Brakes & Brake Pads
Don’t wait until your brakes make funny noises, start grinding, squealing or the pedal starts pulsating to have them inspected.
Periodic checks of your brakes and brake components may save you money on your next brake job service.
If you’re hearing unusual sounds when you brake or if your brake pedal is feeling squishy, spongy or too hard, have us do a brake inspection for you. We’ll tell you if there’s something wrong and what it’ll take to get your brakes properly fixed.
REMINDER: Brake fluid is one of the most neglected maintenance items. Brake fluid is hygroscopic (absorbs moisture from the air) and therefore needs to be replaced on average every two years or 30,000 miles to avoid corrosion. Ninety percent of all vehicles on the road exceed the safety limit. Call us RIGHT NOW and get your brake fluid replaced. 936-564-0236
The Importance of Brake Repair
Brakes are the single most important safety feature of your vehicle. Whether slowing down to a stop or braking all of a sudden to avoid a collision, you must be able to trust that your brakes will work immediately in any situation. If you are not confident in your vehicle’s ability to brake firm and straight then it is time for brake service.
At Wells Automotive Service, we are concerned about the safety of our customers. We do not want you to experience a scary brake failure while you are driving. Maintaining your brakes is an important step to maintaining your car as a whole and finding the right auto maintenance shop to help keep you on track is essential. If you are not quite sure when the time might be right to have your brakes inspected then let us help you identify some of the signs.
Disc brakes consist of a Disc Brake Rotor, which is attached to the wheel, and a Caliper, which holds the Disc Brake Pads. Hydraulic pressure from the Master Cylinder causes the Caliper Piston to clamp the Disc Brake Rotor between the Disc Brake Pads. This creates friction between the pads and rotor, causing your car to slow down or stop.
- Disc brake rotors and pads
- Calipers and hardware
Drum brakes consist of a Brake Drum attached to the wheel, a Wheel Cylinder, Brake Shoes and Brake Return Springs. Hydraulic pressure from the Master Cylinder causes the Wheel Cylinder to press the Brake Shoes against the Brake Drum. This creates friction between the shoes and drum to slow or stop your car.
- Brake Drums and Shoes
- Wheel Cylinders
- Brake Return Springs
Anti-Lock Brakes – A System Built For Safety:
Computer-controlled anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are a recently developed safety feature. When sudden stops are made, the ABS prevents wheel lock-up. The system is comprised of wheel-speed sensors that monitor wheel rotation, computer-controlled hydraulics that pulse the brakes on and off rapidly, and the on-board computer.