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Long Beach Brake Repair and Inspections

Brake repair is never something that should ignore. With that being said, one of the most important elements in any vehicle  besides the engine are the brakes. Your engine powers the car and makes you move but the brakes make you stop. Unfortunately, most drivers in Long Beach don’t think about their brakes until they stop working. To help avoid that scenario we would like to share some signs that it’s time to get your brake system inspected. One of the most common failures for brake are the brake pads. If they are regularly inspected you can get them replaced before they cause any serious damage to your braking system. While prices can vary depending on your vehicle, the cost is still relatively inexpensive compared to a complete brake system overhaul.

With the majority of newer vehicles, the front brakes depend on large metal discs called “rotors”. The rotors are mounted just behind each of the front wheels. Above each of the rotors is a clamping mechanism called a “caliper”. When you apply pressure to the brake pedal, the calipers will start to close, squeezing the rotors from both sides. This action creates friction, and as a result slows your vehicle until it comes to a safe stop.

Inside the calipers are “Brake Pads”, Pads, as per their name that are mounted to make contact with the rotors during the previously mentioned process.  Unfortunately, the friction stopping process will eventfully wear down the brake pads. Sadly, brake pads will not last forever.  So depending on your driving habits or if you travel more city versus freeway can also take a toll on the pads wearing them out quicker. When your brake pads get to worn they won’t work as well as they should. If this happens you may need brake repair and that’s when to visit or schedule a FREE appointment with the experts at Orozco’s Auto Service.

Possible sign for brake repair:

Stopping takes longer than it used to
This is “brake fade.” This is usually a result of applying the brakes over a vast distance without bringing the car to a full stop. Sometime this can be a bad driving habit know as “ridding the brakes”, some people are overly cautious which can wear on your brakes. This can also happen while driving down a mountainside or over winding roads. However, if you live in an area will lots of hills you ridding the brakes may not be avoidable—but, over time it will take a toll on your braking system.

Clicking noises
Some vehicles, brake pads fit snugly into a special holding device. Other vehicles keep them steady with pins, clips or bolts. The common goal behind these designs is to keep the brake pads from wobbling. If they become loose, they will begin to rattle. What happens next is a clicking sound that rings out when the brake pedal is pushed or released.

Your car pulls to one side when braking
Brake pads don’t always wear out at the same rate. Depending on your daily Long Beach commute, following the same turns day after day can result in uneven wear. Should this occur, your vehicle may pull slightly to one side or the other when you use the brakes. Leaving this problem unchecked can put unnecessary stress on your vehicles suspension like the ball joints, steering knuckles, wheel bearings and more.

Vibrations when the brake is pressed
If your brake pedal shakes whenever you step on it your brake pads may be the problem. Brake pads are typically held together with a binding resin. As each brake pad wears down, this adhesive gets hot and can get smeared across the rotor. Under the best of  circumstances, it will form a layer that’s evenly spread over the disc’s surface. But if a brake pad gets overheated, the resin may not be distributed uniformly. This is called this issue “glazing” and it can cause brake pedals to vibrate.

Screeching noises
Most brake pads are built with “wear indicators.” Wear indicators are small metal tabs located near the top of typical brake pads. When the brake pad wears down an unsafe level, the indicator will scrape against the rotor. This creates a distinctive grating noise which warns drivers that the brake pads are in immediate need of service. If you ignore this to long the pads can completely wear our forcing your vehicle to stop with metal grinding on metal that will destroy your rotors and lead to complete brake failure.

If your vehicle is showing any of the above signs, or you feel your vehicle’s brake system needs service or are not sure and would like to have your brakes inspected, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach in Bixby Knolls today at 562-427-4256. Always keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!

Orozco’s Auto Service Long Beach / Bixby Knolls – Los Angeles County CA
3619 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA USA
Call Today: 562-427-4256 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repair

Orozco’s Auto Service has five convenient locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties Long BeachBellflowerGarden Grove or Fullerton!

Business Hours

Mon – Fri: 7:30AM – 5:30PM
Sat: 7:30AM – 4:00PM
Sunday: Closed


  • 3619 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach
  • 562-427-4256
  • 9665 Alondra Blvd. Bellflower
  • 562-920-1871 & 562-920-1873
  • 3033 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach
  • 562-426-6322
  • 1018 W. Orangethorpe Ave. Fullerton
  • 714-525-3239
  • 12776 Nutwood Street Garden Grove
  • 714-537-0076
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Long Beach, Bellflower, Compton, Artesia, Carson, Cerritos, Downey, Lakewood, Norwalk, Paramount, Signal Hill, Wilmington, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Orange County

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