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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

195

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Tabitha

15 years of experience
191 reviews
Tabitha
15 years of experience
Volkswagen Jetta - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
Friendly, professional, motivated. She loves what she does, and it shows. On this visit she was not only on time, she was EARLY! I really appreciate her attention to detail.
Chrysler PT Cruiser - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Diego, California
Tabitha is personable, professional, and very knowledgeable. I would use her services again. She left me feeling like she knew my car and what it needed next.

Arturo

25 years of experience
62 reviews
Arturo
25 years of experience
Kia Forte - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
ARTURO is great! very professional , fast, replaced my front brake pads and oil an filter change. everything now works and works well. Brakes have much improved stopping power and engine is smooth and quiet.Arturo is also kind and thoughtful. "Your mechanic" is very fortunate to have Arturo Lopez represent your company. I enthusiastically recommend him and "Your mechanic> as a fine operation Best regards to the Team Peter Marto
Nissan Maxima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Diego, California
Arturo was prompt and completed my brake repair, including new rotors in a very efficient manner. I am very pleased with the quality of the work and the parts and will definitely look to have him service our other car in the near future.

Trevor

20 years of experience
168 reviews
Trevor
20 years of experience
Infiniti QX60 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
Trevor is excellent! Showed up right on time. Did a fantastic job, while I worked from my home office, and then he cleaned up like pro. The whole experience was way easier than going to a shop!
Mazda 3 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Diego, California
Trevor showed up on time and got right to work. He called after about 20 minutes to let me know that I would need rotors as well as brake pads. He made me aware of the price change. When finished he asked if I had any questions and before leaving he cleaned up the area.

Deane

9 years of experience
276 reviews
Deane
9 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Diego, California
Deane was very friendly and trustworthy. He arrived on time and finished early. He didn't try to sell me more than I needed and did an excellent job. Highly recommend!!!
Acura Integra - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Diego, California
Deane was not only prompt and professional, but friendly and an ace mechanic! He showed me a few things that I’d missed and offered practical and cost-effective solutions. Also, as a car guy, his passion really shows and I’m able to trust my baby with him completely. I’ll definitely request him next time i need some work!

Bob

28 years of experience
42 reviews
Bob
28 years of experience
BMW X5 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
Bob has a vast experience in BMW maintenance and service. He truly is a master technician, I will definitely come back for future repairs! Thank you Bob.
Volkswagen Jetta - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Diego, California
Courteous, professional, knowledgeable, honest, polite, and best of all, early. Bob worked until the problem was fixed.

Fadi

18 years of experience
85 reviews
Fadi
18 years of experience
Acura TL - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
Fadi arrived promptly for our appointment. Nice guy. Completed a quick job and recommended a few things that needed my attention. Thanks, Fadi!
Scion tC - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Diego, California
Fadi was early, professional and listened to all my concerns. I highly recommend him and will be booking him agin and again.

Nikolay

18 years of experience
16 reviews
Nikolay
18 years of experience
Lexus LX470 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Diego, California
Nicholay is an amazing mechanic. He was patient with my questions. Very knowledgeable about my vehicle and worked hard to get the job done as quickly as possible. He is the type of mechanic that you hope for. Honest, knowledgeable and punctual.

Estevan

10 years of experience
24 reviews
Estevan
10 years of experience
Honda Element - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Diego, California
Estevan was on time and got the work quickly. Personable, polite and professional. He gets two thumbs up and 5 starts from me.

Pete

14 years of experience
192 reviews
Pete
14 years of experience
Saturn Ion - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
This is the 2nd time Pete has worked on my car. After the last time he worked on it I called and requested him. He's on time and I trust him which means an awful lot to me. He's always been honest with me which I appreciate. He's my Mechanic from now on.

Chet

39 years of experience
440 reviews
Chet
39 years of experience
Nissan Quest - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Diego, California
Great job, he's very patient and explains everything to me. I will always recommend him to my friends, bravo zulu.


How much does Brake Pad Replacement cost in San Diego?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in San Diego. Our mechanics in San Diego 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 San Diego.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Kia Optima $135 $55.19 $79.99 16% $162.69
2014 Dodge Dart $151 $55.19 $95.98 17% $184.19
2012 Chevrolet Camaro $407 $326.85 $79.99 6% $434.35
2013 Audi A6 Quattro $256 $159.54 $95.98 11% $288.54
2012 Audi A5 $151 $71.37 $79.99 15% $178.87
2010 Jaguar XF $135 $55.19 $79.99 16% $162.69

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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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