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Full Service Brake Repairs For Brake Pads, Rotors & Caliper Replacements

When you are looking for brake repair and service, it's important to find a mechanic that offers quality replacement pads rotors and calipers at a great price. Our brake repair shop offers competitive rates, safety standards, and fast repair times so you can get back on the road quickly and safely. Whether you require front brake pads replacement, your rear brake pads replaced or looking for brake disc resurfacing and replacement options, you've come to the right brake repair shop.

Our full service brake repairs include:

  • Front & Rear Brake Pad Replacement

  • Front & Rear Rotor Resurfacing & Replacement

  • Front & Rear Brake Caliper Service

  • Rear Brake Shoe Replacement 

  • Rear Drum Resurfacing & Replacement

Follow the links to find more brake repairs including brake fluid change and brake leaks.

Front & Rear Brake Pad Replacement

Brake pads are used to brake or stop, the rotation of wheels. They are usually made of high-quality compounds that generate heat when pressed against the metal on their surface. Brake pads are typically monitored by brake fluid which is pushed through them via the brake line. It creates a vacuum-like action between the pad and the drum, which slows down or stops the drum's movement.


A definite answer to when you should replace brake pads depends on vehicle type and driving style. If most driving is within or city you’ll be using your brakes more often than a long highway traffic free drive.

Some drivers also use both feet when driving and while have their foot lightly on the brake as they drive. As little friction as this is, it wears the brake pads quicker.

Brake pads and shoes are generally thought to be good between 30,000 - 35,000 km during city driving and may last as long as 50,000 - 80,000 km in rural and highway driving.

With that said, there are symptoms that indicate your vehicle needs a brake pad replacement.


  • Squeaking or Squealing Noises: A high-pitched noise while braking, especially when slowing down, indicates that the brake pads have worn down to the point where the wear indicator is making contact with the rotor.

  • Grinding Sounds: If you hear a grinding noise while braking, it means the brake pads have completely worn out, and the metal backing of the pads is grinding against the rotor. This is a severe issue that requires immediate replacement.

  • Reduced Brake Responsiveness: If you notice a delay in braking response or the need to apply more pressure to the brake pedal, it suggests the brake pads have thinned significantly, reducing their effectiveness.

  • Longer Stopping Distances: If your vehicle takes longer to stop, even with increased pressure on the brake pedal, it suggests severely worn brake pads requiring replacement for proper braking performance.


Front brake pad replacements are a critical part of regular vehicle maintenance. Your brake pads provide the necessary friction to slow down or stop your vehicle when you apply the brakes. Over time, front brake pad replacement is required due to the constant friction, making it essential to replace pads to ensure optimal braking performance and safety.

1. When should I replace my front brake pads?

Front brake pads typically need replacement every 30,000 to 70,000 miles, but it can vary based on driving habits and vehicle specifications. Signs like squeaking or reduced braking efficiency indicate the need for replacement.

2. What are the signs of worn-out front brake pads?

Signs include squeaking or squealing noises, reduced braking responsiveness, visible wear on the pads, and a longer stopping distance. If you notice any of these signs, it's time for a replacement.

3. Can I replace only one front brake pad?

It's highly recommended to replace both front brake pads simultaneously to maintain balanced braking performance. Uneven wear might occur if only one pad is replaced, leading to potential issues.

4. How long does a front brake pad replacement take?

On average, a professional mechanic can replace front brake pads within 1 to 2 hours. However, the duration can vary based on the vehicle's make and model.

5. What type of brake pads should I choose?

Brake pads come in various materials like ceramic, semi-metallic, or organic. The choice depends on your driving style, budget, and preferences. Ceramic pads offer less noise and dust, while semi-metallic pads provide better heat dissipation.

6. Can I replace front brake pads myself?

If you have the necessary skills and tools, you can replace front brake pads at home. However, if you're unsure or inexperienced, it's safer to have a professional mechanic perform the replacement to ensure it's done correctly.

