A-1 Auto Tech, Inc.
89 Pioneer Way
Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 487-2240

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How Do Brake Pads Stop A Car?

A-1 Auto Tech, Inc. 89 Pioneer Way Mountain View, CA 94041 (650) 487-2240A-1 Auto Tech, Inc. is the best Brake Pad Auto Repair Shop in Mountain View, CA. Whenever vehicle brakes wear out, the main wear item is the brake pads. These pads press against the brake rotors and drums (depending on the vehicle) when the brake pedal is pressed. This creates friction which slows the turning of the wheels and stops the car. As the brake pads wear out they get thinner and thinner. Finally their is not enough material left of the brake pads to slow the turning of the wheels.

How Do I Know When My Brake Pads Are Worn Out?

The most reliable way to know when your brake pads are getting worn out is to take a look at them and see. There should be at least 1/4 of an inch of pad left for them to function properly. If there is less than this you will see this when you inspect it. If the brake pads are so worn thin that the rivets that hold them together are digging into the metal rotor (or drum), you will see groves dug in to the metal surface of the rotor or drum. If you are uncertain if there is enough pad left on your brakes then we recommend you bringing it into our brake shop and we will give you our professional opinion.

In most recent models of cars manufacturers have started putting thin clips metal made of a softer metal than the rotor or drum metal that will start rubbing on the rotor or drum as soon as the brake pads become too thin. This makes a loud squeaking noise whenever the brakes are used alerting the driver that it is time to replace their brakes.

Why Show I Have A-1 Auto Tech, Inc. Replace My Brakes?

Well the short answer is because we are the best! We have been replacing vehicle brakes for more than 35 years. There are not many vehicles or situations that we have not seen. We are experts at brake repair and we make that expertise affordable and competitive. If you bring your car to us, whatever repair you have us do, you can trust that it will be done right the first time.

And finally, you should have us repair your brakes because we are committed to taking care of our customers. We know that without you we would not be in business and so we make it our goal to treat every customer exactly as we would want to be treated ourselves. You will not fine a brake shop with better customer service anywhere in silicone valley.