Auto Services in Tucson, AZ

We Provide Complete Car Care and Auto Repair Services

Are you looking for a Tucson auto mechanic you can count on for all your auto repair needs? Look no further than the BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers team.

We employ top-notch ASE Master Technicians and expert tire associates to perform nearly any service on your vehicle. Whether it’s something as simple as an air filter replacement or something as complex as computer reprogramming, BRAKEmax technicians have the tools and expertise to get the job done right!

Our dedicated and experienced service team will take care of your vehicle’s needs while providing a level of customer service that you won’t find anywhere else.

What Kind of Complete Car Care Does BRAKEmax Provide?

We strive to be your one-stop auto repair shop. When you need an expert auto mechanic, you can rely on the BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers team. We provide repair and maintenance services for nearly all vehicle systems.

Just a few of the services we provide include oil changes, brakes, wheel alignment, front-end/suspension work, computer diagnostics and reprogramming, and much more!

At BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers, we want to help keep every system in your vehicle running its best. Here is a more in-depth breakdown of some of the most common auto repair services we provide:

Engine Repair

Has your check engine light recently come on? Is your engine not running as smoothly as it used to? Is it time for an engine tune-up? Our expert technicians can take care of it. We can diagnose any engine problems and perform the necessary repairs to keep your engine running optimally.

It’s important to note that you should never ignore a check engine light! Continuing to drive your vehicle can turn a small issue into a serious and much more costly engine problem.

Transmission Repair

Car TransmissionIf you’re looking for a transmission shop, bring your vehicle to your nearest BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers location. Whether your vehicle has an automatic, manual, or continuously variable transmission (CVT), we’ve got you covered.

The automatic transmission is the most complicated mechanical system in today’s vehicles. It contains electric, mechanical, and hydraulic systems and sensitive computer controls that all work together to generate the power needed to drive the wheels. With so many moving parts, maintenance and repairs will sometimes be required.

Brake Repair

One auto repair task that cannot be ignored is brake repair. Your and your passengers’ safety depends on the system’s ability to stop your vehicle properly and prevent a crash. Your brake pads, rotors, drums, and shoes should be in optimal condition.

So, if you hear squealing or grinding noises when braking, your brake warning light illuminates on the dashboard, your brake pedal feels different, or the vehicle pulls to one side when braking, bring it to a BRAKEmax Tire & Service Center. We’ll expertly diagnose your brake system and perform the necessary repairs.

AC System Service & Repair

If you need a vehicle air conditioning (AC) repair or service, our factory-trained professionals are here to help. Our team is well-versed in all aspects of auto AC systems, from the computerized components to the proper disposal of used AC fluids.

Today’s vehicles have fairly complex AC systems, with new improvements in vehicle climate control being made frequently. That’s why leaving AC service and repair to the professionals is so important. We’re your expert local solution for everything related to your vehicle’s AC system.

Without regular maintenance, vehicle AC systems lose about 5% of their original efficiency each year. Don’t wait until your system starts to blow warm air; keep your vehicle’s AC in top condition with regular services from the experts here at BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers.

Radiator Repair

The radiator plays a vital role in eliminating excess heat from within your engine. If the radiator is not functioning properly, the engine can quickly overheat, compromising vehicle performance and potentially causing major engine damage. If ignored for too long, even a small radiator leak can escalate a minor problem into a major one.

If your radiator is damaged or not working properly, bring your vehicle to your nearest BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers location. Our technicians can perform radiator repair services at each of our convenient Tucson-area locations.

Water Pump Repair & Replacement

The water pump is another critical component that helps prevent your engine from overheating, and it is the “heart” of your vehicle’s cooling system. However, like anything else, a water pump will rarely last forever. Like a radiator, a faulty water pump can cause engine overheating and further costly engine damage.

Bring your vehicle to our nearest service center location if it’s overheating or you have noticed a coolant leak. Our technicians can repair or replace your cooling system and get your vehicle safely back on the road.

Power Steering Service & Repair

car steering wheelHydraulic power steering systems allow vehicles to be steered with far less force than manual systems in older vehicles. Today’s high-traction tires make turning without a power steering system almost impossible. The system’s steering components, such as the rack, pinion, or gearbox, effectively turn the wheels using hydraulic power. You rely on this system to do the work for you every time you turn your steering wheel.

