At Familia Automotive, we want our Stockton customers to have the opportunity to feel comfortable in their vehicle. You can leave the repairs and services to our professionals, but please don't hesitate to ask us questions about why a service is needed or how it occurred. Give us a call at 209-933-1829, and we will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services Familia Automotive offers.
Anti-Lock Brake System
The Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) ensures your wheels keep rotating during braking, preventing skidding and providing better control. If your ABS light illuminates, visit Familia Automotive for a diagnosis and professional repair.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid can absorb moisture from the air over time, diminishing brake effectiveness and becoming corrosive, potentially harming the system. Regular brake fluid flushes are vital to ensure fresh fluid usage in your vehicle. Consult our technicians at Familia Automotive to determine the right time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose carries pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A damaged hose can lead to delayed or weak braking, and a leak may result in brake failure. While the need for a replacement brake hose isn't common, any signs of cracking or wear should prompt immediate replacement.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Squealing brakes often indicate brake pad issues. When brake pads deteriorate completely, a harsh metal-on-metal grinding noise occurs during braking, indicating potential rotor or drum damage. Although experienced individuals may attempt home repairs, if you have brake concerns, it's best to consult an auto repair professional promptly.
The brake caliper houses brake pads and clamps around the rotor to apply pressure during braking. Caliper problems can cause uneven braking, leading to skidding during braking and loss of control in adverse weather conditions. Contact Familia Automotive in Stockton at your earliest convenience for assistance.
In a disc brake system, rotors attach to your vehicle's wheels. The friction with brake pads over time creates grooves and cracks. The process of resurfacing restores rotors to a "like-new" condition, reducing noise and wobbling. At Familia Automotive, we inspect your rotors thoroughly and recommend the best course of action.
FAQs About Brakes
What percent of brake pad life is 3mm?When you purchase a new brake pad, it has a standard thickness of around 8 to 12 mm or about a half inch. Over time, your car's brake pad will wear away. A brake pad at 3 mm or around one tenth of an inch will take around 40,000 miles of driving to completely wear out. Don't wait until then to replace your brake pads. Once your brake pads reach 3 mm it is recommended that you schedule an appointment to get them replaced soon.
Why is my dashboard brake light on?If the brake light indicator appears on your dashboard, it's either time for regular brake maintenance or an alert to a potential problem. Stop by Familia Automotive and let us help you diagnose this issue quickly.
What is the 30-30-30 rule for brakes?Brake specialists advise initiating new brake pads by using a 30-30-30 method: Perform 30 gradual stops from 30 mph, allowing 30 seconds between each stop for the brakes to cool. This process protects against excessive heat buildup until the resins in the pads have completely cured.
Why are my brakes squeaking?Noises coming from your brakes do not usually indicate a high-cost auto repair. It could be a foreign object such as a small stone or road debris. It could also be a signal that your brake-pads are wearing out and need replacing. As brake pads wear bits of metal in your brake pad come in contact with the rotor to create a squeaking noise when you apply the brakes.
Why are my brakes making a grinding noise?Grinding noises usually indicate that your car's brake system is overdue for maintenance. The grinding sound is usually caused by the brake pad being completely worn away or the brake shoe scraping on metal contact points.
Why are my brakes vibrating?If your car shakes or vibrates or wobbles when you apply the brakes, it indicates that the thickness of your rotor is uneven. Brake rotors are large, perfectly round, smooth metal discs that sit inside of the wheels. When the disc has become misshapen or unevenly worn it will vibrate or wobble when you hit the brakes. Left uneven, the material will continue to build on the uneven spots, making the problem worse over time. Come to Familia Automotive to get the face of your car's brake rotors resurfaced to fix the problem.
How do I know if my car is leaking brake fluid?If your car does not stop as quickly as you expect you may be leaking brake fluid. This is a serious problem. An important part of the braking process involves brake fluid, which is used to create hydraulic pressure against the brake caliper. If your vehicle is leaking brake fluid, you won't be able to stop safely. We recommend taking your vehicle to an auto repair shop as quickly as possible if it is leaking brake fluid.
Why is my car pulling to one side when I am braking?If your car is pulling to one side when braking it may be a bad brake hose or a caliper issue causing one brake to engage while the other is not. This causes a pull on the side where the brake is working properly.
Why are my brakes making a burning smell?Overheated brakes cause a noticeable burning chemical smell. Pull over to a safe place and allow the brakes to cool. Ensure you did not accidentally leave the parking brake on. If there's any smoke coming from a wheel, it may be that the brake caliper is malfunctioning and locked in place. In this case, it may be unsafe to continue driving.
What are the 3 signs that brake pads are worn?The three most common sounds that indicate you need to replace your brake pads are squeaking, grinding or the dashboard brake indicator light coming on.
What are the 3 types of brake pads?There are three main types of brake pads in use today: non-asbestos organic, ceramic and semi-metallic. Come by Familia Automotive or consult your car's owner's manual to determine which type is best for your vehicle.
Excellent service from Familia automotive. I needed a break fluid exchange. The price was very reasonable and my appointment was made instantly. Very friendly service and also very informative. I was given a lot of good advice and detailed information I needed to know about my car. The process was fast and with all the routine maintenance checks. My engine compartment was cleaned and all fluids topped up. I am very happy with the level of work and customer service. I highly recommend visiting this shop and I am for sure going back and telling all my family and friends.Ajay Parmanand
I used them for my moms vehicle-had her brakes replaced a few months ago. I will definitely be using them for my vehicles as well. They are very reliable, honest, trustworthy and friendly. You just get a good vibe and a lot of automotive places I am skeptical about. They definitely make you feel comfortable. Their prices are definitely within reason. Couldn't ask for a better place to take my cars to. They won't let you down!Tisha R.
I was referred by my sister /brother and this is a family owned business, I needed brakes and rotators, he looked at it and gave me a price..Words can not express the kindness and honesty.. especially the cost that I didn't feel what am I going to do..without it hitting the pocket so much... totally would Recommend this place to everyone. Even posted to Facebook friends and family.Cindy Flores
I thought my car was going to get new control arms. BUT, I didn't because Klent went through it with a fine tooth comb. I appreciate his professionalism and most of all his honesty. Thank you for giving me hope that there are still people like you. Big ups and God bless you all at Familia Automotive.
Took my car to Robles Automotive to get it fixed. Robles had my car for months, finally got it, fix cost over 7 hundred dollars and still did not fix it. Went to Familia Automotive and they did an excellent job and was cheaper with a longer warranty. No more issues, car runs great and been going there since. Gets the job done.