Brake Repair

Welcome to Tedious Repairs, the heartbeat of auto repair in Chico, California. Here, ‘tedious’ isn’t just a name—it’s our philosophy. We believe that the most effective brake repairs come from painstaking attention to detail, a deep understanding of every nut, bolt, and brake pad, and a commitment to doing the job right, no matter how long it takes.

Auto Repair

Our mechanics are trained to inspect the general condition of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles. We use complex testing equipment such as compression testers and engine analyzers. 

Vehicle Maintenance

Performing regular vehicle maintenance increases the life of your vehicle, improves fuel efficiency, and saves you money in the long run. It’s also a good way to prevent unexpected breakdowns.

Auto Diagnostic

Performing an auto-diagnostic test can save you money in the long run. If you catch problems before they become major, you can avoid expensive repairs down the road.

Parts & Replacement

While there are many types of auto parts, it’s important to know which to choose. Some parts need to be replaced more often than others, and some parts are more reliable than others.

Chico Brake Repair – Brake Basics


Brakes – your vehicle’s most vital safety feature. From gentle halts at traffic lights to high-speed emergency stops, they’re responsible for controlling your car’s motion. But how much do we know about maintaining and repairing them? Let’s journey into the world of auto brake repair.

The anatomy of a brake system involves various parts, including the brake pedal, master cylinder, brake lines, brake calipers, brake pads, and rotors. When you push the brake pedal, it sets off a sequence of actions leading to the brake pads pressing against the rotors, creating friction that halts your car.

Now, what screams ‘I need repair!’ in a brake system? Watch out for squeaking or grinding noises, longer stopping distances, or an illuminated brake warning light on your dashboard. Each symptom hints at different issues, from worn-out brake pads to problematic rotors.

So, you’ve spotted the signs, what next? Auto brake repair isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ job. It varies based on the problem at hand. It can be as simple as replacing worn-out brake pads or as complex as overhauling the entire brake system, particularly in modern vehicles equipped with advanced systems like ABS and AEB.

Remember, a healthy brake system is non-negotiable. Regular check-ups, say once a year or every 12,000 miles, can help maintain its efficiency. However, this can vary based on your car’s age, make, model, and usage.

Lastly, auto brake repair is a task best left to professionals. The intricacies of the job call for expert hands. Sure, a quick YouTube tutorial might tempt you into a DIY job, but remember, when it comes to safety, there’s no room for risks. Next we will look at a brief look at all the components of a automotive brake system.

Master Cylinder: When the brake pedal is pressed, it creates pressure in the master cylinder, which pushes brake fluid through the brake lines.

Brake Lines and Hoses: These transport brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brake calipers or wheel cylinders.

Brake Calipers and Wheel Cylinders: These components use the hydraulic pressure from the brake fluid to mechanically stop the vehicle. They push the brake pads (in a disc brake system) or brake shoes (in a drum brake system) against the rotor or drum.

Brake Pads and Brake Shoes: These components create friction against the rotors or drums, slowing or stopping the vehicle.


Rotors (for Disc Brakes) or Drums (for Drum Brakes): These are attached to the wheels. When the brake pads or shoes are pushed against them, they slow or stop the wheel.

Brake Booster: This is a device that amplifies the force the driver applies to the brake pedal to make it easier to stop the vehicle.

Brake Fluid: This is a type of hydraulic fluid that allows force to be transmitted through the brake system.


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Mechanical Drum Brake Repair

Mechanical drums are more similar to the brakes we have now compared to the wooden brake system. Gottlieb Daimler thought that if you attached a cable-wrapped drum to the vehicle’s chassis, that would make the vehicle and all of its momentum.

Mechanical drum brakes were made in the early 1900s. At this time, the two most common brakes were wood brakes and these brakes. Most of the newer cars had mechanical brakes, though!

Mechanical brakes were located on the outside of the vehicle. Technology was not yet advanced enough to have them inside the car. Because of this, brakes would often get ruined. They would constantly be exposed to the weather. This would cause them to fade away over time.

Hydraulic Brake Repair & How They Function

Hydraulic brakes were made in 1918. Malcolm Loughead was the first person to propose the idea of using hydraulics to stop a moving vehicle. The hydraulic system used fluids to make cars stop. Once the brake pedal was pressed, the liquid would transfer over and slow the car!

At first, no one wanted to use this braking system. But it could stop cars at faster speeds, was more reliable, and accessible, just the best comprehensive braking system yet! By the late 1920s, every car made was made with these brakes.

Hydraulic brakes use hydraulic fluid to operate. Today, many modern cars still use hydraulic brakes! They are still in use because of their effectiveness and ability to stop cars at fast speeds, unlike other brakes made at that time.

Expanding Eternal Shoe Brakes

Before the expanding eternal shoe brakes, all cars had their brakes on the outside of the vehicle. They would have problems very soon on in their life because they were constantly exposed to outside weather.

The expanding eternal shoe brakes were the first brakes to be located inside your vehicle. This brake would set the brakes that brakes were made for the rest of automotive history!

The eternal brakes were made in the mid to late 1900s. They began to become popular a few years after they had been invented. These eternal brakes would last much longer than other brakes because they were shielded from outside weather.

    Disc Brakes Overview

    In 1902, William Lanchester invented the Disc brake system. This system wasn’t popular until later on. By the mid-’20s, the brake system became more popular and commonly used.

    This brake system was not very efficient in distributing heat properly. But these brakes would allow you to brake better at faster speeds and stop the vehicle faster.

