Brake Pad Replacement at your home or office in El Cajon.

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5/5

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Chet

Chet

38 years of experience
393 reviews
Chet
38 years of experience
I have received services for my Smart 2013 with Chet 2 times. This last was for a full front break services. I saved a lot compared to the dealer. He was very professional and worked super clean. I visited my office.
As always, excellent customer service. Very professional.
Pete

Pete

13 years of experience
174 reviews
Pete
13 years of experience
Thank you Pete for fixing my breaks on my car. It is driving great you did a Awesome job.
Pete has done a great job on my car always quick reliable.
David

David

25 years of experience
141 reviews
David
25 years of experience
David was knowledgeable ,friendly,courteous and professional. he answered all questions and explained in detail what he found and what he was going to do to correct problem. would not hesitate at all to use him again. great person and mechanic.
Fadi

Fadi

18 years of experience
75 reviews
Fadi
18 years of experience
Very professional! Finished the job on both my vehicles way ahead of schedule. I'm very happy with his service. I would highly recommend!
Deane

Deane

9 years of experience
253 reviews
Deane
9 years of experience
Deans is a compassionate and efficient mechanic. I don’t trust many out there and I know I can rely on Deane to give me the right advice for my car. I’ve used his services twice and each time was a pleasure. Thanks Deane!
Duane

Duane

22 years of experience
323 reviews
Duane
22 years of experience
He got me a little worried when he thought I bought the wrong part, but after that he was great.
Chris

Chris

12 years of experience
312 reviews
Chris
12 years of experience
He is absolutely amazing! He notice that it was a rear brake completely missing and destruction of the rotor whereas before I was told it was a front tire problem. He fixed it in a timely manner and was really friendly and helpful. If there were more stars I would definitely give them to him. Thank you once again for the superb job!!!
Scott

Scott

18 years of experience
144 reviews
Scott
18 years of experience
every thing done on time and according to party at home Scott was friendly and nice also recommended other problems with truck for future work. would highly recommend him and company as prices are far better then shops.
Thomas

Thomas

11 years of experience
54 reviews
Thomas
11 years of experience
Thomas got the work done efficiently and professionally and was very accommodating to all my questions and overall made the whole brake pads and rotor change experience a breeze, he did an outstanding job.
Andrew

Andrew

22 years of experience
33 reviews
Andrew
22 years of experience
Andrew was awesome. Very polite and professional!


How much does Brake Pad Replacement cost in El Cajon?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in El Cajon. Our mechanics in El Cajon are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in El Cajon.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Mercury Mariner $135 $55.19 $79.99 16% $162.69
2010 Chevrolet Express 2500 $167 $55.19 $111.98 18% $205.69
2004 Ford F-150 $135 $55.19 $79.99 16% $162.69
2015 Infiniti Q70L $135 $55.19 $79.99 16% $162.69
2013 BMW Z4 $342 $246.14 $95.98 8% $375.14
2012 Jaguar XJ $227 $146.82 $79.99 10% $254.32

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Brake Pad Replacement Service

What are brake pads and how do they work?

Brake pads consist of friction material that is bonded to a sturdy steel backing plate. When you push on the brake pedal, the friction material on the brake pads is forced against the inner and outer surfaces of the steel brake rotor under tremendous pressure. The resulting friction causes the wheels on your car to slow rapidly allowing for a quick, safe and controlled stop. After thousands of miles, this friction material eventually wears away, and the brake rotor wears away as well, requiring replacement.

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When to replace brake pads?

Here are several indications that you need new brake pads:

  • Wear indicator on vehicle dashboard. When the friction material on the brake pads is worn to within 2 mm of the pad backing plate, replacement of the pads is necessary. Most newer cars today have electronics built into the brake pad. When the pad is at a point that it needs to be replaced, a symbol will appear on your vehicle dashboard’s instrument cluster. Consult your owner’s manual to learn what the symbol looks like.
  • High pitched squeal when braking. When the friction material on the pads is worn close to the backing plate, you may hear a squealing or squeaking noise as you drive regardless of whether you are applying the brakes or not. That squealing or squeaking noise is designed to make you aware that the brake pads are getting low and need to be inspected. If all of the friction material on the brake pad has been worn away, you will hear grinding and scraping noises when you apply the brakes. Pad replacement is mandatory at this point and the vehicle is unsafe to drive until corrected.
  • Brake pedal pulsation or vehicle vibration. Over time, brake rotors may develop excessive thickness variation (>.001 inches), excessive runout on the wheel hub (> .002 inches), or the brake rotor may warp due to high operating temperatures. If these defects exist, you may notice pulsation in the brake pedal or steering wheel during braking. New pads and rotor resurfacing or replacement will be required if the rotor has any of the above-mentioned deficiencies.
  • Vehicle pulling or wandering on braking. If your car pulls to the right or left during braking, that could be a sign of a sticking brake caliper, misalignment of the suspension, and sometimes tire defects or uneven tire inflation from side-to-side. The mechanic who inspects your vehicle will determine if new brake pads alone will resolve the issue or if other repairs are needed.
  • High mileage on existing pads. Regardless of whether any of the above brake system symptoms occur, every 10,000 miles a mechanic should measure the thickness of the remaining friction material on the brake pads and perform a thorough visual inspection of the braking system.
  • Brake system warning lights and/or maintenance reminder messages. Should your brake system warning light ever illuminates, or a brake system related maintenance reminder message appears in the driver information display, have your vehicle inspected and repaired as soon as possible.

How do mechanics replace brake pads?

Normally, pad replacement requires these steps:

  • Confirm the thickness of the remaining friction material on the brake pads. If the remaining friction material is less than 2 mm in thickness, pad replacement is warranted.
  • Visually inspect the brake rotor surface that contacts the pad (for scoring, pitting, grooves, rust) and measure the brake rotor with precision tools for thickness variation, run-out and warpage.
  • Inspect the caliper, torque plate, pads, and rotors to determine if the caliper is operating freely (i.e., inspect for stuck calipers).
  • Install new pads and any additional recommended components (e.g., rotors, if rotors depart from OEM specifications) only with customer approval of course.
  • Lubricate brake system components, such as caliper sliding pins, and inspect the condition of the brake fluid. Top off brake fluid as required.
  • Perform a basic 50 point safety inspection of your vehicle.
  • Finally, the mechanic will test drive your vehicle to confirm normal operation of the brake system.

Is it safe to drive with a brake pad problem?

Driving a vehicle with a known deficiency in the braking system is unsafe and consequently is not recommended. Worn out brake pads can increase stopping distances and so for your safety, it is always advised that worn out brake pads be replaced promptly. Further driving is not recommended and you should request service at your earliest convenience if any of the following circumstances exist: stopping distances are much greater than what you are accustomed to; the brake pedal is not firm or is low; there is loss of braking power assist; the vehicle pulls severely to one side on braking; or the brake system warning light is on.

If you detect unusual noises, such as squealing or grinding, but stopping distances are close to what you are used to, and the brake pedal is firm, and there are no warning lights, it may be safe to proceed to your destination but schedule service at your earliest convenience. When it comes to the brakes on your vehicle, always err on the side of caution and have a mechanic check your brake pads and braking system at the first indication of a problem.

When replacing brake pads keep in mind:

Brake pads must always be replaced as a set, that is both wheels (driver and passenger side) on an axle, front or rear, must be serviced. If brake pads on only one side of the car were replaced, your car might pull to one side when you apply the brakes. Often, resurfacing or replacement of the brake rotors is necessary and a competent mechanic will always measure for wear and damage to the brake rotors and advise you as to whether rotor replacement or re-surfacing is needed.

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