Auto Brake Service & Repair |San Jose, CA
Trust Akins Auto Repair with your next auto Brake replacement service.
Here at Akin’s Auto Repair we are very proud with our brake service. We provide some of the best brake work available in the bay area. We perform brake pad replacements, brake rotor machining, brake rotor replacements, abs brake system diagnostic, hyrdaulic system inspection and repair[master cylinders, wheel cylinders, brake calipers and hoses], and drum brake system service.
Special Savings on Brakes
Machine rotors with new pads starting at $260 parts & labor(most cars per axle )
Trust Akins Auto Repair with your next auto Brake replacement service. Contact us in San Jose
If you notice any of the car brake symptoms or warning signs found below (or anything else that seems “not right”), it’s a good idea to have your auto brakes checked. Akins Auto Repair will provide you with a FREE brake check (San Jose CA 95126 ). If our brake service inspection reveals they do require repair, we will explain exactly what’s required and what’s optional. We will then provide you with a written estimate before any brake repair work is done. Call the location nearest you to schedule an appointment.
CAR BRAKE REPAIR SERVICE
- Complete auto brakes inspection
- Replacing pads or shoes
- Lube calipers and hardware
- Machine rotors or drums
- Test drive
- DRAG – Sticking brakes, hot wheels or engine which seems to have lost power. Auto brakes may be failing to release; the condition can reverse itself, leaving you with no brakes at all. This would indicate brakes service is needed.
- PULL – Vehicle pulls to one side when brakes are applied. May be underinflated tire, misadjusted brakes or brakes are in need of car brakes repair.
- HARD PEDAL – Requires extreme pressure to make brakes function. Can indicate power brake trouble, restricted hydraulic lines, frozen calipers or wheel cylinders, or damaged brake linings
- BRAKE LIGHTS – Red indicates a problem as simple as the parking brake on, or low fluid, to something as serious as a hydraulic system failure. Yellow indicates deactivation of your ABS system. While your brakes should work, it does require inspection at the first opportunity.
- VIBRATION – Brake pedal, steering wheel or entire vehicle shakes, vibrates or pulsates when brake is applied. May indicate need to resurface disc brake rotors – or signal a serious problem of a loose component or faulty steering mechanism.
- SQUEAL – Brakes should operate with a minimal amount of noise. Some noise is normal but excessive squeal, screech, grinding, groaning, chatter, clatter or bang means your brakes need of car brakes repair.
- LOW PEDAL – Pedal nearly touches floorboard before brakes function. May activate your brake warning light. Problem may require a simple adjustment – or indicate something much more serious.
- GRAB – “Touchy” brakes that grab with the least pressure. May indicate a problem as simple as grease or oil contaminated linings – or as serious as loose or broken component ready to fail in an emergency.
WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT?
Because when a brake rotor doesn’t spin true (or warped), it will contact the brake pads twice each revolution (when your foot isn’t even on the brake pedal!). Over time this wear will cause the brake rotor to become unevenly thick and cause unwanted pedal pulsation and affect overall performance of the braking system.
WHAT WILL THIS DO FOR MY BRAKES ????
Many cars, even from new, have minor brake hub distortions. The Pro Cut lathe takes a tiny skim from the surface of the new discs to remove any hub or chassis misalignment that may exist on your car and would cause brake vibration after a few thousand miles. Brakes feel smoother and last longer. NO vibration
WHAT IS BRAKE HUB RUNOUT ????
This is misalignment of the hub onto which your brake discs and wheels are mounted, many vehicles are corrected at the factory for runout and subsequent fitting of new discs shows up this problem. Hub runout can also happen if a vehicle suffers even minor crash damage such as hitting a curb. If you have any brake vibration in your car now you CERTAINLY have brake hub runout.
WHY DOESN’T EVERY GARAGE DO THIS THEN ????
As a brake specialist we have tools most garages do not, including the New Model Pro Cut brake lathe. We want brake customers to be totally satisfied and confident in their BRAKES & driving experience.
Brake System Flush Service
What is a brake system flush all about?
Brake fluid is essential for the operation of a car’s brakes. When you push the brake pedal, the brake fluid causes the brake pads to press against the rotors, making the car slow down and stop. Over time, the brake fluid absorbs air, moisture, sludge and other contaminants and gets contaminated. Air in the brake fluid causes braking to feel spongy and significantly reduces braking efficiency. A brake system flush includes removing the existing fluid and moisture out of the system and replacing it with new, clean, fluid. A brake fluid flush ensures proper brake system performance and increases the lifespan of your brake system components.
Keep in mind:
pressure bleeder, this is an industry approved method of bleeding your brakes.
How it’s done:
- Remove contaminated brake fluid
- Add new brake fluid & Flash
- Bleed the brakes
- Clean any surfaces where brake fluid has spilled during the bleeding process
- Check for fluid leaks
- Inspect brake pads, rotors and hoses
- Test drive car
Please follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and guidelines regarding fluid maintenance. It is a good practice to change brake fluid every 24,000 miles or 36 months. Always use a fluid recommended by your vehicles manufacturer (do not use silicone based brake fluids if your car needs regular brake fluid).
What common symptoms indicate you may need a brake system flush?
- Brake fluid appears black or brown indicating contamination
- Brake pedal feels spongy
- Diminished brake system performance
How important is this service?
If you do not regularly flush your brake system, it will end up costing you more money down the road. As the fluid becomes contaminated, it will eventually cause brake system components to fail and leak. This will also lead to diminished brake system performance, causing a safety concern.