Brake Repair & Brake Pad Replacement Shops

Our ASE-certified mechanics can help keep your car running safely & smoothly.

Most drivers habitually rely on their brake system to properly stop their vehicle without giving much thought to exactly how it is working. That is until it starts operating differently or making unusual noises. Then, it becomes a major cause for concern and should be addressed immediately.

Here at BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers, keeping you and your vehicle out of harm’s way is a huge part of our commitment to excellent service. One aspect of this is ensuring that your car, truck, van, or SUV’s brake system can safely and effectively stop whenever you press the brake pedal. Whether you need brake pad replacement or a brake fluid flush, we’ve got all of your brake repair needs covered.

So, when you are searching through brake shops in Tucson and the surrounding area for professional brake repair service you can trust, bring your vehicle into our ASE-certified brake mechanics here at BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers. We offer excellent customer service and brake specials that you won’t find anywhere else!

Our premium brake repair and maintenance services include:

  • Complete visual inspection of the brake friction and hydraulic system
  • Brake fluid flush and brake fluid replacement
  • Resurfacing brake rotors or drums where applicable
  • Installation of new, high-quality brake pads or shoes
  • Lubrication of the brake calipers and hardware
  • Checking and repacking wheel bearings (if applicable)

After any brake service is completed, our experienced mechanics will test drive your vehicle to make sure that everything is working properly before you get back on the road.

With BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers, you can be confident that we’ll help keep your vehicle safe on the road and help extend the life of your brake system. Schedule your brake repair and service at our location nearest you today!

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You can count on our ASE-certified brake mechanics for award-winning service and complete auto care. With multiple locations throughout the Tucson area, we make professional, high-quality brake service convenient.

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Regular Inspections Will Help Extend the Life of Your Brakes

For optimal performance, your brake system should be checked every 6,000 miles or 6 months (whichever comes first).

Keeping your brakes in good condition is important to your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the life of your vehicle. So, bringing your vehicle in for thorough brake checks regularly allows any minor issues to be detected early, will ensure everything stays in optimal condition and will help extend the life of your brake system.

How frequently brake service or repair will be needed varies from vehicle to vehicle. Driving conditions, driving habits, the type of brake pads being used on your vehicle, etc., all have an impact on how quickly your brakes wear.

In general, we recommend having a brake inspection done every 6,000 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first. It is also recommended to bring your vehicle in for an inspection ASAP if you notice any braking issues.

Here at BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers, we offer a brake check at each of our locations. If requested, we’ll also check your brakes during your oil change service or during a tire rotation.

Warning Signs That You Need Brake Service

Knowing the red flags to look out for that indicate trouble within the brake system will help prevent a small issue from turning into a need for major brake repair. It will also help avoid a dangerous situation where you experience total brake failure while driving.

The warning signs that it’s time for brake service include:

  • ABS (anti-lock brake system) brake warning light is illuminated on the dashboard
  • Grinding, high-pitched squealing, or thumping sounds when braking
  • Yellow puddles of brake fluid under the vehicle
  • Less resistance in the pedal when braking (a “soft” brake pedal)
  • More distance is needed to come to a complete stop
  • The vehicle is pulling to one side when braking
  • Vibration in the pedal when braking

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, bring your vehicle to your closest BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers location ASAP to be inspected by one of our expert brake shop mechanics.

It is important to note that not all noises and symptoms are indicative of an immediate brake problem. Sometimes grinding noises are caused by moisture coating the brakes, after it rains, for example. Brake noises can also be caused by rust, dirt, and grime. Rust and dirt can also get into the ABS modulator and cause your brakes to fail later on.

So, the best way to tell the condition of your brake system is to visit an ASE-certified brake shop for a brake inspection. While most drivers can tell if their brakes are generally not working as well as usual, the brake experts here at BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers can give you more information about exactly what is wrong and what service may be needed.

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The Parts That Make Up a Brake System

The brake system in most newer model vehicles on the road today consists of disc brakes on both the front and rear. Some vehicles do still have drum brakes on the rear like what would be found on older vehicles. However, since the disc brake system is more efficient, it is becoming the manufacturer standard for all four wheels in most vehicles.

The main parts of a disc brake system include:

  • Brake rotors (aka discs)
  • Brake calipers
  • Brake pads
  • Hardware components (caliper brackets, caliper pins, brake pad slides)
  • Master cylinder (contains the brake fluid and piston assembly)
  • Brake lines/hoses

To summarize how the brake system works, when the brake pedal is pressed, hydraulic brake fluid is pushed through the brake lines to actuate the pistons in a caliper, which then squeezes the brake pads against the rotor, using friction to stop the vehicle.

At BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers, we can help keep every part of your brake system in optimal condition, ensuring the safe operation of your vehicle.

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Concierge Pick-Up and Drop-Off Service

We understand how important it is to have a working vehicle to get you to the places you need to be. Having to wait around at an auto repair shop can be extremely inconvenient. This is why we offer our concierge pick-up and drop-off service.

With this no-cost concierge service, we’ll pick up your vehicle from your location (within three miles of a BRAKEmax location) and return it to you free of charge after services have been completed.

Your peace of mind is extremely important to us. That is why we strive to do everything in our power to make your life easier and eliminate uncertainties. We hope that our concierge service demonstrates this commitment, ensuring that you can safely drive your vehicle when you need to.

