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Brake Repair in Houston, TX

brake repair in Houston, TXThere’s not one system on your vehicle that’s more critical to your safety than properly-functioning brakes. It seems like it should be easy to spot brake problems as they develop, but you’d be surprised how many people come in to our shop for this crucial auto repair only when their brakes are pretty far gone already. Here are some important signs of impending brake problems: 

Metallic grinding or squealing sound 
Brake pedal that feels “mushy” or “spongy,” or excessive brake pedal travel before brakes engage
Pulsating sensation through brake pedal
Vibration or pull to one side when braking
Dashboard ABS light illuminated
Excessive stopping distance
 

How Do Brakes Work? 

Think about the handbrakes on a bicycle, and that’s similar to how your car’s disc brakes work. 
Your wheels are mounted to studs on a smooth steel disc, or “rotor.” A caliper is mounted on the rotor, and when you apply the brakes, hydraulic pressure moves a piston inside the caliper and forces two pads of ceramic or semimetallic friction material onto the rotor. The friction from the pads then slows the car to a stop. Older vehicles often feature drum brakes on the rear; on these systems, curved brake shoes expand inside a steel drum and drag on its lining to slow the vehicle. 
 
The friction material on the pads is bonded to a steel backing plate; over time, the pads wear down and expose the steel plate. The plate then starts to dig into the glassy-smooth surface of the rotor, cutting grooves in it; at this point, your car is definitely unsafe and in need of brake repair!
Many brake pads are designed with a steel tab attached to the backing plate. This tab functions as a wear indicator, dragging along the rotor and creating an awful noise before the friction material is worn completely down to the rivets. If you’re hearing a screech whenever you apply the brakes, it’s time for this important auto repair. 
 
Modern cars also are designed with antilock braking systems (ABS). ABS uses a series of sensors that monitor the speed of each spinning wheel. As you apply the brakes, the sensors send information back to the car’s central computer, which then proportions the braking pressure to each wheel via pumps and valves. ABS is an important safety feature that helps maintain control in bad weather or during panic stops. 
 

Brake Repair Tips

Not all brake repair places are the same, and not all brake repair services are the same. At McIntyre Automotive in Houston, TX, you can expect OEM-quality parts on every brake repair job, resurfacing or replacement of brake rotors if needed and a thorough inspection of brake lines, ABS components and all other parts of your car’s brake system. 
 
Remember that the sooner you act on this critical safety-related auto repair, the easier and cheaper it’s going to be. It’s about more than price, though – your safety is literally riding on brake repair! Give us a call and make an appointment at McIntyre Automotive in Houston, TX and let us take care of your car’s brakes and other auto repair needs.