Brake Repair & Service Shops
Offer valid at all BRAKEmax Tucson locations.
Come to the experts at BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers for special savings! Our premium brake service includes:
Visual inspection of the brake friction and hydraulic system
Resurface rotors and/or drums where applicable
Replacement of premium-grade brake pads and/or shoes
Check and repack wheel bearings if applicable
We understand how imperative it is that your vehicle is in proper working order. Because of this, we are introducing a new program designed with your security in mind.
The BRAKEmax Delivery Program is a no-cost concierge service to help you eliminate unnecessary trips outside your home. We will pick up your car from your location (within three miles of BRAKEmax) and return it to you free of charge after services have been completed.
Your peace of mind is as important to us as it is to you. We promise to continue to do everything in our power to eliminate uncertainties and make your life easier. We hope that the BRAKEmax Delivery Program demonstrates our commitment to you, ensuring that you can safely be on the road when you need to be.
BRAKEmax is Tucson’s top choice for tire services and repairs including tire rotations and wheel balancing. Our ASE-certified technicians use state-of-the-art tire equipment to efficiently and safely repair or replace your tires at a reasonable price. From road-force balancers, computerized alignment machines and procedures developed by the Rubber Manufacturers Association, there is no better place to get your tires serviced. We can help you with the following services:
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First time at this new location near Costco Marketplace, Tucson. I asked to expedite oil change service in order to accommodate another appointment within the hour. They did everything to get me in and out quickly. Thoroughly inspected vehicle and found several additional recommended services from which we prioritized service and follow-up. I did not feel pressured and felt there was a strong customer care ethic in place. Clean and comfortable waiting room. I even think my car came back to me cleaner than when I left it. Very satisfied with service and would return and recommend to others.
For best performance, have your brakes checked every 6 months or 6,000 miles.
Keeping your brakes in good condition is important to your safety and to the life of your vehicle. Watch for these signs that it’s time for brake service:
Squealing, thumping or grinding sounds
Yellow puddles of brake fluid
Less resistance in the pedal when braking
More distance needed to come to a complete stop
Pulling to one side when braking
Vibration in the pedal when braking
Schedule your service now.
Trust our ASE-certified technicians and AAA-certified locations for award-winning service and complete car care. We’re open six days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for your convenience.
How Often Should I Have My Brakes Checked?
We recommend having your brakes checked every 6 months or 6,000 miles or if you suspect any problems at all. Here at BRAKEmax, we offer a FREE brake check at all of our Tucson locations. We also check your brakes with every oil change if requested or during a tire rotation. Everyone’s brakes wear differently depending on the way they drive and their driving conditions, so how often a driver needs a brake service will vary.
Types of Brake Services
We offer a variety of brake services including:
- Free, complete brake inspection
- Brake pad or shoe replacement
- Lubrication of calipers and hardware, machine drums or rotors
- Brake fluid flush
After a brake service is completed, our experienced technicians will test drive your vehicle to ensure everything is working properly.
What Parts Make Up a Brake System?
The modern brake system typically consists of disc brakes on the front and rear, although some still have drum brakes on the rear. However, since disc brakes are more efficient, they are becoming the standard for all four wheels. The principles of brake operation are as follows: hydraulic fluid is pushed through the brake lines to actuate the pistons in a caliper, which squeezes against a disc in order to stop the vehicle.
Warning Signs That You Need A Brake Service
The most common complaint of drivers who need a brake repair is a high-pitched screeching sound when the brakes are applied. Other warning signs include a ‘soft’ pedal, brakes that are less responsive, or a jerk to one side or another. If you experience any of these issues when braking, you should have your vehicle inspected by a qualified professional. Not all noises and symptoms are indicative of a brake problem. That is why BRAKEmax offers a free brake inspection with no obligation.
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.