Long Beach Brake Pad Repair

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Throughout Southern California, vehicle owners rely on their cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on a daily basis. Driving conditions such as heavy traffic or stop and go driving put a lot of pressure on your vehicle’s engine and other components, even when you follow a scheduled maintenance routine.

When your automobile breaks down or is not performing properly, you need an auto repair shop that can handle all makes and models, foreign and domestic to make the necessary repairs, quickly, professionally and at a fair price.

You car’s brakes are one component of your vehicle that should be well maintained, invested in and understood. Having a quality, well-installed and reliable brake system is absolutely vital to the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road. Though the federal government sets quality standards for brakes installed in new vehicles, there are no regulations for replacement pads. Do you have problems with your brake pads? If so, the Advanced Computer Automotive staff is fully trained to handle any brake pad repair and brake diagnosis needs. ACA technicians know every part of your brake system inside and out. Our full line of brakes and brake repair services is the reason we’re one of California’s brake service leaders.

Brake pads are one of three primary parts of disk brakes – the others are calipers and a rotor. The rotation of your vehicle’s wheels is slowed by the friction created when two pads are pushed against either side of a rotor by a set of calipers. The pads are typically made of some friction material (can be a composite, ceramic, organic or metallic) and a steel backing plate. When you press down on the brake pedal, brake fluid is used to engage a piston that clamps the brake pads onto each rotor, and over time, the material gets worn down, and eventually you will need to change the brake pads.

When the pads become thin and need to be replaced, most pads will make a loud squealing noise every time the brakes are pressed. Other types may not cause squealing, but will turn on a warning light on the car’s dashboard. If all else fails, the best way to determine if your brake pads need to be replaced is by removing the tires and doing a visual inspection. If either one has a thickness less than 3/16 of an inch, then it’s time to replace them.

There are a number of factors that determine the amount of wear and tear that your brake pads are subjected to and, as a result, how long they will last in terms of mileage. The first is the quality of the brake pads and the type of friction material they use. The higher the quality, the longer the pads will last. Organic pads have the shortest stopping distance, but they don’t last as long because they use up more material per stop. Ceramic and semi-metallic pads last the longest, but have a shorter stopping distance.

The second factor is your personal driving style and the type of braking you do. Are you light on the brakes and slow down over a long distance or do you press the pedal down hard to stop at the last second? The harder you press, the faster the brakes will wear down.

Other factors include:

  • Geographical areas – hilly or mountainous areas are harder on brakes
  • The type of car you have – heavier and sportier cars use up brake pads faster
  • Driving style – the faster you drive and the more often you stop also affects wear and tear
  • Manual transmission – downshifting to control speed instead of using the brakes can greatly extend pad life

Overall, manufacturers state that pads should typically last between 30,000 and 70,000 miles for semimetallic pads.

When you need new brake pads, Advanced Computer Automotive is ready to help. We will diagnose brake pad problems accurately the first time and fix brake pads to OEM standard.

The auto repair experts at Advanced Computer Automotive are trained technicians who can perform brake pad repairs quickly and affordably, as well as all vehicles repairs regardless of type or make of vehicle. Our computer diagnostic equipment allows us to find the problem quickly and we only use OEM certified parts.

Southern California drivers depend on their vehicles as much or even more than in any other part of the country and many also depend on Advanced Computer Automotive to handle their car repair needs. Schedule your appointment online or call us at (562) 421-1905.