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BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR

A vehicle's brakes are one of its most important safety features, and we want to make sure that American Tire and Car Care customers stay safe. Whether your brake pads are signaling they need replacement, your brake light is on, or you're not comfortable with how quickly your vehicle is slowing down, call us at 775-786-8473 or visit us in Reno and we'll give you a prompt diagnosis of your braking system's safety and reliability.

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. American Tire and Car Care 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 caliper 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 American Tire and Car Care 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 American Tire and Car Care 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 American Tire and Car Care where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.

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Testimonials

  • Got excellent mechanic service, and I plan to go back again. My car was in and out very fast. I was glad to have my catalytic converter swapped. Thanks guys !!!
    -Michi Garibay

  • Top of the line auto care facility!! The owner was incredibly friendly and helpful from our very first interaction over the phone! Not only did he make me a great deal on a set of tires, but he was patient and understanding when I was an airhead. I was in Reno from across the state for a conference and decided to get tires installed while in town. The tires were installed just before my conference was set to begin. Top of the line customer service!! My husband and I will return for our next set of tires for sure. As a first impression of the Reno area, I was impressed! Thanks Mike and Kane!
    -Jamie Nichole

  • During a road trip from Portland to Reno, we noticed the tire pressure warning light was on. We had just bought four new tires prior to this trip and wanted to check it out. When in Reno, Mike McGriff was great. He looked at our tires, found they were inflated way over the recommended PSI, took some air out and reassured us about continuing our journey. Thanks, Mike, you went out of your way to help us!!!!
    -John Stoffregen

  • Mike (the owner) and his team are absolutely AMAZING! Truly genuine guys. I took in my car with some details about what was going on, and they knew exactly what was wrong. Not to mention they had it fixed the very next day. I really trust Mike and his crew. They understood the work I wanted done and didn't push me into unnecessary fixes and parts. I will be telling all my friends about this shop and the great care I received! P.S. Mike's daughter works there in the front of the shop, and that really put me at ease. I felt like he treated me the way he would want her to be treated in a strange town.
    -Elly Waller

  • I was just at American Tire and had a complete service check and oil change. They were very professional and courteous from the beginning. They were very honest and thorough in their work. The workers at the shop were also very helpful when I first arrived. I would recommend their services to anyone in Reno looking for great auto care and repair. Thanks!
    -David S