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Richard

Richard

8 years of experience
350 reviews
Richard
8 years of experience
He's very knowledgable and communicates everything that he does. Highly recommend.
Richard is always timely and is a very competent auto mechanic. He is very patient when I have questions too!
Matthew

Matthew

30 years of experience
363 reviews
Matthew
30 years of experience
Good
This is the second time I’ve used this site and this mechanic Matt. The pricing has always been economic and Matt is an excellent mechanic. Efficient, knowledgeable, friendly and always early. Great communication and would definitely recommend !
Justin

Justin

14 years of experience
81 reviews
Justin
14 years of experience
Justin was courteous and patiently answered all of my questions.
James

James

6 years of experience
21 reviews
James
6 years of experience
James is an excellent, friendly and competent mechanic. He worked with me to get the best price. Compared to a quote from a chain provider of brake service, I saved approximately $300 using James and Your Mechanic. He gives the sense that he is really working for you. I would use him again to work on my vehicles.
Guebre

Guebre

12 years of experience
35 reviews
Guebre
12 years of experience
Tesfay did a great job. He is efficient and fast. He is a humble and professional man. It felt more like a friend stopped by to fix my car and left a good experience behind. This is my first time using online based mechanic maintenance but definitely not going to be my last.
Whitney

Whitney

36 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
36 years of experience
Whitney gave me in depth descriptions of what my car needed and helped me resolve the issues I was most worried with. He is someone I would recommend!
Dan

Dan

36 years of experience
611 reviews
Dan
36 years of experience
Very friendly, actually arrived 1 hour earlier than appointment.
Eduardo

Eduardo

16 years of experience
203 reviews
Eduardo
16 years of experience
Excellent job on my Mercedes
Zachar

Zachar

39 years of experience
41 reviews
Zachar
39 years of experience
Zachar was awesome - a complete professional, took care of my wheels, and gave tons of good advice that saved a lot of money. Would use him again in a heartbeat.
Dave

Dave

20 years of experience
303 reviews
Dave
20 years of experience
Show up on time, and get the work done very fast! Great job and thank you!


How much does Brake Pad Replacement cost in Watkinsville?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 Volvo S40 $170 $89.86 $79.99 13% $197.36
2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe $151 $55.19 $95.98 17% $184.19
2004 Ferrari 456 M GT $143 $63.35 $79.99 16% $170.85
2013 Acura TSX $151 $55.19 $95.98 17% $184.19
2007 Lexus LX470 $143 $55.19 $87.98 17% $173.44
2010 Ford Mustang $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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