However, your vehicle’s power steering fluid accumulates deposits, debris, and other contaminants over time due to usage. We recommend replacing the old dirty fluid with a power steering fluid flush every 50,000–75,000 miles.

Whether you need a power steering fluid flush or a component repair, our expert technicians have got it covered!

CV Joint, Axle, & Boot Repair & Replacement

A variety of load-bearing components connect the wheels to one another and the wheels to the transmission. The axles connect each pair of your vehicle’s front and back wheels. The axles act as a central shaft, holding the wheels in place relative to each other and the vehicle’s body. The CV joints are then located at the ends of each drive shaft and are protected by plastic or “boots.”

Due to their function and location, it’s not uncommon for the joints and boots to wear out over time. Sometimes, even an axle can become damaged. When it comes to these components, you can count on our experienced and professional team to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive. We can thoroughly inspect your vehicle’s CV joints, boots, and axles and perform any necessary repairs or replacements.

Hose & Belt Replacements

Hoses and belts typically have the shortest lifespan of all your vehicle’s components and equipment. Even though these components are vital to proper system operations, they can fray, crack, or leak due to constant heat, chemicals, and vibration exposure. If these parts are not promptly replaced when needed, they can significantly hinder your vehicle’s performance or even cause much bigger, more expensive problems.

Simply inspecting the appearance of the belts and hoses is not enough. Here at BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers, you can be certain that our diligent ASE-certified technicians will ensure that nothing important is missed. We’ll thoroughly inspect your vehicle’s hoses and belts and let you know if there is an issue and whether any need to be replaced.

Signs That You May Need Auto Repair

Knowing which red flags to look for when your vehicle is not running right can help ensure that a small issue doesn’t become bigger and more costly.

Here are some warning signs that your vehicle may be having a problem:

  • A change in the way the engine starts or how the vehicle feels when driving, turning, accelerating, or braking
  • Strange sounds coming from your engine or wheels
  • Unusual odors coming from the engine or the interior cabin
  • Fluid leaks beneath the vehicle (that are not water)
  • A sudden decrease in your vehicle’s fuel mileage

If you experience any of the above, take your vehicle to the nearest BRAKEmax Tire & Service Center location ASAP. Our expert technicians can quickly determine the source of the issue and perform the necessary service to restore your vehicle’s performance.

Expert Diagnostic Services to Pinpoint the Issue

mechanic checking car check engine light

Did your vehicle’s check engine light come on, but you’re unsure what the issue is? Our technicians can help!

We can connect a professional diagnostic scanner to your vehicle’s onboard computerized diagnostic system when you bring it to one of our convenient locations. This will provide the repair codes that have caused the check engine light to come on, allowing the technician to pinpoint the exact issue. This will determine which auto repair service is needed to return your vehicle to the road safely and reliably.

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Whether you need routine maintenance such as an oil change, more in-depth auto repair, or are looking for a tire shop in Tucson, the expert team at any of our convenient locations is ready to help.

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Tucson, AZ Auto Repair FAQ

What does preventative car maintenance include?

Think of preventative car maintenance as similar to regular check-ups with your doctor: Their purpose is to head off any major problems by catching small ones early. Preventative car maintenance saves you time, worry, and money by taking care of issues before they result in expensive remedies later.

Preventative car maintenance at BRAKEmax Tire & Auto Service Centers is more than taking your car in for its oil changes or flat tire repairs. The preventative services performed by our ASE-certified auto mechanics include the following:

  • Inspecting the tires for wear and checking the air pressure
  • Changing the oil and replacing the oil filter
  • Replacing the fuel filters and air filters if necessary
  • Balancing and rotating the tires
  • Aligning the wheels if indicated
  • Checking all lights and signals
  • Checking and flushing all system fluids, such as brake fluid, power steering fluid, etc.
  • Inspecting and replacing the brake pads

The owner’s manual provides a recommended schedule of inspections of all the systems in your vehicle, usually at 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles. Our goal at BRAKEmax is to keep your vehicle in top working order and help you avoid expensive car repair bills in the future.

Contact the best auto repair shop in the area to discuss the recommended preventative maintenance for your car and schedule your appointment.