7. How long do new front brake pads last?

The lifespan of new front brake pads varies based on factors like driving habits and the type of pads used. On average, they can last between 30,000 to 70,000 miles, but regular inspections are essential to monitor their condition.

Remember, regular inspection and timely replacement of front brake pads are crucial for your safety and the overall performance of your vehicle's braking system.


Rear brake pad replacements, just as the front are vital for maintaining a vehicle's overall braking efficiency and safety. Rear pads, situated in the rear brake calipers, work in conjunction with the front pads to provide balanced stopping power. Although they do slightly less work than the front pads, over a longer time period, your rear brake pads will need replacement to ensure reliable braking performance.

1. Why are my rear brake pads wearing out faster than the front ones?

Uneven wear can occur due to various factors such as improper braking habits, misaligned brake components, or issues with the brake calipers. A professional inspection can identify the specific cause.

2. Can I replace rear brake pads without changing the rotors?

It's possible to replace rear brake pads without changing the rotors if the rotors are in good condition, not warped, and within the specified thickness. However, it's recommended to consult a mechanic to assess the rotors' condition.

3. What should I do if I hear a grinding noise from the rear brakes?

Grinding noises often indicate metal-to-metal contact, suggesting severely worn brake pads. Ignoring this can damage the rotors. It's crucial to have the rear brake pads inspected and replaced immediately.

4. Are there performance differences between ceramic and semi-metallic rear brake pads?

Ceramic pads offer quieter operation and produce less dust, making them preferable for daily drivers. Semi-metallic pads provide better heat dissipation, making them suitable for high-performance or towing vehicles. Choose based on your driving needs.

5. How long can I wait after the brake pad wear indicator light comes on before replacing rear brake pads?

The brake pad wear indicator light signals that the pads have reached the minimum thickness. It's advisable to replace them as soon as possible to avoid damaging other brake components and ensure safe braking.

6. What's the importance of resurfacing or replacing the rear rotors during a rear brake pad replacement?

Resurfacing or replacing rear rotors ensures a smooth braking surface for the new pads, preventing uneven wear and enhancing braking performance. It's a recommended practice during brake pad replacements.

7. Can I upgrade my rear brake pads for better performance?Yes, upgrading to high-performance rear brake pads can enhance stopping power and reduce brake fade, especially for spirited driving or towing. Consult with a professional to find suitable upgrade options for your vehicle.

When you visit us for brake service, we inspect both front and rear brake pads for replacement with various replacement options to fit the budget.

Front & Rear Brake Rotor Resurfacing

A brake disc repair means machining or resurfacing your front or rear brake rotors. The main components of a brake disc repair are the brake pads and rotors. The rotor works as a cushion while the brake pads press against the metal brake discs. If the rotors become uneven but still have enough thickness, we can resurface the brake rotors rather than replace them.

Before resurfacing your brake rotors, we will measure the thickness to ensure they have enough metal surface to machine. We measure rotor thickness according to manufacturer specifications. 

If your rotors fall below these specs a brake rotor replacement will be required. Either way, we will inform you before any repair is performed on your vehicle.


The question to replace, resurface or machine brake rotors is common. We do our job to ensure a cost effective and safe solution for your brake disc repair.

Generally, on newer vehicles it is not necessary to replace rotors with every brake repair. Most rotors can be resurfaced or machined a few times but not beyond the point of the required thickness according to the manufacturer.

Although machining rotors with every brake pad replacement is not necessary, they should be resurfaced for better braking and remove surface groves and rust.

Beyond the required thickness, a brake rotor replacement will be necessary. We follow the recommendations of each manufacturer when replacing or resurfacing rotors.


  • Vibration or Pulsation: If you feel vibrations or pulsations in the brake pedal or steering wheel when braking, it's a sign of uneven brake rotor surfaces. This condition, known as brake pedal pulsation, indicates the need for rotor resurfacing or replacement.

