Brake Repair

Brake Repair, Service, and Inspections in San Antonio, TX

Auto Service Experts Brake Shop

Brake Service and Brake Repair San Antonio

 

For top quality, reliable brake repair in San Antonio, trust your vehicle to the specialists at Auto Service Experts. Our ASE Certified Master Technicians have been specializing in automotive braking systems for over 20 years. We use only high quality & OEM parts to ensure lasting performance and safety, and back our work with a complete warranty on parts and labor.

 

Your vehicle's brakes are integral to the safety of you and your family and are one of the most important automotive systems to monitor and service regularly. Without proper maintenance and timely repair, the wear and tear on your car brakes can increase the time and distance required to stop your vehicle in an emergency. Routine maintenance also helps avoid more serious repairs in the future. Having the pads replaced at recommended intervals can prevent damage to rotors and save money in the long run. Having a brake inspection by a certified mechanic at regular intervals also helps to catch minor problems before they become larger ones.

 

Many of our brake pad replacements feature CarQuest Wearever pads which are specially engineered to provide exceptional stopping power, extended lifetime performance of your vehicle's brakes, and cleaner wheels. These ceramic and semi-metallic formulated pads are designed for quiet, smooth, and consistent braking, and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. If you are unsure which are the best pads to use for your specific vehicle and driving conditions, call and speak with one of our friendly automotive consultants- we are always happy to help!

 

Our professional mechanics are committed to providing exceptional service at affordable prices.

Rear drum brakes replacement on Chevy Truck   Disk brake replacement on Chevrolet

Custom machine work to replace rear drum brakes on a 1974 Chevy K5 Blazer with rear disk brakes from a 2005 Chevy Avalanche 4x4.

 

Following a few driving and brake service/maintenance tips helps prevent major repair due to unnecessary damage to the system. See our Auto Repair Blog for helpful advice on this topic and much more! Watch the video on this page for information on System Operation and Importance of Routine Service!

 

Several common signs indicate a need for brake service:

Dashboard Brake Light

Your vehicle is equipped with a dashboard brake service/repair warning light to alert you to problems within the system such as low fluid or worn brake pads. Do not ignore this light! Having an inspection immediately upon noticing this light can prevent you from causing further damage, save you money, and possibly save your life! That being said, there are also circumstances when repair is required but the warning light does not come on, so it is best to follow the manufacturer recommended service/ inspection schedule. For more detail on this subject see our blog article on automotive maintenance and vehicle safety warning lights.

 

A car's dashboard brake light connects to both your emergency brake and your auto braking system. It automatically illuminates when the E brake is engaged. If it remains illuminated when the E brake is off, it indicates an issue. The most common issue is low brake fluid. Low fluid is not caused by normal wear and tear, it doesn't evaporate or get used up. This means that it is likely caused by a leak in the system (possibly in a hose, connection, or the reservoir).

 

Some vehicles are also equipped with a wear indicator which will trigger the light when the pads are worn down to a certain level and need to be replaced. If pads are extremely worn, the piston has to travel further to make contact, pulling additional brake fluid down with it. In this situation, the fluid level is low because it has a greater area to cover, not because fluid has leaked out leaving less in the system.

 

Issues within the ABS (Antilock Braking System) may cause a warning light which is amber in color. Most modern vehicles are equipped with a separate ABS light. A red warning light could mean a system imbalance and indicates that your vehicle is in need of a brake check.

 

Grinding

A metallic grinding noise means that the pads need to be replaced immediately. Driving with worn through pads causes more damage to your vehicle, can turn a minor problem into a major one, and most importantly, endangers you and others. This is one of the most serious signs of a vehicle which desperately needs maintenance.

 

Low or Fading Pedal

If your pedal sinks down to your floorboard when you stop your car or if you have to pump the pedal in order to stop the vehicle, this could indicate an internal leak in the master cylinder or lines. This is a serious and potentially dangerous condition which requires immediate attention by qualified technicians.

