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  • 6008 Mission Gorge Rd Suite B
    San Diego, CA 92120

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BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR

Working Hours
  • Mon 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Tue 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Wed 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Thu 7:30AM - 5:30PM
  • Fri 7:30AM - 5:30PM
    Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR

A vehicle's brakes are one of its most important safety features, and we want to make sure that Mission Village Auto Care customers stay safe. Whether your brake pads are signaling they need replacement, your brake light is on, or you're not comfortable with how quickly your vehicle is slowing down, call us at 619-280-2354 or visit us in San Diego and we'll give you a prompt diagnosis of your braking system's safety and reliability.



Anti-Lock Brake System
The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) ensures your wheels keep rotating during braking, preventing skidding and providing better control. If your ABS light illuminates, visit Mission Village Auto Care for a diagnosis and professional repair.

Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid can absorb moisture from the air over time, diminishing brake effectiveness and becoming corrosive, potentially harming the system. Regular brake fluid flushes are vital to ensure fresh fluid usage in your vehicle. Consult our technicians at Mission Village Auto Care to determine the right time for a brake fluid flush.

Brake Hoses
A brake hose carries pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A damaged hose can lead to delayed or weak braking, and a leak may result in brake failure. While the need for a replacement brake hose isn't common, any signs of cracking or wear should prompt immediate replacement.

Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Squealing brakes often indicate brake pad issues. When brake pads deteriorate completely, a harsh metal-on-metal grinding noise occurs during braking, indicating potential rotor or drum damage. Although experienced individuals may attempt home repairs, if you have brake concerns, it's best to consult an auto repair professional promptly.

Caliper Replacement
The brake caliper houses brake pads and clamps around the rotor to apply pressure during braking. Caliper problems can cause uneven braking, leading to skidding during braking and loss of control in adverse weather conditions. Contact Mission Village Auto Care in San Diego at your earliest convenience for assistance.

Resurface Rotors
In a disc brake system, rotors attach to your vehicle's wheels. The friction with brake pads over time creates grooves and cracks. The process of resurfacing restores rotors to a "like-new" condition, reducing noise and wobbling. At Mission Village Auto Care, we inspect your rotors thoroughly and recommend the best course of action.



FAQs About Brakes

Why is my dashboard brake light on?
If the brake light indicator appears on your dashboard, it's either time for regular brake maintenance or an alert to a potential problem. Stop by Mission Village Auto Care and let us help you diagnose this issue quickly.

What percent of brake pad life is 3mm?
When you purchase a new brake pad, it has a standard thickness of around 8 to 12 mm or about a half inch. Over time, your car's brake pad will wear away. A brake pad at 3 mm or around one tenth of an inch will take around 40,000 miles of driving to completely wear out. Don't wait until then to replace your brake pads. Once your brake pads reach 3 mm it is recommended that you schedule an appointment to get them replaced soon.

Why are my brakes making a grinding noise?
Grinding noises usually indicate that your car's brake system is overdue for maintenance. The grinding sound is usually caused by the brake pad being completely worn away or the brake shoe scraping on metal contact points.

Why are my brakes squeaking?
Noises coming from your brakes do not usually indicate a high-cost auto repair. It could be a foreign object such as a small stone or road debris. It could also be a signal that your brake-pads are wearing out and need replacing. As brake pads wear bits of metal in your brake pad come in contact with the rotor to create a squeaking noise when you apply the brakes.

Why are my brakes vibrating?
If your car shakes or vibrates or wobbles when you apply the brakes, it indicates that the thickness of your rotor is uneven. Brake rotors are large, perfectly round, smooth metal discs that sit inside of the wheels. When the disc has become misshapen or unevenly worn it will vibrate or wobble when you hit the brakes. Left uneven, the material will continue to build on the uneven spots, making the problem worse over time. Come to Mission Village Auto Care to get the face of your car's brake rotors resurfaced to fix the problem.

How do I know if my car is leaking brake fluid?
If your car does not stop as quickly as you expect you may be leaking brake fluid. This is a serious problem. An important part of the braking process involves brake fluid, which is used to create hydraulic pressure against the brake caliper. If your vehicle is leaking brake fluid, you won't be able to stop safely. We recommend taking your vehicle to an auto repair shop as quickly as possible if it is leaking brake fluid.

Why are my brakes making a burning smell?
Overheated brakes cause a noticeable burning chemical smell. Pull over to a safe place and allow the brakes to cool. Ensure you did not accidentally leave the parking brake on. If there's any smoke coming from a wheel, it may be that the brake caliper is malfunctioning and locked in place. In this case, it may be unsafe to continue driving.

Why is my car pulling to one side when I am braking?
If your car is pulling to one side when braking it may be a bad brake hose or a caliper issue causing one brake to engage while the other is not. This causes a pull on the side where the brake is working properly.

What are the 3 types of brake pads?
There are three main types of brake pads in use today: non-asbestos organic, ceramic and semi-metallic. Come by Mission Village Auto Care or consult your car's owner's manual to determine which type is best for your vehicle.

What are the 3 signs that brake pads are worn?
The three most common sounds that indicate you need to replace your brake pads are squeaking, grinding or the dashboard brake indicator light coming on.

What is the 30-30-30 rule for brakes?
Brake specialists advise initiating new brake pads by using a 30-30-30 method: Perform 30 gradual stops from 30 mph, allowing 30 seconds between each stop for the brakes to cool. This process protects against excessive heat buildup until the resins in the pads have completely cured.

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08/31/2023

Fair and honest. Great service. I've been going here for years with several cars, Toyota, Ford, Acura, BMW they do it all. They recently took care of my son's brakes and with him being a new driver I feel so secure knowing they did the work. I highly recommend!



07/22/2020

We would like to thank Mission Village Auto Care for being so helpful this week! Our daughter's car was towed by Western Towing on move-in day to her very first apartment. We went to retrieve the car which was basically new, less than 500 miles, and were horrified to hear a metal rubbing noise by the wheel on our way back. Not wanting to drive it too far not knowing what was going on we stopped at Mission Village and one of their team members immediately identified the problem and fixed it on the spot! The tow company had bent some protection ring around the brake pad. Friendly, super helpful and they knew their stuff! Thank you, thank you, thank you!



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    , 06/10/2024

    Great and thorough car inspection. Excellent communication. Friendly service. Dog friendly!

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    , 02/01/2024

    Called in to get a service paid by Discount Tire. I was welcomed to come in asap, customer service was humble and helped to take care of my vehicle maintenance 100%. I had some wait but again I was welcomed in at short notice and I was able to get my vehicle back within 2 hrs, which was not a problem at all. I was happy to drive home safe! Thank you!

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    , 11/17/2023

    GREAT customer service. Very knowledgeable and thorough. Ask for Marvin he's as honest as they come. I won't take my cars anywhere else.

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    , 08/31/2023

    Fair and honest. Great service. I've been going here for years with several cars, Toyota, Ford, Acura, BMW they do it all. They recently took care of my son's brakes and with him being a new driver I feel so secure knowing they did the work. I highly recommend!

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    , 08/02/2023

    Finding a mechanic is stressful. Visiting Mission Village Auto renewed my faith in the industry. They were compassionate and patient while going above and beyond to diagnosis the issue with my car. If you are looking for a reliable and respectful garage, look no further.

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    , 03/28/2023

    I was referred here by Discount Tire and they were very thorough and quick to fix the issues with our car.

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