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Brake Services in Grand Terrace, CA

Brake Service

The braking system is one of a car’s most underrated or appreciated parts. When you suddenly need to slam on the brakes in traffic, you are counting on your brakes to do the job they are supposed to.

Most folks understand how their vehicle’s brakes work and are likely familiar with brake pads. However, the brake system is a complicated and precise mechanism that most people need to comprehend fully. Learning how a vehicle’s brakes work and what to look for in terms of performance is a critical step toward becoming a more knowledgeable and safe driver.

Read this blog to get an idea about how brake service is performed.

Different kinds of Brakes

Disc Brakes

Typically, disc brakes include a brake rotor linked directly to the wheel. The master cylinder’s hydraulic pressure causes a caliper (which holds the brake pads just outside the rotor) to squeeze the brake pads on either side of the rotor. The friction between the pads and the rotor slows and stops the vehicle.

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes are comprised of a brake drum that is attached to the inside of the wheel. When you press the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure pushes two brake shoes against the brake drum. This causes friction and slows or stops the vehicle.

Emergency Brakes

Emergency brakes, also referred to as parking brakes, are a secondary braking system that operates independently of the service brakes.

While there are numerous emergency brakes (a stick lever between the driver and passenger, a third pedal, a push button or handle near the steering column, etc.), almost all emergency brakes are backed by cables that relate mechanical pressure to the wheels.

Anti-lock brakes

Most modern models have anti-lock braking systems (ABS). If the static brakes are suddenly applied, ABS prevents the wheels from locking up, preventing the tires from skidding. This characteristic is handy, especially when driving on wet and slick roads.

Key factors that your car brakes need service or replacement

Brakes are a vital part of any moving object; the ability to control what speed you are traveling at is critical and cannot be overlooked. So, if you have an old car, keep an eye out for these signs of failing brakes. Here are some warning signs:

Dashboard brake warning light

A regular hint that something is wrong with the brakes. The main reason for this light to show up is either in low brake fluid pressure or worn-out brake pads. The brake light indicates that the car requires immediate attention to determine the source of the problem, and you should take it to a repair shop as soon as possible for a brake inspection.

Car pulling to one side while braking

It could mean several things if you realize the car is pulling to one side while braking. You either have low tire pressure, a worn-out brake pad, or one of the brake calipers is stuck.

If checking the pressure in your car tires does not solve the problem, you should consult a mechanic. If the car pulls to one side even when not braking, it means one of the brake calipers is permanently stuck and needs to be repaired before causing further damage.

Rush to Protrans & get your brakes repaired in Grand Terrace!

If you are looking for the best service for your braking system in Grand Terrace, look no further than Protrans. We specialize in automobile repair and maintenance. Our excellent services include Diesel Engine Repair, AC Repair, Car & Truck Care, Electronic Services, Engine & Transmission, Alignment Heating and Cooling Services, and Brakes.

Our Customer Reviews

Clean, knowledgable, experienced and professional. Prices were more than fair and they were a pleasure to work with on rebuild of my Ford Transit Connect's transmission. Planning on having them repair my GMC diesel next.

Rob Brown Mar 3, 2023

This is an excellent repair shop. I’ve been using ProTrans for years and they always do fantastic work.

Kevin Esterling Mar 3, 2023

Great customer service, fast and affordable repairs. Been going here for years, my family takes their cars here as well, and we all love it!

Josh Jeffery Mar 3, 2023

Truck running in limp mode. Message to service exhaust system now. Called and they told me to bring it in. This was on a Friday. By Monday it was diagnosed as a diesel particulate filter plugged up. Regen did not solve the problem. Suggested replacement of entire exhaust after treatment system. I ok’d the work. Took two weeks to get the scarce parts. Great word great people to work with. Highly recommend this shop.

Jim & Linda Walker May 5, 2020

Had to have the transmission totally rebuilt. Got it done in a week and am really satisfied. They did a wonderful job. Thanks for your help.

Jim Perod Feb 2, 2023

Repaired transmission last year and front suspension last week. Just checked with my son, who drove for first time today for significant time: "Drives great thanks for everything" So everything is great. Your usual great work!

michael mattox Feb 2, 2023

4 yr customer (car and van). Competitive prices, excellent and fast service. Wonderful staff (Jeff, Michael etc.) No return on services performed. 💝

Kathy Moore Feb 2, 2023

Went in with a problem, left with out a problem that’s what everyone likes when they take the vehicles in. Front office was so helpful and professional! I would recommend this places to everyone hands down !!! Fixed my truck within 2 days . I give this shop 5 stars rating . You can trust this shop with out worrying !! My truck runs amazing now !!!