    People still use disc brakes today. They are often found in hybrids and bikes and things that. Some modern cars still use disc brakes, though.


    Common brake failures, repairs, and diagnostics. 


    Imagine navigating a bustling city without traffic signals. Chaotic, right? That’s what driving a vehicle with a faulty brake system is like. Your vehicle’s brake system, with its many components working in perfect harmony, is the unsung hero ensuring your rides are safe and smooth.

    Let’s embark on a journey through the key components of this intricate system, looking at common failures, repairs, and diagnostics for each.

    The first stop is the master cylinder, the heart of your brake system. When it malfunctions, your brake pedal might feel spongy, or your car might not stop as efficiently. Typically, the fix involves replacing the master cylinder. The diagnosis? A simple brake pedal test and a vigilant eye for brake fluid leaks can reveal the truth.

    Next up, the brake lines and hoses. Over time, they can wear out due to heat and harsh environmental conditions, leading to a loss of brake fluid and weaker brakes. Replacing the brake lines or hoses is the common repair. As for diagnosis, a visual inspection for leaks and checking their condition can set things straight.

    Our journey continues to the brake calipers. If they seize or stick due to corrosion, your brakes won’t work as well, and you might feel your car pulling to one side when braking. Repairs usually involve replacing or overhauling the calipers. The diagnosis comes down to a visual check-up and a brake performance test.

    Moving on to the brake pads, these workhorses wear down over time because of friction. If you hear a squeaking or grinding noise, or if your brakes seem less effective, it’s time for new brake pads. A simple visual check for wear can diagnose this issue.

    Last but not least, the rotors. Over time, they can warp or wear unevenly due to heat and friction. If your car shudders when braking, you’ve got a rotor problem. Repairs involve resurfacing or replacing the rotors, and diagnosis comes down to a visual inspection and a brake performance test.

    By understanding each component’s role, common failures, and repair techniques, you’ll be well-equipped to maintain your vehicle’s brake system, ensuring safer, smoother drives.

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    Brake Repair in Chico California

    Embrace the heart of precision and excellence with Tedious Repairs, your go-to car repair sanctuary nestled in sunny Chico, California.

    In our world, ‘tedious’ is synonymous with ‘meticulous’ – and nowhere is this more evident than in our unrivaled brake system repairs. We see each brake pad, rotor, and caliper not as mere parts, but as essential players in the symphony of your vehicle’s safety.

    Our expert team is devoted to finessing every note, ensuring your car’s performance sings with reliability and smoothness. In the realm of Tedious Repairs, we turn the intricacies of brake system repair into a masterful performance that’s music to our clients’ ears.


    • ABS
    • Brake Pads
    • Brake Drum
    • Brake Fluid
    • Flush
    • Brake Inspection
    • Brake Line and Hose
    • Brake Pads
    • Brake Service
    • Brake Rotors
    • Brake System Diagnosis
    Shaun HogueShaun Hogue
    17:55 21 Dec 22
    Tedious repairs did a great job on my vehicle. They made the repairs but also made recommendations for other things they saw that needed to be done. The staff was friendly and professional. I would recommend them to anyone.
    William KeithWilliam Keith
    19:48 10 Dec 22
    I love tedious repairs, he did everything I wanted done to my Audi as soon as the parts came in! Also more recently helped get an estimate on another vehicle I own, going out of his way to make sure I was informed. Super nice, excellent service, straight forward and fair priced
    Regina KirkRegina Kirk
    20:07 16 Nov 22
    Tedious is absolutely amazing..... they have done a awesome job with our audi. We will continue to go to them with all our car needs. Thank you Tedious auto repair we appreciate you. I recommend them to everyone.
    Sheryl Rausch-ClarkSheryl Rausch-Clark
    01:41 14 Oct 22
    Came in for a cheap oil change. They found that the brake pads on my car were low and got them repaired in the same day! Great service and friendly office lady!
    D.j. MuthD.j. Muth
    21:47 30 Sep 22
    not only did Tedious Repairs complete the job I had my Golf in for, but in addition he added a few repairs for a very reasonable price, (after confirming with me that it was O.K.) such as repairing a tire that had a nail in it; I will return to this business in the future for my auto's needs
    Jes BJes B
    14:36 13 Jul 22
    Buddy and his team of well qualified technicians always do a great job. I’ve taken my cars to them for nearly 20 years now, at least 3 different vehicles, and I cannot recommend them enough. They’re thorough, hard working and honest. Tough qualities to find in people now a days, let alone a mechanic!!!
    Garrett ShimamotoGarrett Shimamoto
    19:29 07 Jul 22
    This is the only place I take my vehicles to get worked on. Buddy and his team simply know the ins and outs of all varieties of vehicles. I have had A/C Repair, Oil Changes, Brakes, and a New Key Fob made all at Tedious Repairs. Pricing is honest and simply the best around town. You get an itemized list of all jobs that need to be done after a full diagnostic of your vehicle; and you can choose what you want done. No trickery
    Ashley WarrenAshley Warren
    03:56 17 Jun 22
    Highly recommend this shop! The owner is super friendly and was able to get my car in for a brake job the day that I called. It turned out to be extra work than we had initially thought and, once approved, they had no problem taking care of the extra work immediately. They also did a full car inspection with descriptions and pictures sent straight to my phone. The up front communication and honesty were both greatly appreciated. Brake price was the best that I found in town after much research. I will definitely be back for future repairs!
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