Get Your Brakes Inspected. A life could depend upon it!

Brake Service & Repair in Santa Rosa, CA is readily available at Tristar Automotive. Your car's braking system requires routine maintenance and should not be neglected - a life could depend upon it - maybe your own.

Forces applied by the brake shoes against the brake drum generate substantial amounts of heat while applying frictional forces to the brake drums in order to bring your vehicle to a safe stop. Friction and heat wear out parts, meaning your car may not stop as quickly as it should - especially under a panic stop scenario.

If you reside in Santa Rosa, then you are already aware of how traffic on the city's streets has increased dramatically over the passed decade and you really need to be on your toes to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you while operating your vehicle.

Don't procrastinate a moment longer! Bring your automotive brake service & repair work to the ASE Certified professionals at Tristar Automotive. Our ASE Certified technicians stand-ready to accomplish tasks from a routine Brake Inspection and Brake System Flush or diagnosing issues with a complex ABS Brake System to a complete overhaul of your brake system if necessary.

Automotive drum brake service and repair for Sebastopol at Tristar Automotive.

Automotive Drum Brakes - Shoe & Drum Setup

Example of drum brake setup.

The illustration to the right depicts the basic drum brake system. This particular setup has a leading and trailing shoe actuated by a single piston.

You will notice a backing plate behind the brake shoes. The backplate generally attaches to a flange fixed near the end of the axle housing. Its purpose is to provide attachement points for the hydraulic cylinder and brake shoe retention springs. The backplate also keeps dirt or debri from entering the brake drum area and making contact with the brake shoes or related parts.

The brake cylinder is actuated when the driver depresses the brake pedal, forcing hydraulic fluid to actuate pistons at opposing ends of the cylinder to push the brake shoes outward and make contact with the drum, consequently slowing wheel rotation. When the driver releases the brake pedal, brake return springs attached to the brake shoes, pull the shoes inward and away from the drum, allowing free rotation to resume.

Having conducted business for more than 20 years in Sonoma County has allowed us to develop many close ties with our local community and remain sensitive to local issues and concerns - especially where our environment is concerned. Our brake repair & service customers will be pleased to know their brake service or repair will not result in damage to our delicate environment. Tristar Automotive complies with all E.P.A. and regulatory standards - ensuring proper containment, recycling or disposal of hazardous waste fluids (e.g. brake fluid, engine oil, AC refrigerants, batteries, power steering fluid, etc.) and implements environmentally-friendly products during the course service & repair whenever feasible.

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Tristar Automotive Service & Repair


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Tristar Automotive provides professional automotive service and repair to Santa Rosa, CA and beyond.