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How often do you really need an oil change?

Always check the owner’s manual for its recommendation first. It’s generally recommended every 3,000 to 6,000 miles. Newer cars, however, need fewer oil changes since many manufacturers recommend full-synthetic oil. Although full-synthetic oil is more expensive, your car will probably be on a schedule for every 7,000 to 10,000 miles. But if your car is older, you use the vehicle for towing, or you live in an extreme climate, experts often suggest more frequent oil changes.

What can I do to get the most mileage from new tires?

One factor that causes tires to wear prematurely is under- or over-inflation. Check them often for proper inflation. Get a good tire gauge and ask for help if you don’t know how to use it. You can find the recommended inflation for your vehicle’s tires in the owner’s manual or inside the driver’s side door.

Although proper inflation is critical, following a regular maintenance schedule for other systems in your car is also important. These systems also affect the longevity of the tires. These checks include:

  • Suspension maintenance and repair: A car’s suspension directly affects the tires. The tires will wear prematurely if the suspension struts are worn and need repair.
  • Brake services: Faulty or worn brakes strain the tires, causing them to wear more quickly.
  • Wheel alignment and tire rotation: Wheels that are out of alignment or not rotated regularly cause tires to wear unevenly.

BRAKEmax performs all these services. We want to help you protect the investment you made in your car’s tires by preventing wear for as long as possible.

Does BRAKEmax also service car AC systems?

Yes! It’s normal for a vehicle’s AC system to lose about 5% of its efficiency every year, so have it checked at least once a year to monitor its functioning. Preventative maintenance at BRAKEmax will ensure the car AC works as it should and identify minor problems early.

Watch for these warning signs of auto AC problems:

  • More noise than usual while the AC is running
  • Strange odors coming from your AC vents
  • Tepid or warm air blowing from the vents instead of cool air

Our car AC experts will perform a diagnostic test, inspect the system, and identify any issues. They will discuss the results of these actions and provide options for the type of repairs you may need.

How do you know when your brakes need to be checked?

Brake problems are not something you can put off until a more convenient time. Making sure the brakes properly work 100% of the time ensures the safety of everyone in the car and those on the road around you.

Brakes become worn by the friction and heat generated by normal brake function. It’s critical to have them checked regularly. If you notice any of the following warning signs of brake trouble in between those regular checks, make an appointment right away for a diagnostic brake check:

  • A squealing sound when braking
  • A grinding sound in the brake pedal when in use
  • The vehicle pulls to one side when braking
  • A “spongy” brake pedal
  • Illumination of the brake system or brake fluid service indicator light on the dash

How long should brake pads last?

It’s commonly recommended for brake pads to be changed every 50,000 miles. Check the owner’s manual.

You can also discuss this with one of our brake experts at BRAKEmax, as there are other considerations, such as:

  • What type of brake pads you use
  • How you drive the vehicle
  • What you use the vehicle for
  • The climate and terrain where you drive

What does a car’s transmission do?

A vehicle’s transmission is one of the most critical parts of any car or truck. If it’s not working properly (or at all), the car simply won’t move. When the transmission works properly, the car will shift when the speed increases or decreases. You choose when to shift if you own a car with a manual transmission. The system makes that decision based on the car’s speed if you have an automatic transmission.

In both cases, the transmission sends the right amount of torque to the wheels so that the car has the needed power. Due to its complexity, the transmission is one of the most expensive parts to repair or replace. Make sure a transmission check is part of every scheduled preventative maintenance appointment at BRAKEmax.

How long does transmission fluid last?

If your car is a newer model, the fluid may never need to be changed. Look in the owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. A general rule is to change the fluid between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.

Our mechanics or service staff will gladly answer any questions regarding your car’s transmission fluid.

What does the “check engine” light mean?

The check engine light is a general indicator that something in the car isn’t working correctly. Sometimes it’s the light itself! Or the light may be alerting you to a serious problem. So, make sure to pay attention!

There’s no way to know if it’s serious unless you bring your car into BRAKEmax and have us run a diagnostic check on it. We’ll diagnose any engine problems and discuss the necessary repairs to keep your vehicle’s engine running smoothly.

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  • Southern Arizona’s trusted auto service company since 1997
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