Brake Repair & Replacement
McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive – Austin And Buda, TX Brake Repair and Replacment
We all know how important a vehicle's brake system is. You count on it every time you drive your vehicle, often subconsciously. The brake system is often one of those things that you usually don’t give much thought to until there’s an issue like squealing, grinding, or vibrating. Then it becomes a major concern and you find yourself searching through options of brake shops.
If you are in the Austin area and are looking to repair or replace your vehicle's brakes, look no further than McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive. Our ASE-certified mechanics can take care of brakes for any vehicle type, including cars, trucks, SUVs, and more.
Your Austin Brake Repair Experts
McSpadden's Tire & Automotive is Austin's number one stop for brakes. If you feel like your brakes are not what they used to be, stop by today and have your brakes looked at by one of our specialists. Not only will we check your brakes for free, but we also offer a comprehensive range of brake services, helping to keep your vehicle in safe driving condition on the roads.
Whether your brakes just need minor servicing or you need full brake pad replacement, our expert technicians can help. Our team offers all types of brake repair and service, including:
- Flushing and replacing brake fluid
- Installing new, high-quality brake pads and/or shoes
- Resurfacing brake rotors and/or drums (where applicable)
- Lubricating brake calipers and related hardware
- Repacking wheel bearings (if applicable)
Remember, brake repair, brake replacement, and other brake services should be done only by an expert mechanic, and McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive employs only the best. We are here to pinpoint any problems that you may have within your brake system, show you exactly what needs to be done, and perform the top-quality brake services you are looking for.
Our helpful team will provide exceptional customer service, making you feel right at home while our experts perform your brake repair professionally and efficiently. With McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive, you can help extend the life of your brake system and be confident in your vehicle’s safety on the road.
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Regular Brake Checks Help Extend the Life of Your Vehicle
Having your brakes thoroughly and regularly checked helps to extend the life of the brake system and ensures that any issues are detected and addressed early.
It is recommended to come in for a brake inspection every 6,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first. You should also have your vehicle inspected right away if you notice any braking issues. How often you may need brake services can vary. Your driving habits, the type of brake pads on your vehicle, the driving conditions, etc., all have an impact on how your brakes wear.
So, bring your vehicle to your closest McSpadden’s Tire & Automotive location today for a FREE brake inspection.
Our technicians will examine both the friction materials and the hydraulic components, including the:
- Brake pads
- Brake shoes
- Brake calipers
- Brake rotors
- Brake lines and hoses
- Master cylinder (contains the brake fluid and piston assembly)
Then, your expert technician will recommend any necessary brake repair to restore optimal braking capabilities.
Brake Pad Replacement
Have you been driving down the road and had to apply your brake, only to hear a strange squeaking or grinding noise? We've all experienced it or have heard another car making that very sound. It's frustrating and can sometimes be scary. The problem may be your brake pads—easy to fix! McSpadden's Tire & Automotive offers brake pad replacement. We will get you back on the road completely noise-free.
Brake System Maintenance Services
Ever been driving down the road and someone cuts out right in front of you and you had no choice but to slam on the brakes? Did you hear a high-pitched sound coming from your car when you brake? If so, McSpadden's Tire & Automotive can help.
Our technicians are experienced in brake system maintenance services, including:
Realigning Brake Calipers
Sometimes, when you hear a high-pitched screeching sound, the brake pad and rotor are improperly rubbing against each other due to a misaligned brake caliper. In this instance, we will inspect the system and realign your brakes as needed to stop the sound and restore proper brake performance.
Bleeding the Brake Line
Over time, small amounts of air can become trapped within the hydraulic brake line. This leads to “spongy” brakes or a brake pedal that doesn’t engage until it’s almost to the floor. This dangerous condition should be addressed as soon as you notice it. If large amounts of air end up in the brake system, it can possibly lead to a complete brake failure. So, sometimes, purging the system is necessary to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive. At McSpadden's Tire & Automotive, we can bleed your brake line to ensure your brake system is in top shape.
“Bleeding the brakes” basically means removing any air from the brake line. This will allow your brakes to properly stop your vehicle every time you hit the brake pedal.
Turning the Brake Rotors
One critical component of your brake system that helps bring your vehicle properly to a stop is the rotors. But, as with many metal things, they do wear down as they are used over time. As a result, your stopping power will start to be reduced. Excessive heat from braking can also start to warp the rotors.
One way to remedy this problem is to resurface the brake rotors, as long as there is still enough metal to safely do so. This process is commonly referred to as “turning.” Turning the rotors involves placing each one on a lathe and cutting into the surface using an extremely sharp bit. This process creates a smooth and even surface again, enabling your brake pads to properly create the friction needed to stop your vehicle.
When you bring your vehicle into McSpadden's Tire & Automotive for brake service, our technicians can determine if your rotors can be effectively “turned,” or if it may be time to replace them.
Brake Light Bulb Replacement & Wiring Service
How many times have you been behind someone in Austin who is slowing down, yet you do not see a brake light? You become frustrated and sometimes almost rear-end the person in front of you by accident. The last thing you want is to be that person causing the frustration due to a blown brake light bulb or wiring issue.
This all can be avoided with regular maintenance from our friendly staff. We can check your wiring, replace any bad brake light bulbs, and ensure that your whole system is in working order, allowing you to get back on Austin's roads worry-free.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I know if my brakes need service?
There are some indicators you should be aware of that can alert you to a possible brake issue, including:
- The brake light is illuminated on your dashboard
- You are hearing unusual sounds like squealing, grinding, or thumping
- There is reduced resistance when you press the brake pedal
- You can feel the vehicle pulling to one side while you are braking
- You can see translucent yellow brake fluid leaking from your vehicle
- You feel a vibration in the brake pedal while braking
- You need more distance to bring your vehicle to a complete stop
If you are experiencing any of the above, bring your vehicle to your closest McSpadden's Tire & Automotive location ASAP.
What can I do to extend the life of my brake pads and rotors?
There are some good driving habits that you can work into your routine to help extend the life of your brake system components. These include:
- Only driving with one foot: Do not use your left foot to brake before you completely let off the gas pedal with your right foot. Trying to brake while still applying pressure to the accelerator forces your brake system to work much harder.
- Being observant in traffic: Give yourself enough space and time to brake more gradually and evenly to coast, allowing the engine to decelerate naturally. This will put less strain on your braking system.
- Obeying the speed limit: Having to make sudden stops, especially from high speeds, is very hard on your brake system components.
- Reducing the weight in your vehicle: Minimizing the weight in the back or trunk reduces the braking power necessary to properly stop your vehicle.
- Having brake inspections done regularly: Worn components put excess stress on the rest of the brake system. So, having brake inspections done regularly and brake pad replacement done when needed will prevent more expensive problems down the road and ensure the safety of your vehicle.
Come into McSpadden's Tire & Automotive for your free brake inspection today!
How long do brake pads normally last?
Realistically, there is no standard, easy answer for this question. Brake pad manufacturers provide a wide range for the effective life of the pads, anywhere between 25,000 and 65,000 miles. This is because it can vary greatly for each driver and their driving habits.
Brake pads often last around 40,000 miles on average. But frequent stop-and-go traffic, braking in hilly terrains, or braking harder from higher speeds all can cause your brake pads to wear down faster, thus leading to more frequent brake pad replacement. The brake pad material—whether semi-metallic or ceramic—can also have an impact on the brake pad's lifespan.
The ASE-certified technicians at McSpadden's Tire & Automotive can help you determine the best brake pads and rotors for your vehicle and driving habits to help optimize your stopping power and get the most return for your money.