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BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR

At Elmer Sweetwood & Sons, we want our El Cajon 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 619-444-1696, and we will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services Elmer Sweetwood & Sons offers.

Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you'll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it's too late and you're ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.

Resurface Rotors
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a "like-new" condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. Elmer Sweetwood & Sons will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.

Caliper Replacement
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliber problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact Elmer Sweetwood & Sons as soon as possible.

Brake Hoses
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don't need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.

Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to our technicians at Elmer Sweetwood & Sons about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.

Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don't stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit Elmer Sweetwood & Sons where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • State of California Licensed Smog Check Test & Repair
  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • IATN (International Automotive Technicians' Network)
  • ALL-DATA
  • IDENTIFIX
  • MITCHELL 1
  • World Pac
  • NAPA
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

  • Elmer Sweetwood and Sons took really good care of me and my 1996 Ford Bronco. Sam along with the other knowledgeable and experienced mechanics worked diligently on my car to get it running well again. Thanks to these guys my Bronco runs like a champ even better than before. I highly recommend this auto repair shop for anyone who wants to repair there car in a timely fashion and great price. Thanks again Sweetwood!
    -Oscar Vargas

  • How can you go wrong with a business named Elmer Sweetwood and Sons. Old School. Honesty and integrity. Been taking my Ford Ranger there for service for a few years. I have been very satisfied with the customer service and the quality of work. Highly recommend Elmer Sweetwood for your automotive and truck needs.
    -William Denhart

  • My experience was as always.....prompt, courteous and reasonable. Keep up the good work. Merry Christmas to all the hard workers at Sweetwood.
    -Bobette Drimmel