Brake Repair in Berkeley, CA
Brake wear is highly dependent on the driver and the environment the vehicle is driven in, so the frequency of brake repair can vary quite a bit from car to car. Front brakes wear out about twice as often as rear brakes. Most late model vehicles have a sensor and warning light to alert the driver when the pads are getting low, but on most cars the sensors are only for the front brakes and not the rear. If you ever hear any sort of scraping or squealing noise, or experience any lack of brake performance you should have your brakes checked immediately. If the brake pedal goes too low or gets spongy, get your car to us immediately. H&B Karmakanix checks the brake pads and rotors on every vehicle and records the results every time it is in for any service or repair. Our company software keep track of how many miles you drive per month, and estimates a time for brake replacement. When the time comes to have the brakes replaced, our Email Repair Reminder Service will send you a friendly reminder. If you are already a customer, you can also just give us a call and we can tell you the status of your brakes from your last visit.
The Best Brake Repair You Can Get
First understand what we inspect when we check out your vehicle before brake repair: Front brake calipers, rotors & brake pads. Rear brake calipers, rotors & brake pads, or rear brake drums, wheel cylinders & shoes on older models. Brake system induced wheel drag. Brake sensors & wiring. Brake hydraulic hoses. Brake master cylinder, brake power booster and brake proportioning valve. Brake booster vacuum hose. Brake fluid water content and condition. If the vehicle is equipped with ABS, we also check the ABS Pump and control module, and the ABS Sensors.
H&B Karmakanix uses only top quality parts for brake repair. You don’t get stuck with brakes that squeal; or worst of all, fade and loose braking power on long hills which can lead to a possibly dangerous situation. Ever notice the Runaway Truck Ramps on steep freeway hills? Your rotors get measured and inspected, with a report on their thickness and condition. Most modern cars need front rotors with each set of pads, but the rear brake rotors may be reused one or two times if they pass inspection. Reusing rotors that are too thin is actually illegal, but nobody ever reads that law, and nobody catches the offenders. That car stops fine in everyday traffic, but cannot perform as designed in an emergency situation. That customer ends up being in potential danger. Don’t skimp with brake repair!
We also clean and lube the calipers and sliders with ceramic anti-seize on each brake job, insuring that your brakes don’t start sticking later. That could overheat the brakes as well as wear them out quickly. The contact surface of the hubs to the rotors is also cleaned and lubed with anti-seize to insure the rotor fits perfectly straight and level. This also assures that the rotor can be easily removed later even if the vehicle is subjected to winter driving, especially in a state where salt is used for deicing roads.
Brake Fluid Inspection and Change
Brake fluid must be changed if any hydraulic components are replaced during brake repair. H&B Karmakanix policy is that we change all brake fluid, not just bleed the replaced component. If your car has a hydraulically operated clutch, it shares the same fluid, and that system gets flushed too. We always use top quality synthetic brake fluid.
For those who pump up the power, or have larger diameter wheels and tires, bigger brakes are advisable. Most models of BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche have one or more oversize brake kits available. We generally advise changing the brake lines to reinforced stainless steel braided lines for improved brake feel and power transfer. Occasionally the lines provided with a kit are a bit short or have an angle issue, bringing them into contact with a suspension component. We can have custom hoses made by Tri-Valley Hose of Livermore. We make sure that every aspect of every job is up to the highest standards, and sometimes Big Brake Kits need a little modification to get everything perfect and reliable.
Quick Clue: It does not hurt to wash your brakes out occasionally when you wash your car. Getting the old dust out is a good idea. Don’t put the wand right inside the wheel, just gush at it a bit. Make sure you drive until the brakes are completely dry.