You step on the accelerator pedal and the car takes off – but what happens when you hit the brakes? Do you need more runway than a 747 to stop your car? If you’re not confident in your vehicle’s ability to brake firm and straight, then it’s time for a brake service. With time, all car brakes need attention, and there’s no better place to have an expert’s attention than Complete Car Care of Encinitas. We’ll diagnose your vehicle’s brake problems and offer brake repair solutions that fit your budget. From the brake pedal to hydraulic brake fluid, brake master cylinder to power brake booster, drum brakes to disc brakes and electronic anti-lock brake sensors.
Our technicians know every part of your brake system inside and out and can perform necessary brake repairs on any make and model of car. So, what are the brake warning signs?
You know you need brake repair when:

  • the brake dashboard light glows amber, indicating problems with the anti-lock brake system (ABS)
  • the brake dashboard light is red, indicating a system imbalance
  • the brake pedal is spongy or slow to respond
  • you hear grinding or constant squealing during braking

Any time you notice any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to have your brakes checked. At Complete Car Care of Encinitas, if our inspection reveals you do need brake repair service, we will explain exactly what’s required, what’s optional and provide you with a written estimate before any work is done. Call us to schedule an appointment or use the appointment form below.
These are some of the services we can provide to ensure your car’s brakes are safe and sound:

  • Brake Replacement
  • Brake Calipers & Wheel Cylinders
  • Master Cylinder & Brake Bleeding
  • Power Brake Boosters
  • Hydro-Vac Units (Hydro-Boost)
  • ABS Diagnosis & Repair
  • Brake Flush
  • Emergency Brake Repairs

Brake Maintenance Tips

You can often identify a brake problem by the kind of sounds you hear. If your brakes start squealing, grinding, or generally making any strange noises; go get them checked as soon as possible. This can be an early sign that they are deteriorating, and brakes are one issue that you do not want to put off

The brake system is an essential component of your car. Being able to stop the vehicle safely and effectively is critical for your own safety and the safety of your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. The simplest thing to do is to have your car’s brake system inspected regularly by a competent mechanic and follow the maintenance recommendations shown in the owner’s manual.
During everyday operation of the vehicle, pay attention to the following signs and symptoms when you brake:

  • The brake warning light flashes (whether pressing on the brake pedal or not)
  • You feel pulsations in the brake pedal
  • The stopping distance increases
  • The car pulls to one side when stopping
  • The steering wheel shakes when the car is in motion

If any of these symptoms appear, you should have the brake system checked immediately. Complete Car Care’s technicians are ready to assist you in determining the status of your car systems.
One often forgotten item when talking about brakes: if you slow down and reduce your normal driving speed, braking becomes easier and safer! As says on their website:
Better brakes can make stopping distances shorter, but there are a lot of things with a much more significant impact. Stopping distances can be affected by weight and loading of a vehicle, the maintenance and design of the brakes, drivers’ reaction times, and weather conditions such as wet or icy roads or conditions that limit visibility such as fog or darkness. Anything we can do to decrease stopping distance so we can stop in time at any distance – whether it is driving slower or buying a car with modern brakes – should be done. We cannot rely on better braking technology alone to protect pedestrians.

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