  • Scoring or Grooves: Visible scoring, deep grooves, or rough patches on the rotor surface are signs of rotor wear. These imperfections can affect brake pad contact and performance, requiring rotor resurfacing or replacement, depending on the severity.

  • Blue or Discolored Rotor Surface: Excessive heat from aggressive or prolonged braking can cause the rotor surface to turn blue or develop a discolored hue. This discoloration signifies overheating and potential damage, necessitating rotor inspection and repair.

  • Rotor Thickness Variation: Rotor thickness variation occurs when different parts of the rotor have varying thickness levels. This unevenness can cause brake pedal pulsation and compromised braking performance, indicating the need for resurfacing or replacement.

  • Deep Rotor Rust: Surface rust on rotors is normal, but deep rust that affects the braking surface can lead to decreased performance. Resurfacing or replacement is necessary to restore a smooth, rust-free surface for the brake pads.

  • Visible Cracks: Cracks on the rotor surface, no matter how small, are a serious concern. Even minor cracks can compromise the structural integrity of the rotor and lead to complete failure. Rotor replacement is essential if cracks are present.


Front brake rotor resurfacing can typically be done within a few hours, while replacement might take slightly longer due to the additional steps involved. The duration can vary based on the vehicle's make and model, as well as the extent of rotor damage.

1. What causes front brake rotors to need resurfacing or replacement?

Front brake rotors can wear out due to prolonged use, heat, and friction. Factors like aggressive braking, driving in hilly areas, or towing can accelerate rotor wear, leading to the need for resurfacing or replacement.

2. How can I tell if my front brake rotors are warped?

Warped front brake rotors can cause steering wheel vibrations or pulsating sensations during braking. If you experience these symptoms, it's likely that your rotors are warped and need immediate attention.

3. Can I resurface my front brake rotors instead of replacing them to save money?

Resurfacing is a viable option if the rotors are within the specified thickness and don't have severe wear or deep grooves. However, if they are too thin or heavily damaged, replacement is necessary for safe and effective braking.

4. What's the difference in performance between resurfaced and new front brake rotors?

New front brake rotors provide optimal braking performance and heat dissipation. While resurfaced rotors can restore functionality, they might not offer the same level of performance and longevity as brand-new ones.

5. Is it necessary to replace both front brake rotors if only one is damaged?

For balanced braking performance, it's advisable to replace both front brake rotors simultaneously, even if only one shows signs of damage. Uneven rotor wear can affect braking efficiency and lead to safety concerns.

6. Can I upgrade my front brake rotors for better performance?

Yes, upgrading to performance-oriented front brake rotors can enhance braking responsiveness and reduce heat buildup, especially during aggressive driving or towing. Consult with a professional to find suitable upgrade options for your vehicle.

7. How long does front brake rotor resurfacing or replacement take?


Rear brake rotor machining demands precision and expertise. Resurfacing rear brake rotors is a meticulous process, ensuring a smooth, even surface for optimal brake pad contact. While resurfacing takes time to achieve perfection, replacement involves careful alignment and fitting, making it a detailed procedure that guarantees your vehicle's braking system functions flawlessly.

1. What are the signs that my rear brake rotors need resurfacing or replacement?

Look out for symptoms like pulsation or vibrations while braking, reduced braking efficiency, or visible scoring and grooves on the rotor surface. These signs indicate potential issues with the rear brake rotors.

2. Can I drive my car with worn rear brake rotors?

It's not recommended to drive with worn rear brake rotors, as they can compromise your ability to stop safely. Continued use can lead to further damage and increase the risk of accidents. It's crucial to have them inspected and replaced promptly.

3. How often should rear brake rotors be inspected for wear and tear?

Rear brake rotors should be inspected during regular brake system check-ups, typically every 20,000 to 30,000 miles. However, if you notice any unusual noises or sensations while braking, get them inspected immediately.

