Brake System Service and Repair in Katy
Your car’s brake system is pretty complex. Besides pads and rotors, your car’s brake system has many hydraulic parts and possibly includes computer-controlled features such as anti-lock braking and Emergency Brake Assist.
Regularly inspecting and maintaining your brakes is important for your safety but also will help detect and prevent premature wear to the operating hardware and hydraulic components. Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture and becomes contaminated. This degrades the fluid’s corrosion inhibitors causing the brake system to corrode from the inside out. Having the knowledge and properly diagnosing brake problems is important. Failure to detect and fix the underling cause of your brake problems will not only cause additional damage and repair costs but can also be extremely dangerous to your safety.
At Auto Check Elite, you can expect more than just changing pads and topping of brake fluid when it come to maintaining your brake system. We include a lot of detail in our brake system services and repair procedures and take tremendous care in the quality of our work and parts we use to ensure you leave our shop feeling safe and confident.
Our Comprehensive Brake System Inspection
If you notice anything unusual about how your brakes sound, feel or function
you should bring your vehicle in for our detailed Brake Inspection as soon as possible.
- Common Problems
- Our Inspections
- Our Services
- Our Warranty
Brake Problems and Symptoms
Noise: Squeak, squeal, metal grinding, clatter, rattling or clunking noise. Any type of noise coming from the brakes could indicate a major problem and should not be ignored regardless of its intensity or frequency of occurrence.
Pull: The vehicle veers to one side only when applying the brakes. This could indicate an uneven distribution of braking power to the wheels, causing potentially very dangerous situations, especially on wet surfaces and at high speeds.
Sticky Pedal: After applying the brake there is a noticeable delay for the pedal to come up to its resting position. This could be caused by numerous problems such as worn springs or bushings on the brake pedal assembly, faulty ABS pump, brake booster, etc. This definitely requires a thorough inspection of the entire brake system.
Spongy Pedal: The brake pedal goes all the way down to the floor and may still not apply enough force for effective stopping. This is normally caused by low brake fluid level or air trapped in the brake system. Either of the two indicates a problem with the brake system since it is a closed system and nothing should either get in or go out.
Hard Pedal: A lot of force is required to push the pedal down. This could indicate a blockage in brake fluid flow, a stuck caliper piston or wheel cylinder or some other issue. This definitely requires immediate inspection of the entire brake system.
Vibration: A shaking or vibration normally felt in the steering wheel when braking. This is usually caused by one or more warped disc brake rotors. As pads wear down so do the rotors. If they are too thin they are subject to warping and causing the pad to shimmy against the rotor. If left unchecked this could lead to loosening and damage to all types of components on your vehicle.
Scope of Our Inspection
- First, all wheels will be removed to allow access for properly inspecting all brake parts
- If applicable – Rear brake drums will be removed to inspect internal brake components
- Inspection and measuring of brake pads & rotors, drums & shoes (if applicable)
- Inspection of pads for uneven wear, damage and defects
- Inspection of rotors for grooves, cracks, heat spots, glazing and warpage
- Inspection of clips, pins and guides
- Inspection of calipers, pistons and brackets
- Inspection of fluid lines for leaks and overall condition
- Inspection for any damage caused by impact or foreign objects such as road debris, rocks, etc.
- Inspection of brake fluid level and condition
- Inspection for brake fluid leaks from master cylinder, booster, fluid reservoir, hoses and lines
- A complete inspection report and recommendations
- A detailed written estimate with itemized parts and labor charges
- Replacement of brake pads, rotors, wear sensors and other required parts with:
- Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Parts. Exp: Motorcraft for Ford and Jurid, Pagid or Textar for BMW
- Quality Aftermarket Brake Parts. Exp: Wagner, StopTech, Brembo, etc.
- Resurfacing / machining of ALL rotors and drums
- Replacement of applicable parts such as wear sensors, pins, guides, springs and other hardware
- Lubrication of brake calipers and hardware
- Tightening of brake line fittings and all bolts and nuts
- Adding brake fluid and removing any trapped air caught in the brake lines
- Test drive and perform any final re-adjustments that may be needed
Our brake service is backed with our amazing 3 Years – 36,000 Miles Warranty.
By using quality replacement parts and adhering to a rigorous service procedure we make sure that your new brakes not only stop your car but due so smoothly, reliably and without any squeals, squeaks or shakes. If for any reason you do not feel 100% satisfied with your new brakes we will tweak, adjust or redo them completely till you are!
Note: Due to the nature of brakes, the warranty does not cover normal wear to pads/shoes or rotors/drums or
any damage due to impact, collision, aggressive braking or habitual “brake riding” or “lefty braking”.
Book Your Appointment Now!
Come in and get a peace of mind knowing your car’s brake system will go through
a rigorous inspection process by the Top Brake Service Specialists in town.