 

Brake Drag/ Vehicle Pulling To The Side

Caliper slides or pistons can become stuck causing them to apply uneven pressure. Catching this problem quickly can keep you from having to replace your rotors due to uneven wear and damage. This is an example of when timely brake inspection can save you from more costly repairs down the road.

 

Squealing Brakes

Brake pads are designed to tell you when they require service. Once they have been worn down to the recommended replacement level, a warning tab makes contact with the rotors and causes a high pitched squealing noise. This noise is noticeable at slow speeds, and commonly disappears when you apply pressure to the pedal.

 

If you experience any of these warning signs, bring your car in for a complete system inspection. Auto Service Experts ASE certified brake mechanics have the state of the art diagnostic equipment, experience, and technical skill to handle any repair or service needs, both minor and major.

 

Brake System Operation Auto Service Experts

System Components

 

Why Routine Service and Inspections are Necessary

While auto brake performance has steadily improved over time, these systems still need to be thoroughly inspected at least once a year including removing the wheels and checking all hidden internal components. The above conditions are obvious signs that brake service is required. However, keeping up with regularly scheduled maintenance before noticing the signs of problems can save you a lot of money and unnecessary inconvenience. 

 

Several factors affect the lifetime and performance of your brakes system. Driving in heavy stop and go traffic, riding your brake pedal, and slamming on the brakes can all cause the system to wear out faster than normal. Replacing worn pads before they allow metal components to connect and wear on one another can help you to avoid more costly repairs such as replacing drums or rotors. 

 

Proper auto suspension system maintenance affects braking performance as well. Driving with worn shocks or struts can dangerously increase the amount of time it takes to bring your car to a complete stop. Your car's brakes rely on maintaining constant contact with the road and require proper vehicle weight distribution to function correctly. As shocks and struts gradually wear out, the consistency of the wheels' contact with the road is decreased, and weight is unevenly distributed. Driving on the highway with worn shocks can increase the vehicle stopping distance by as far as 22 feet!

 

Replacing Brake Pads Rotors Calipers on 2012 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel o

Brake Job on 2012 Dodge Ram 350

 

Our Complete Brake Check Includes the Following Inspections:

Fluid Condition (when fluid is exposed to moisture it becomes acidic and can damage the seals and ABS module).

Lines

Pads

Calipers

Emergency Brake Adjustment

Hoses

Rotors

Check for leaks in:

      Fitting Hoses

      Junction Blocks

      Lines

      Master Cylinder

      Modules

 

Benefits of a Complete Brake Check and Timely Repair:

Peace of mind

- Protect your safety and your family's by avoiding the possibility of your automotive brakes failing when you need them most.

 

Save Money

- Detect minor issues before they cause further damage which requires major repairs.

Brake Job

ASE Certified automotive technician Roman Oliveras performs brake service at our complete automotive service center. This video highlights Roman replacing the pads and rotors in order to restore reliable, smooth vehicle stopping power

Brake Pad Replacements

Brake Repair Shop San Antonio Changing Pads Rotors

 

My Car's Brakes are Squealing!

Your vehicle's brakes system is designed to let you know when to have the pads changed. When your pads get low, a metal tab begins to contact the rotor, making a high pitched noise which lets you know its' time for service. Take your vehicle to your local mechanic shop right away, ignoring this noise can lead to rotor damage!

Automotive Braking System Operation

 

If your brake pedal feels spongy, you hear an unusual noise while braking, or your vehicle seems more difficult to stop than normal, have a qualified mechanic perform a brake check, or complete system inspection.

Low Brake Fluid

When I Step on the Brake Pedal, It Hits the Floor!

Don't drive your vehicle! This may be caused by low fluid, or damage to the master cylinder. Low fluid usually means there is a leak within the hoses or lines. Driving with low brake fluid is extremely dangerous, it can leave you completely unable to stop your car. If you find yourself in this situation, call Auto Service Experts Specialists and let us arrange a tow for you.

ASE master technician Carlos Rodriguez

(210) 495-6688
Auto Service Experts

13050 San Pedro Ave. San Antonio, TX 78216

Mon-Fri 8:00am - 6:00pm