Auto Repair Santa Cruz

Phone (831) 425-1773

Brake Repair Service

Signs of a brake problem

If you're having brake problems such as grabbing, pulling, low or soft pedal, pedal vibration, or noise, a brake job or repair might be required.  Vibration felt under braking may also be caused by worn suspension components such as worn bushings, or bad shock absorbers, but in the majority of instances it is caused by a warped rotor.

Warped Rotors

When the brakes are applied, heat is produced. When there is excessive heat, this can cause brake rotors to warp. If the brake rotors are warped as little as a few thousandths of an inch, the brake pedal may pulse and the vehicle may shake when the brakes are applied. If the brake rotors are badly warped, the whole vehicle may shake and cause the steering wheel to oscillate and shake from side to side under braking.

To eliminate this unwanted vibration, the brake rotors need to be measured both for uniform thickness (parallelism) and "run-out." Run-out is measured by rotating the brake rotor and accurately quantifying how much deflection the surface of the brake rotor takes as it is rotated. The  brake rotors must be brought back to uniform thickness and parallelism by "machining".  If the brake pads have worn down to the point where they have damaged the brake rotors, or there is insufficient material left to remove, then the brake rotors need to be replaced.

Warped brake rotors or brake drums are removed from the vehicle and machined on a brake lathe. Brake rotors or drums are only machined if they are sufficiently thick enough to have metal removed and still be serviceable. Brake rotors on front wheel and all wheel drive vehicles may be machined on the vehicle using a special brake lathe.

Brake Repair Specialists

At Stanford Avenue Automotive, we handle all types of brakes including ABS (antilock braking system). Our Certified Master Technicians will pinpoint the problem, using advanced diagnostic tools such as the Snap-On VERUS® tool which can pull ABS codes, dial indicators to check run-out on the rotors to see if they need to be resurfaced, micrometers which makes sure rotors can be resurfaced, and a brake bleeder to flush out old fluid.  We can perform the following brake service and repairs:

Brake Services
  • Ceramic brake pads
  • Semi metallic pads
  • Organic pads and shoes
  • Resurface rotors
  • New rotors
  • Master Cylinders
  • Wheel cylinders
  • Calipers
  • Drums
  • Hydraulic repairs
  • Brake hoses
  • Anti lock brake systems
  • Electronic diagnostics for ABS
  • ABS Brake controllers
  • Computer brake codes
  • Traction control systems
  • Brake light repairs
  • Trailer wiring and hitch installations
  • Brake system flushing and service
  • ABS wheel speed sensors
  • Hardware kits
  • Spring kits