calipers and rotors. Completely worn brake pads can cause calipers to squeeze metal on metal, which will damage the rotors. Some disc brake pads have a wear indicator strip that makes a whistling sound to notify you when brake pads need replacements. Sometimes the calipers can stick and keep from retracting all the way, which can cause quicker wear on brake pads. Squealing and grinding noises are the first sign of disc brake issues, but be sure to seek a rear brake repair service for your disc brakes at the first sign of any trouble. Properly working disc brakes are important for your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road.

We proudly service the Rear Disc Brake Repair needs of customers in Jacksonville, FL, Saint Augustine, FL, Duval County, and surrounding areas.

 

Areas Served : Jacksonville, FL | Saint Augustine, FL | Duval County | and surrounding areas

The Basics Behind Rear Drum Brake Repair Services at Auto Pro Tires and Service

Some brake systems use rear drum brakes instead of rear disc brakes. Drum brake components consist of brake drums, shoes, wheel cylinders, and hardware including springs and self-adjusters. The brake shoes sit against the drum until the brakes are applied. Once applied, brake fluid pushes the wheel cylinders against the brake shoes, which in turn press against the brake drum and create the friction required to stop your vehicle. When you let off the brakes, the springs return the brake shoes back to their original position. This self-adjusting system helps keep the brake shoes in position when the brakes are not applied. As the brake shoes gradually become worn, the self-adjuster compensates for the worn area by adjusting the original position of the brake shoe so that it is closer to the brake drum. Because rear drum brakes serve an important role in slowing your vehicle, it is wise to get them repaired and replaced as necessary.


 

Why Should You Have Rear Drum Brake Repair Services Performed 

During use, rear drum brakes create a serious amount of heat and friction that can degrade brake components over time. Grinding, screeching, or squealing noises signal worn brake shoes rubbing against the brake drum. Worn springs and an insufficiently lubricated self-adjuster can cause brake shoes to wear down quickly. Rapid and excessive wear may also point to problems with other components. Wheel cylinders that do not receive adequate brake fluid and worn springs that are unable to return brake shoes to their original position are both contributors to worn brake shoes and inevitable rear brake repairs. Because driving on worn rear drum brakes can endanger the life of yourself and other passengers, it is important to repair your brakes as needed. Our rear drum brake repair service can help. We cover rear drum brakes and accompanying components--like brake shoes, wheel cylinders, springs, and self-adjusters--to help ensure maximum drum brake performance.

We proudly service the Rear Drum Brake Repair needs of customers in Jacksonville, FL, Saint Augustine, FL, Duval County, and surrounding areas.

 

Areas Served : Jacksonville, FL | Saint Augustine, FL | Duval County | and surrounding areas

What Does the Anti-Lock Brake System Do Exactly?

The Anti-Lock Brake System in your vehicle is designed to help you maintain control of your vehicle when stopping quickly. If you've had to press hard on your brakes to stop suddenly, you've probably felt your vehicle shudder a bit while stopping. Inside the ABS, a hydraulic pump is repeatedly increasing and decreasing brake fluid to your brakes, allowing the wheels to rotate slightly for a moment before returning brake pressure. This kind of braking helps you maintain control of the vehicle while preventing your vehicle from skidding.

Why Did My ABS Light Come On?Why Should You Have your ABS Repaired at Auto Pro Tires and service?

Your car, truck or SUV's on-board diagnostic computer has detected a problem with the Anti-Lock Brake System in your vehicle. There are several reasons the ABS may have malfunctioned:

  • A Faulty Wheel Speed Sensor is a common issue in older Anti-Lock Brake Systems. Located close to the brakes, your car or truck's wheel speed sensors help ensure the wheels rotate at the same rate. Due to the high temperatures generated by the brake system, the wheel speed sensors may overheat and malfunction.

  • Damaged Wiring can cause a bad connection from the wheel speed sensor to the ABS control unit. A bad connection is most often caused by corrosion, but even rodents have been known to chew through wires under the hood.

  • Another reason for your vehicle's ABS light to come on is low battery voltage.

  • Clogged Valves in your brake line can prevent fluid from reaching the brakes, which is essential for the ABS to function properly.

Other ABS parts and mechanisms may break due to time and wear. If you see either of the two lights below on your dashboard, come in to have your ABS inspected and repaired

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