Berkeley Brake Service and Repair
Welcome to the premier brake repair shop in Berkeley. Driving in Bay Area traffic combined with Berkeley hills is tough on brakes. At Berkeley Bob’s we provide full-service brake repair for Volvo, Audi, Volkswagen, Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Subaru, Kia, and Hyundai vehicles. Whether you own a Volvo XC 90 or a Toyota Prius Hybrid, you can bring them to us knowing that our nationally ASE certified technicians will take great care of your car.
A properly functioning brake system is vital to the safety of your vehicle and its occupants. Here are just a few signs it might be time to bring your vehicle for a brake inspection:
• Pulling to the right or left when stopping
• Brake dashboard light is on
• Grinding or squealing during braking
• Vibration in the steering wheel or pedal when stopping
• Brake dashboard ABS light on constantly or intermittently, signaling problems with the anti-lock brake system (ABS)
• Brake pedal is spongy or slow to respond
• Handbrake is not holding on a hill
• Brake pedal pulsation accompanied by thumping sound
When you bring your vehicle to Berkeley Bob’s for a brake inspection our ASE certified technicians will perform a comprehensive 4 wheel brake system inspection including a hand brake efficiency test and a hydroscopic analysis test of the brake fluid.
At Berkeley Bob’s after we remove all 4 wheels we check the brake pads thickness and wear pattern, inspect front brake rotors and rear brake rotors for grooves, rust, hot spots and any other wear in addition to measuring their thickness. The brake calipers are inspected looking for loose or missing hardware then the brake hoses are examined for cracks, bubbles and leaks. Brake drums are pulled if required and thickness is measured noting any grooves or hot spots and other markings on the contact surface. Hand brake operation is evaluated. Brake fluid is hydroscopically analyzed and the reservoir is inspected for dirt or other contamination.
We are able to diagnose and repair all problems with anti-lock braking systems including sensors and control unit issues. Any concerns are noted, estimated if repairs are needed and then reported to you for consideration. After you review and authorize, repairs will be completed on your vehicle and in most cases the car will be ready for you the same day.
Remember, when you bring your vehicle to Berkeley Bob’s you can expect honest, quality, skilled and factory trained, ASE certified technicians doing the work on your vehicle. We back up our work with the best in the business warranty - 3 year / 36,000 miles.
So, if you find your car is in need of brake work, would like a brake inspection or are concerned about your brake operation it would be our pleasure to help you. Give us a call and we’d be happy to arrange a time for a brake inspection that is convenient for you.