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The Value Of Brake Inspections

The moment you realize your car needs to stop, nothing is more important!

Reducing your car to its basic functions, they are: start, run, go, stop. Many advanced features are layered on top, but at the time you need each of these basic functions there is really nothing more important.

Brakes, by definition, are consumable items. Using hydraulic pressure and friction to stop your vehicle, they create a lot of heat in the process. Brakes wear thin over time, and we expect to replace them. Quality brakes cost money, and we don’t want to replace them too soon. That is where brake inspections come in.

A proper brake inspection checks many items. It begins with a test drive to experience what you experience. We listen for noises, and we pay attention to vibrations or pulls. We check brake pedal operation, and verify that the brake lights illuminate. We remove each wheel to inspect and measure the components underneath: pad or shoe thickness, rotor or drum wear. We inspect caliper functionality and look for fluid leaks. Under the hood we check the master cylinder for leaks, fluid level, and fluid condition. Sometimes a brake light or ABS (antilock brake system) warning light on the dash indicates a deeper issue, and programming or wheel speed sensors may be involved. Typically the results of the inspection are that we can provide a precise estimate for components your vehicle requires.

“Free” brake inspections generally aren’t free; estimates given over the telephone without an inspection generally are not accurate. Inspections require time, tools, and talent to perform, and they check many factors. Brake inspections performed for free mean the repair shop is at a loss, and is looking for ways to make up that loss, possibly by recommending something you don’t need.

At Performance Tune Auto Repair, sometimes we work on the “go!” and sometimes we work on the “whoa!”.  Do you feel something is out of place with your brakes? Call to schedule your brake inspection today.