Gustavo Sanchez Feb 2, 2023

Really good service and attitude. Brake checks for free and oil change for $100, would say best in Riverside.

Bonan Shen Feb 2, 2023

replaced waterpump, theromastat, adapter and flex fran. very pleased with the work.

Juanita Bigelow Feb 2, 2023

This was my first time visit at Protrans Automotive, I did not know what to expect and was worried about how bad my car was and what it would cost me. Jeff greeted me and was very professional and welcoming. While my car was being repaired, I made arrangements to rent a car at a rental place, which was about 1/2 mile away. I was offered a ride to the car rental place by Protrans, which was really nice and accommodating since the weather was very frigid that morning. That afternoon, Jeff called me and advised my car was ready and it was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. I was pleased with their hospitality and professionalism. I am happy with my car and it is running great!!! Thank you for your great service.

Stella Sayers Jan 1, 2023

Excellent and kind car service. I did a walk-in oil change and stayed throughout the appointment. Their guest area is very clean. They were efficient and very clear with me about the service and price. I would highly recommend.

Pauline Carey-Jones Jan 1, 2023

I’ve been brining my cars to ProTrans for years (including my Mercedes). They are trustworthy, knowledgeable and back up the work that they do. Highly recommend

Dawn Jeffery Jan 1, 2023

I trust this company with my car from a simple oil change to major repairs, they always friendly they even offer cold bottle water and a comfy room to wait with a t.v

Bridget ******* Jan 1, 2023

Great place. Great atmosphere. I could tell there was a lot of respect from everyone to everyone, employees and customers.

Ben Middleton Jan 1, 2023

After buying a used 01 civic I was not sure where to go for trusted repairs, everyone was friendly and very smart. All my repairs were done in a timely manner my car feels like a new 2022 this will be my go to mechanic for all my vehicles. Thank you very much ! Shout out to Jeff and all the service department you guys are awesome!

Victor Hurtado Dec 12, 2022

Where do i start.. Wednesday afternoon 3pm before Thanksgiving on way home to Phoenix, car goes into limp mode, got referred to Protrans. Called them they agreed to take a look. Diagnosed, parts ordered and Throttle Body replaced and road tested. So very excited to know that there are still Honest shops out there that actually care about their clients. Highly recommend Protrans.

Jerry Griffus Nov 11, 2022

Very friendly! They checked our car and gave us professional recommendations for free! Will surely go back to them when next oil change needed.

Yuan-Lu Chen Nov 11, 2022

Went in for transmission repair, after diagnosing the problem they told me I didn't need a full rebuild saving me well over $1,000.00. They found some safety issues I wasn't aware of and I had them take care of all of them. The truck is running great! Thank you Protrans.

ray zambrano Nov 11, 2022

Professional, clean, courteous, helpful and reasonable.

Kevin Mahoney Nov 11, 2022

Jeff, Matt and Hayley and the team at ProTrans did an incredible job and went above and beyond for us. We had a one of a kind, 1970 Ford Chinook MotorHome that made it down to Joshua Tree from Homer Alaska. It sat during the plandemic and we finally rescued her almost 3 years later. She did not deal with the transition to desert life smoothly and was leaking badly and ran terribly. We had her towed to Riverside and found ProTrans from a referral from another shop. The team at ProTrans rebuilt the transmission and went through the engine to get us back on the road without breaking our budget. Jeff was good about communicating and Matt even drove over the day after we picked it up to help assess some issues that came up on the way home. Can’t say enough about the professionalism, care, and service we received and would recommend them to anyone for all car repairs!

Josh Munk Oct 10, 2022

Great people

david glenn Sep 9, 2022

Customer service is excellent! Job was completed promptly. Price was reasonable. They were honest and courteous. I would definitely use their services again, and I highly recommend them. Glen R. Gribas.

Glen Gribas Oct 10, 2022

Protrans-Honest, reliable, and the price is right. Had a great experience doing business with Protrans. Jeff and the crew are all awesome individuals. Now I'm a loyal customer. No need to look anywhere else. Protrans will take care of all your car or truck repairs.

