Brake Shop

When it comes to brakes, it’s important to properly maintain your brake system and replace parts as necessary. As your one-stop brake shop, we have put together some guidelines to help you properly maintain all components of your brake system. We’ve also provided some information about what to look for, so you know when it’s time to think about replacing brake pads and other components.

What Maintenance Is Necessary?

First, let’s talk about maintenance. There really isn’t anything you can do yourself maintenance wise. Just keep an eye out for problems such as poor performance or leaks under the hood. Most of the maintenance for brakes occurs when you bring your car in to see us.

When you bring your car in for an oil change, the technician should check the levels for the brake fluid in your vehicle. It’s important to ensure that the fluid is at the proper level to keep damage from occurring in your vehicle’s braking system. If you notice that the brake pedal in your car is becoming difficult to depress, your vehicle may be low on brake fluid. This condition can cause major damage to your braking system if left unattended. The technician will also check for discoloration of the brake fluid that can indicate a problem. The technician will also check the brake pads to make sure they are not too worn and have plenty of life left. In addition, the rotors should be checked to ensure that they are not warped, are wearing evenly and have plenty of life left. The brake lines will also be checked to ensure that there are no cracks or leakage. These are tasks that you may be able to handle on your own, but they do require getting dirty and spending some time under the car. It’s always best to have a professional brake shop handle this work.

How Long Should Brakes Last?

There is no solid answer to this question. The life expectancy of brake pads is based on many factors. These factors include brand, type, material composition, driving habits and driving conditions. Most experts give a number between 30,000 and 70,000 miles. As you can see, this is a wide range, so it’s important to have your brake pads checked often to ensure that they still have life left. Ignoring this seemingly small task can lead to a lot of problems, including worn down rotors and damage to the master cylinder.

When Should I Replace My Brake Pads and Rotors?

Again, this is all dependent upon the factors listed above. If you notice that your brakes have become noisy, or your car isn’t stopping as quickly and evenly as it used to, it may be time for replacement. Bring your car in to our state-of-the-art brake shop for a quick diagnosis and recommendation.

What Brake Pads Are Best?

This is another question that doesn’t have a universal answer. You should look at your driving habits, driving conditions and expected mileage. You should also consider the type of vehicle you drive and whether you will be doing any specialized activities like heavy towing or lots of off-road excursions. You should also consider the material composition; many experts recommend ceramic brake pads for better stopping power and longer life expectancy. This is where the advice of a professional is very helpful. Your brake expert can examine your needs and make the best recommendations to fit your vehicle and your lifestyle.

If you have questions or concerns about your braking system, don’t put things off. The longer you let things go without attention, the more problems can be caused. Come see us today and let us help you determine whether you need new brake pads, rotors or if your car has something else going on. We have more than 38 years of experience working on vehicles, and we can handle any needs your car or truck might have. Our mechanics are professional and highly trained in all areas of auto repair. We will treat you fairly and give you a great price on all of your repair and replacement needs. You don’t have to worry about our work; we do things right the first time. We service the entire metro area. Stop by and see us today, or give us a call to learn more!



Autocraft, 6326 Main Ave, #26 Orangevale, CA 95662 Phone: (916) 988-0279