Brakes

This is one core component you want to work consistently in your car, truck, SUV or hybrid. Without fail.
Because a brake failure is downright scary and dangerous.

These are a few of the terms & parts you may hear about related to your vehicle’s braking system:

ABS systems

Brake boosters

Brake calipers

Brake drums

Brake hoses and lines

Brake master cylinders

Brake pads

Brake rotors

Brake shoes

Brake/ABS modules

Wheel bearings

Wheel cylinders

Wheel hubs

This is a picture of a brake fluid leak from a rear wheel cylinder on a Honda Civic with drum brakes. Brake fluid leaks can cause unsafe braking conditions. If your brake fluid is low be sure to have the systems inspected.

During your vehicle’s “bigger” maintenance services, (the 30k, 60k, 90k & 120k mile appointments) the brake fluid usually gets flushed.

But in addition, you’ll want to monitor, or check in on, the wear on the brake pads as well. Kind of the same way you’d keep an eye on your tires’ wear & tread levels.

If you’re feeling like you have to really stomp down hard on your brake pedal, or that you need to push really far in on your brake pedal to feel your vehicle’s braking system engage, definitely have your brakes looked at sooner than later.

We’ll have a technician take a test drive with you if you’re concerned about your brakes. Let’s get you some piece of mind! We want you safe, happy and thriving in your life and on the road!

What you need to know about your new brakes

More about brakes and brake maintenance

Schedule your next service with us. We’re ready to take good quality care of you & your car, truck, SUV or hybrid.

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Tom's Automotive Service
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Penny Winfield
Penny Winfield

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 day ago

I started going to Tom's Automotive Service on the recommendation of a friend and I am so glad that I did! I found the staff to be professional, knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and accommodating. I stopped by to make an appointment, but needed to have oil added immediately which was done. I also had another problem which they handled promptly. Now they are helping me set up a schedule for servicing my car that should keep things running smoothly. I feel that my car is in good hands and I am very pleased.

Kyle Freemantle
Kyle Freemantle

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Took in my Mazda for a 20k mile tune-up and had the most transparent experience with a mechanic I've ever had. Easy to work with, friendly staff, all that good stuff. I have a car that has relatively uncommon oil (0W-20) and within an hour of me dropping it off for service they called me up and told me they'd have to go and get some and how it would affect the cost of repair. This wasn't a surprise to me, but they're the first place that's actually given me a heads up. In any case, good and timely service at a reasonable cost. Definitely give them a try if you need service in West Seattle.

Hannah Holmstrom
Hannah Holmstrom

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

The crew at Tom's is extraordinary. They were incredibly helpful, and when my car couldn't be saved, Bryce took time out of his day to give me direction on where to go and what to do. They were overly generous giving me ample time to leave my car in their lot while I figured out what to do with it. I would recommend Tom's to everyone! Such great people!!!

Ryan Day
Ryan Day

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 hours ago

Always great service . The staff is amazing . My wife and I have used them a few times since moving to West Seattle 11 years ago . The shuttle is always nice since we live in West Seattle.

Suky Hutton
Suky Hutton

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Everyone at Tom's is a pleasure to work with: they're good listeners and generous problem solvers. They're clear about the repair work they suggest, they offer a range of options when that's appropriate, and their prices are fair. They also try to get you in as quickly as possible, sometimes immediately. I remain a grateful customer after 30 years!