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The most common brake systems on vehicles consist of hydraulically operated disc and drum brakes. Most vehicles have front discs and rear drums. More vehicles are being produced with 4 wheel disc brakes. The system is activated when pressure is applied to the brake pedal. By this action the pressurized brake fluid moves through the various lines and hoses which in turn forces the calipers and wheel cylinders to expand and moves the pads and shoes into contact with the rotors and drums creating friction and reducing the vehicle's speed.

Common Problems

Due to the variety of components in a brake system it is very important to have a thorough inspection completed at least once a year. Should you notice any abnormalities in the brake system such as unusual sounds, soft or low pedal, vibration, pulsation or ABS Light illuminated, have the system checked immediately. Early detection will reduce costs due to neglect, which may cause undue damage to brake components.

Scheduled Maintenance

A proper inspection consists of:

  • Road test vehicle
  • Remove all wheels
  • Inspect friction material (pads & Shoes)
  • Analyze¬† & measure Drums & Rotors
  • Inspect calipers & slides
  • Inspect master cylinder
  • Inspect hoses, wheel cylinders, valves and spring kits
  • Inspect axles seals
  • Inspect ABS valves & components
  • Test brake fluid for contamination