Tom Sawyer Sep 9, 2022

Found and fixed the problem quickly with no upselling

Kyle Sweeney Sep 9, 2022

Protrans has a friendly and professional staff that provides good quality work.

Daniel Diaz Sep 9, 2022

Quality work, and fantastic costumer service!

Ruben Manriquez Sep 9, 2022

Highly professional. Fair prices. Very satisfied.

Sean Rhoades Sep 9, 2022

Exceptionally kind and professional. When your car needs maintenance this is the place to go!

Charlie Sykes Aug 8, 2022

Very polite and professional people and prices that were reasonable also. They also followed up to see how I liked their work. They rebuilt the transmission on my H2 Hummer. Everything seems great, and nice people to deal with.

Steve Urban Aug 8, 2022

This shop is the best at taking care of the needs of your car or truck. Straight up honesty & knowledge. Definitely would recommend!

Colin Ryan Aug 8, 2022

Coolant System - Thank you guys so much for the honest work on my car. I can't thank you enough! Awesome job AND for staying late since I was stuck in traffic. May God bless you guys!

Eseta Moala Aug 8, 2022

Good Day; The service at "Protrans" was "Top Notch " ! Before I took my car to "Protrans", I took it to another service center and I was told that it needed a Transmission Replacement to the tune of $3,500.00. I then took it to "PROTRANS" for a second opinion and their tec found that all that was needed was for the front wheel bearing to be replaced. That was a savings of over $3,000.00 dollars 💵. So if you need ANY work done on your automobile I would have "PROTRANS" ✔ it out first. T. Van Dorn

Thomas Van Dorn Jul 7, 2022

Good solid business!! Good customer service!! My car was handled with care!!! Appreciate you all!!!

Felipe Avila Jul 7, 2022

Brought my 01 accord in and they were extremely courteous, quick and efficient with their services. I honestly wouldn’t recommend any other shop in the riverside area besides them. 10/10 you literally can’t go wrong choosing them!

Keanu Ivey Jul 7, 2022

A honest and dependable place to take your car.

Gloria Lopez Oct 10, 2021

Very grateful and impressed with Hayley Jeff and Mike at ProTrans. Dealer quoted $3000 for a new transmission. Took it to ProTrans for a second opinion. They honestly called and reported that it was just an issue with the driveshaft and $150 later I was out the door. I appreciate the honesty and integrity of Jeff and this company. Would highly recommend and would return!

shane emery Jul 7, 2022

If you’re looking for an honest and affordable automotive service, this is the place. I took my 2010 Ford Focus and they fixed my issue at a reasonable price and provided recommendations to enhance my vehicle. I did take the recommendations and my car runs like new. They have great customer service and now I’m a loyal customer!

Steven Pacheco Jul 7, 2022

Very professional outfit there. These guys did great work on my Kia. I know those parts were hard to find too. My car has never run better. Highly recommend this place...Just an update I was called by the owner I believe a month ago. He was checking in to make sure everything was still OK. Thanks. You definitely don't see that kind of follow up, and customer service much. You guys are great.

Thomas Apr 4, 2022

I told my mom (Anna) that this place seemed like a great place based off the reviews. Let me tell you these people are amazing they fixed the transmission to our 2012 Kia over a month ago and the car is still doing great just passed it smog test. They were incredibly kind to my mother and sympathetic to our situation they even gave her a ride home. They worked quickly we would have gotten our car a day earlier than we did but our phone number was incorrect but never the less I would highly recommend them.

Sophie Jul 7, 2022

Had a good experience. The staff were friendly and honest.

Roy Hornaday Jun 6, 2022

Jeff, Hayley, Mike and the whole Crew at pro trans are great! They are professional, up front and most of all honest. I have used their service on multiple occasions and always left feeling confident that my van was fixed right and that I got a fair price. I recommend them to everyone!!

Nasser Dahdul Aug 8, 2020

Had an 2 quart over fill from another business that caused a leak on my transmission Protrans fixed the leak and brought the fluid down to where it's supposed to be, I thank the people at Protrans for helping me get my truck to where it's supposed to be before any damage could be done !!

Ralph Delgado Jun 6, 2022

My alternator went out on my car while I was driving to Arizona with my 3 dogs and a cat , to say I was stressed is an understatement and they had my car up and running before lunch time!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the service and their kindness.. Thanks Jeff!!👍

Lisa Baker Jun 6, 2022
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