Riverside Brake Services and Repairs

Ramona Tire & Service Centers delivers top-notch brake services at special savings. Come to our Riverside location where our expert brake technicians offer a free complete brake inspection and our premium brake service, which includes:

  • Visually inspecting the brake friction and hydraulic system
  • Resurfacing rotors and/or drums, as needed
  • Replacing brake pads and/or shoes with premium-grade ones
  • Checking wheel bearings and repacking them, if needed

Check our current discount coupons for special promotions and book your appointment online. 

Brake Check Schedule

To maximize your vehicle’s performance and your safety, we recommend that you get your brakes checked every six months or 6,000 miles, whichever comes first. You should also consider scheduling a brake check if you notice any of these signs of brake trouble: 

  • Odd sounds, including grinding, squealing, or thumping
  • Puddles of yellow brake fluid
  • Less resistance when you push on your brakes
  • More distance needed when coming to a stop
  • Pulling to the left or right when braking
  • Vibration felt in the pedal when braking

We gladly provide a free brake check when you come to our Riverside location for your regular oil change or tire rotation service.

Types of Riverside Brake Services

Besides free, comprehensive brake inspections, we also offer:

  • Replacement of brake pads and/or shoes
  • Lubrication of parts: brake calipers, hardware and machine drum/rotors
  • Flush of brake fluid

After our ASE-Certified technicians complete your brake service, they’ll test drive your vehicle, making sure that everything works appropriately. 

Tips for Making Your Brakes Last Longer

  • Because stop-and-go driving can wear brakes down more quickly, give yourself enough time and distance to stop more gradually. When possible, allow your vehicle to coast and naturally decelerate. It also helps to avoid riding your brakes, which causes unnecessary wear and tear. 
  • Reduce the weight in your vehicle. The more weight, the more pressure from the brakes is needed to come to a stop, which will wear them down more quickly. 
  • Finally, get regular brake inspections. Worn brake pads transfer more stress to other components, including the rotors. When you replace pads more often, this can help you to avoid more costly brake repairs later on.

Concierge Services

If you know or suspect you’re having brake problems, it’s understandable that you don’t want to drive the vehicle, even to get them inspected and repaired. Fortunately, if you live within three miles of one of our service centers, you can benefit from our free concierge service. We’ll pick up your vehicle, inspect and repair your brakes, and then return the vehicle. 

Choose Ramona Tire & Service Centers

Looking for “brake service near me?” You’ll find that and more at our Riverside locations. We offer a full range of Riverside auto repairs and services to get you back on the road quickly. We also provide free, detailed estimates before any work begins.

Make sure you never pay too much for expert brake service and repair—book your appointment at Ramona Tire & Service Centers today.

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Brake Service FAQs

Which Do I Need For My Car: Disc Brakes Or Drum Brakes?

Disc brakes consist of a disc-shaped rotor, brake calipers, and a pair of brake pads that create friction to bring a vehicle to a stop.  Drum brakes use brake shoes to press on the walls of the drums to stop the vehicle. Most cars manufactured today have a disc brake system on all four wheels. Older model cars often have disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear.

Disc brakes have these advantages over drum brakes:

  • Fewer components
  • Easier to check
  • Better at dissipating heat
  • Self-adjusting
  • Better stopping power

The major advantage to drum brakes is they are less expensive.

Auto centers with professional brake shops, like Ramona Tire, can help you identify which type of brakes your car or truck has and which type is best when replacements are needed.

What Is A Brake Rotor?

The metal brake rotor squeezes against the brake pads to stop a moving vehicle. A rotor is only found in disc brakes. The brake pads and rotors work together; one is necessary for the other to work. If either part is compromised, the disc brake system is ineffective.

How Do I Know My Brakes May Need Service?

Your brakes may give you several signs that you need to have them checked. Watch for these red flags:

  • Car pulling to one side 
  • Vibrations in the brake pedal
  • Little or no resistance when the brake pedal depressed
  • Squealing or grinding from the brakes
  • Burning smell when braking

These are common indicators that your brake pads or shoes need inspection. Make an appointment at Ramona Tire in Riverside for brake service as soon as possible. Neglecting a simple brake repair like a brake pad replacement may lead to an expensive repair later.

You should also pay attention when:

  • The car bounces or stops erratically when braking quickly
  • The brakes react with too much force
  • The brakes fail to disengage
  • Brake pads appear to be less than ¼” thick
  • Wear indicators on the brake pads are no longer visible

Signs such as these can mean moisture has gotten into the system, the brake fluid needs to be replaced, or the brake pads themselves may be worn and need to be replaced. A mounting may need tightening or the calipers may need readjusting.

What Does the ABS System Do?

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) is a safeguard that prevents the wheels from locking up in hard braking situations. The ABS pumps the brakes and stops the wheels from skidding and prevents the driver from losing control of the car. 

If you notice that the ABS light on your dashboard is on, your brakes need to be checked. Make an appointment at Ramona Tire for an inspection by our brake repair experts.

Which Brake Pads Are Best For My Car?

The brake experts at our Riverside location will be happy to recommend the type of brake pads that are right for your car or truck. 

Here’s what to know about brake pads: Brake pads are metallic, ceramic, or organic. Metallic pads are the most common and least expensive. Ceramic pads are lightweight so they are most often the choice for performance vehicles. They also cost more than metallic pads. Organic pads are safer for the environment but don’t last as long as the other types of brake pads. Ask your brake specialist for advice on the best choice for your vehicle.

What Does “Within the Manufacturer’s Specifications” Mean?

The owner’s manual for your car outlines the specifications for the vehicle set by the manufacturer. When selecting brake pads, consider things like the weight of your vehicle, your driving style, and the temperature range in your region. Much of this information is in your owner’s manual. Then get the advice of Ramona Tire’s brake specialists as you choose which pads are the best for your car or truck.