Your car's brake system is a complex grouping of parts which serve a critical role in keeping you safe. No other system in the car is as important for your safety. Keeping your brake system in tip-top shape should be your top priority.
These are some common problems that we see at Robert's Auto Repair that require brake repair and service:
Wear--The braking system does a lot of work and the brake pads take the brunt of the punishment. It is a good idea to have you brake pads checked every 6 months or when you suspect a problem. Symptoms include squeaking, grinding, or increased stopping distance. Most pads have a thin metal tab which vibrates against the rotor when the pads wears down to a dangerous level. Some pads do not have this and if not checked periodically can wear down far enough to ruin the rotors.
Warped Rotors--More common in newer cars, but possible on all disc brake systems. Rotors warp due to being overheated or incorrect tightening of the wheel. A warped rotor will give a pulsing feeling when applying the brakes. This pulsing can be annoying and dangerous. Most newer cars have rotors which are very thin and warp very easy. To resurface, the rotor is placed in a lathe and a cutting tool removes a few thousandth's of material from the braking surface. This restores the flatness of the rotor and eliminates the pulsing sensation in the pedal.
Dirty Braking System--When brakes are caked in dirt and grime, they have to work harder to to make your car stop. It increases your safety when you keep your wheels and braking system clean. Clean brakes work better and keep temperatures down. Use a good wheel cleaner which you know is safe for your wheel finish.
Our technicians are trained and certified to extensive brake repair and service, repair and maintenance on your vehicle. Anything from changing brake pads, to performance upgrades, to brake diagnosis, repairing or replacing tires, and more, we can do it.
If you have questions about the brake system requirements for your vehicle, contact us at Robert's Auto Repair and we will advise you of the various maintenance recommendations for your car, truck, van, SUV, crossover, or motorcycle. Call us anytime at 831-373-1534 to schedule a maintenance appointment for your automobile, or stop by our location at 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940, just a few clicks away from Seaside, Pacific Grove, Del Rey Oaks, and Sand City.