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Jim

33 years of experience
167 reviews
Jim
33 years of experience
Mini Cooper L4-1.6L Turbo - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Ramon, California
Jim did a very thorough job on the brakes and was extremely professional. Would definitely recommend him for any of your car repair needs.
Toyota Camry - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Ramon, California
There may be a few 4-star ratings, but this guy is a 5-STAR mechanic. This is the 2nd time we've had Jim service the camry. Showed up on time again. Brought the right parts, and got started right away. Had a 'friend' quote us over $100 more for the same brake pad service! Brakes work great. Another job well done.

Tien

23 years of experience
903 reviews
Tien
23 years of experience
Honda Odyssey V6-3.5L - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Ramon, California
Tien arrived before time and was done in 45 mins where as the expected time was about 2 hours. He did the work professionally.
BMW 535i - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Ramon, California
This is no the first time Tien helping on fixing my car. This time I was try to do the brake fluid flush for the appointment made. But last night, I noticed that rear brake pad worn out, need to replace too. So I messaged him, and he called me before on the way to my site, and updated the appointment, and also flexible on the parts I might have. He brought parts as backup too, including the sensors. Very thoughtful. Once the service was done, he also pointed out that my rear tires inside worn out, need to replace ASAP; the valves gaskets need replace too. Very helpful and knowledgeable on the car.

Shaun

21 years of experience
204 reviews
Shaun
21 years of experience
Ford Mustang V6-3.7L - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Ramon, California
Shaun was on time and got to work right away! Great work and made sure to go over everything he did! Will use Shaun again!
Honda Civic - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Ramon, California
The overall experience was great, I request the brake replacement and system flush . He arrived on time and finished the entire thing in less than 2 hours which was great . He even did the complete inspection of the car to make sure everything is functioning as expected.

Richard

17 years of experience
141 reviews
Richard
17 years of experience
Volvo XC60 L6-3.2L - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Ramon, California
Richard was awesome. Knowledgeable, on-time, professional all the way around!
Infiniti G35 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Ramon, California
Was on time very professional did a great job on our front brakes

Leo

41 years of experience
74 reviews
Leo
41 years of experience
Nissan Quest V6-3.5L - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Ramon, California
Thanks Léo definetely the car is running well. Will call you soon to do more work on this car and my BMW

Frederick

16 years of experience
54 reviews
Frederick
16 years of experience
Honda Odyssey V6-3.5L - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Ramon, California
Frederick is a thorough professional who knows his job inside out. I was impressed by his detailed explanation of his diagnosis. He did a great job fixing the vehicle. I wouldn't hesitate to call him again if my vehicle is in need of repairs.

Logan

49 years of experience
82 reviews
Logan
49 years of experience
BMW 328i L6-3.0L - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Ramon, California
Logan did replace the rear break on my BMW. He did a very good job. On time. Accurate. Experienced.

Amor

43 years of experience
181 reviews
Amor
43 years of experience
Volkswagen Passat V6-2.8L - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Ramon, California
Arrived at scheduled time. Very friendly and knowledgable. Performed an excellent service.

Robert

36 years of experience
50 reviews
Robert
36 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 L4-2.5L - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - San Ramon, California
Great person and work was awesome, he even waited for me for more than an hour.

Stefan

17 years of experience
367 reviews
Stefan
17 years of experience
Nissan Quest V6-3.5L - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Ramon, California
Breaks and rotors changes making a sound like they are lose or the pads are too small to fit properly. I am going to have to have them checked by some one else if you can send someone to check them.


How much does Brake Pad Replacement cost in San Ramon?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Toyota Solara $154 $73.52 $79.99 15% $181.02
2010 Honda Civic $157 $76.73 $79.99 14% $184.23
2012 Buick Regal $170 $73.52 $95.98 16% $202.52
2006 Acura MDX $154 $73.52 $79.99 15% $181.02
2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 $161 $81.20 $79.99 14% $188.70
2012 Porsche 911 $706 $625.62 $79.99 3% $733.12

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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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