Your Trusted Local Experts in Brake Repair & Auto Service

For Tucson-area drivers, BRAKEmax is the top choice for brake repair and any other auto service needs you may have, including everything from regular oil changes to in-depth engine repair. Our ASE-certified master technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and tools to properly and efficiently repair or service your vehicle, all backed by unbeatable customer service at a reasonable price.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are a number of tell-tale signs that you can look or listen for that tell you it’s likely you need to have your brakes checked.. The signs that you need brake service include:

  • Squealing, grinding, screeching, or thumping sounds
  • Reduced resistance in the pedal when braking
  • You need a greater distance to come to a complete stop
  • Your vehicle pulls to one side when braking
  • There’s a vibration in the brake pedal
  • You see puddles of yellow brake fluid under your car
  • In some vehicles, you’ll see a dashboard indicator light

If you notice one or more of these signs, schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation brake inspection of your brake pads and brake rotors.

The brake pads in disc brake systems are pressed by brake calipers onto the brake rotor (a rotating disc). The friction produced by the pads slows the rotation of the wheel. Because the friction they provide and the heat they produce causes wear with every application of the brake pedal, brake pad replacement should be part of your regularly-scheduled vehicle maintenance. By comparison, brake pads are referred to as brake shoes in drum brake systems.

In the past, brake systems almost exclusively used semi-metallic or asbestos pads. Today, most modern vehicles use a brake pad made of a ceramic composite. Compared to other types of brake pads, ceramic pads are quieter when the brakes are applied.

A brake rotor is the “disc” in a disc brake system and is connected to a vehicle’s wheel. There are several kinds of rotors: blank and smooth, drilled, slotted, and drilled and slotted. Newer passenger vehicles usually have blank and smooth rotors.

When you apply the brakes, calipers squeeze together the brake pads against the rotors. The friction this process creates resists the wheel’s spin, and slows the wheel’s rotation. As with your brake pads, heat and friction cause continuous wear on your brake rotors, so it’s important to have them regularly inspected to ensure you have dependable braking.

The rotors are the discs that your brake pads make contact with to top your vehicle. They’re made of metal, so they wear down with use over time. Additionally, excessive heat generated while braking can cause the rotors to warp. When you have your brake pads replaced, a technician will “turn” or “resurface” your rotor, provided it has enough material to do so safely. This involves putting the rotor on a lathe and using an extremely sharp bit to cut into the rotor and create a smooth surface.

The calipers in your braking system are one its most important parts because they apply the pressure to the brake pads that stop your wheels. Specifically, when you step on the brakes, brake fluid creates hydraulic pressure on pistons in the caliper, which then squeezes the pads against the rotor, slowing it down along with the wheel.

As with most of the components in a brake system, use causes wear on brake pads. As the pads become thinner, pistons in the brake calipers compensate to help the worn brake pads reach the rotor. While the pads can be replaced, the pistons need to be retracted back into the calipers in order to be able to remove the pads. A special tool is needed for this. Although another tool could be used, it can damage both the pistons and the calipers.

If you have signs of brake problems, our technicians will inspect the entire system, including the brake calipers. Book an appointment for a free inspection today.

You can easily check your brake fluid yourself, but it’s best to bring in your vehicle and have our technicians replace it. Brake fluid is highly toxic and can also ruin your car’s paint.

Refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions for checking your vehicle’s brake fluid levels. In general, you’ll need to locate the brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder. Take a look at the fluid itself to see if it appears dark or muddy; this is a sign that your fluid is dirty and is losing effectiveness. Also look at the lines that indicate the maximum and minimum levels. If your brake fluid is close to the minimum line, you likely need brake service.

As part of BRAKEmax’s complete brake service, we will check your brake fluid to see if it’s low or appears dirty and needs to be replaced.

We do! Please check our brake repair coupons page for special offers on everything from our premium brake service, brake fluid flush, lifetime disc brakes and more. Remember, you’re always welcome to come in for a free brake check at all of our Tucson locations.

A brake light should never be ignored since it can indicate any number of problems, from simple to urgent. Here are some reasons a brake light may come on:

  • The parking brake is on: Make sure your parking brake is off. Driving with it on can add extra wear to brake linings. If the parking brake was on when you started your car and the brake light doesn’t go off when you release the parking brake, don’t go ahead and drive the car, because you have another, unidentified brake problem.
  • Your brake fluid is low: Low levels of brake fluid can cause the brake light to come on. You may have a leak in the brake system, which should be repaired immediately. Your vehicle’s hydraulic system depends on brake fluid to stop your car and your brakes won’t work without it.
  • There’s an issue with your anti-lock braking system (ABS): Late-model cars may have a dashboard warning light just for the ABS, but for vehicles that don’t, your brake light may be indicating a problem with the ABS.
  • There’s an issue with a sensor: It’s unlikely that a malfunctioning brake sensor is causing your brake light to come on, but it’s possible.
  • There’s an electrical issue: Your car’s wiring may need to be checked.

You should refer to your owner’s manual for guidance, but the answer depends not only on the manufacturer’s recommendation, but also on your driving habits. A driver who tends to drive fast and break hard or puts unusually high mileage on a vehicle will probably need brake service more often than other types of drivers.

It’s best to have your brakes regularly inspected. BRAKEmax offers free brake inspections and complete brake service at all of our locations. Since our brake inspections are free, it is wise to take advantage of this every time you have your oil changed.

Our premium brake service includes:

  • A complete visual inspection of your brake friction and hydraulic system
  • Resurfacing of  rotors and/or drums where applicable
  • Replacement of your premium-grade brake pads and/or shoes
  • A check of your wheel bearings, which we will repack if applicable

We will be glad to give you an initial quote on any of our auto repair services. During your appointment, we will be able to give you a final estimate based on an inspection. No work will be done without your prior approval.

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