Brake Repair In Sonora

The brakes on your car are one of the most used parts and are the best safety devices. After owning your car for long enough, you know exactly how your brakes feel and should work. So when they start making odd sounds, don’t stop as fast as they did, or you feel something odd in the pedal, it’s very important to get them serviced.

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Brake repair and rotor repair is essential to understand. This article will cover what you should watch out for in your brakes so you can seek the best service available in the Sonora area. 

Subaru of Sonora offers a variety of affordable brake repair and rotor replacement services. We service all makes and models of cars and trucks in the Sonoma, California, and Tuolumne county area.

Common Brake Issues

Here's a general list of issues to watch for with your brakes:
  • Any change in the pedal feel as if it's easier to press or varies in pressure
  • Odd and new noises from brakes when used
  • Brakes locking up or when braking the car seems to pull in a direction
  • Brake or ABS dash light on
  • Brake fluid leaking from lines
  • Brake pedal is hard to press 
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, Subaru of Sonora is able to professionally diagnose your brake system. Please give Subaru of Sonora a call at (888) 392-4076 or visit our website for a free quote of service.

Brake Pad Replacement In Sonora California

What are Brake Pads?

Brake pads create friction against the brake rotor or drum to slow down the wheels, stopping the vehicle. These are made to wear down over time to not cause too much damage to the rotor, so they must be replaced regularly. It's wise to have your brake pads checked with every oil change to understand the amount of wear on them.

Signs of Wear or Damage to Brake Pads

Here is a list of signs of damage to your brake pads to look for:
  • A change in sound when braking
  • Odd vibrations from the wheel when braking
  • Reduced stopping power 
As brake pads are meant to be worn down in time, it's essential to replace them at regular intervals depending on how much you drive. With the proper replacement of brake pads and simple service, your car's brake system can stay reliable and safe. 

If you want someone to properly inspect your brake pads and replace them, please give Subaru of Sonora a call at (888) 392-4076 or visit our website for a free quote of service.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace Brake Pads?

Brake pads are one of the most inexpensive parts of a car's brake system. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, the cost can vary between $100 to upwards of $400, often on the low side.

Brake Rotor Replacement In Sonora Ca

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What are Brake Rotors?

Brake rotors are the round metal disks that are behind your wheels. They are bolted against your rims and tires, and when the brake pads press against the surface of the disk, the wheel slows to a stop.

Signs of Wear or Damage to Rotors

Here is a list of signs of wear or damage to rotors to look for:
  • A grinding, sometimes squealing sound from brakes
  • Vibrations in the wheel when braking
  • Reduced stopping power
  • Car drifting to the side when applying the brakes 
As you can see, brake rotors share much of the same signs of wear and damage as brake pads do. This is why it's important to have your rotors inspected when replacing your brake pads. The metal surface does wear down over time. If they experience too much heat, they can warp. Or perhaps if they experience salt and wet conditions, they may rust over and corrode over time. 

If you want someone to properly inspect your brake rotors and replace them, please give Subaru of Sonora a call at (888) 392-4076 or visit our website for a free quote of service.

Brake Rotor Replacement Cost

Depending on the make and model of the vehicle and service required, brake rotor replacement can cost between $200 to $800. Proper replacement of brake pads can reduce wear on rotors.

Brake Drum Service Sonora

What are Brake Drums?

Drum brakes are an older style of brakes. Most cars nowadays have what are called "disk brakes" which use an exposed rotor. However, on older vehicles or cost-effective vehicles, they might have drum brakes attached in the rear. 

Drum brakes have two parts: The drum which is like the brake rotor, and the drum pad much like the disk brake pad. We'll cover the whole drum brake in this section.

Signs of Wear or Damage to Drums

Similar to disk brakes, drum brakes can experience these issues:
  • Odd or sharp noises from the drum brakes
  • Reduced stopping power
  • Emergency/parking brake unreliability, as when applied this lever locks the rear brakes
  • Wobble in the steering wheel or drifting when braking 
Drum brakes should be kept in mind similar to disk brakes. However, drum brakes cannot be quickly inspected, unlike disk brakes. 

Brake Drum Replacement Cost Sonora California

Brake drums can be inexpensive and often only the pads need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of the car, drum brakes can cost between $40 to $400.

General Brake Service

What is Left in the Brake System?

Brake systems are hydraulic systems where oil is pushed through pressurized lines to press brake pads against rotors or drums. If there is any leak or loss of pressure, the system should be checked and broken parts should be replaced.

Signs of Issues in the Brake System

Here are some signs of issues with the brake system:
  • Too soft or too hard pedal pressure
  • Engine having issues when the brake pedal is pushed
  • Leaks from the brake system 
Many parts on the brake system are reliable, but if they fail they should be replaced as soon as possible. Common parts of the brake system include the brake master cylinder, brake booster, and brake fluid lines.

Brake System Repair Cost

As the brake system is a general system, the cost for repair and replacement can vary. It's best to have your system inspected so you have the best choice of options for repair.

Subaru Of Sonora Offers All Types of Auto Repair and Vehicle Maintenance

Subaru of Sonora offers a variety of repair and part replacement for all makes and models of vehicles. Please give us a call at (888) 392-4076 or visit our website for a free quote of service. We service everyone in Tuolumne county, including Angels Camp, Jamestown, and Twain Harte area. 

Financing is available from Subaru of Sonora through Sunbit financial services. It's a quick and easy way to get approved for a loan for any size of repair you require to keep your car safe and on the road. Apply for a quote with your service today!


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