4. Is it normal for rear brake rotors to develop rust?

Minor surface rust can develop on brake rotors, especially after exposure to moisture. However, if you notice excessive rust or pitting, it's a sign of wear and tear. Regular driving usually cleans off light surface rust during braking.

5. Can rear brake rotors be resurfaced multiple times, or is replacement necessary after resurfacing once?

Rear brake rotors can undergo resurfacing multiple times as long as they remain above the minimum thickness specifications. However, repeated resurfacing can make the rotor too thin, necessitating replacement.

6. Are there benefits to upgrading to performance rear brake rotors?

Upgrading to performance rear brake rotors can improve heat dissipation, reduce brake fade, and enhance overall braking responsiveness. Performance rotors are ideal for drivers who engage in spirited driving or towing.

7. How does resurfacing or replacing rear brake rotors affect the overall braking system's performance?

Resurfacing or replacing rear brake rotors ensures a smooth braking surface for the brake pads, improving contact and reducing noise. It enhances braking efficiency, making your overall braking system more responsive and reliable.

Front & Rear Brake Caliper Service

A brake caliper repair is when you replace, service, or repair the brake calipers on your car. Your brake calipers are responsible for distributing pressure to your brake pads and slowing down or stop your vehicle. Generally, brake caliper repairs only require an inspection and service rather than a replacement. Brake calipers usually last throughout several brake pad replacements.

A common brake caliper repair is a seized or sticky caliper. This will apply constant pressure against your rotors as you drive wearing both your brake discs and pads.

Is brake caliper service included with a brake repair?

Yes, this is typically part of the overall brake replacement or repair. You may just need to replace the brake pads. However, servicing your calipers ensures that the brakes work properly and improves overall braking performance.

How often should brake calipers be replaced?

Brake calipers need to be replaced when they become defective or show excessive wear and tear.

You can tell that this is occurring when your car starts dragging while you take it out of park, or pulls to one side.


If you know for certain the brake calipers are seized, there are 2 options: 

  • Rebuild the caliper - this means replacing the internal parts of a brake caliper (caliper pistons pins and sliders) for proper function while the outer casting remains the same. Or you can:

  • Replace the caliper - Replacing the brake caliper means out with the old and in with the new. The more cost effective option for a caliper repair is a rebuild and if there is no damage to the caliper casting - rebuild it.

On a final note about brake caliper repair: Since we're talking about the braking power for your vehicle, it's always a good idea to repair, rebuild or replace both calipers (left and right side of the vehicle) for equal brake pressure.

If only one caliper is replaced, you run the chance of uneven brake wear and a vehicle that pulls to one side when braking - of course the repaired or replaced caliper will out perform the old and may be noticeable.

Service & Repair For Rear Brake Shoes & Drums


A brake shoe replacement is when you replace your brake shoes (typically at the rear wheels of older model vehicles) that have been worn thin from use. Luckily, brake shoe replacements often only require that you remove your old shoes and then install new ones in their place. It's a no-frills job that our mechanics can do in a short amount of time!


When brake drums wear down, they tend to crack and create uneven wear on the inner drum. If this happens, your brake pedal may pulsate. Stop by our brake repair shop to inspect whether you need can have your brake drums machined or replaced.

Before a brake drum repair or replacement, our mechanic will inspect it for cracks, grooves, and any other problems that indicate a bad brake drum. In some cases, a brake drum can be machined. In the event of badly worn drums, a replacement may be necessary. While we have your rear brakes apart, we will also inspect your wheel cylinders as well as your wheel seals to make sure everything is working optimally before we change your brake drum.

Best Priced Full Service Front & Rear Brake Repair Shop

By choosing us, you can be assured that your brake repairs will be executed with precision and meet the highest standards of quality. It is always essential to consider that the quality of the brake parts used and brake repair work is just as crucial as the price. 

We provide reasonable pricing to ensure that you receive a fair deal. So, don't hesitate to choose our brake repair shop, as we are committed to delivering exceptional value and top-notch brake repairs.

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