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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

They did a great job diagnosing my brake issue. They walked me through my options and alternatives for the repair without any pressure. Great experience. Since it was raining that day, they even walked my wife out to the car under an umbrella. Hi Stephen! Thanks for taking the time to review us. Thank you for your friendship, your business, and the opportunity to serve you throughout the years! 1/30/2017
Stephen P.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

Tbe minute I strpped into the office of GIC car clinic, I knew my car and I would be taken care off. In my personal business, communication is everything, and I loved the sraight foreward style of communication and constant updates I received about my car. Their entire staff is friendly and caring. Besides the great care for my car, they also took care of me. I was provided with a loaner car, which solved my biggest immediate problem. Their beutiful office had a counter with coffee, really good rum cake, and even home baked biscotti cookies. A bowl of fruit and good candy were there as well. I felt reassured and taken care of. A few days after I got my car back, which runs great, I received a pachage from GIC car clinic. In it was a gift, containing a beautiful card and two delicious brownies, which went absolutely great with my cup of coffee that morning. My car and I have never been better taken care off. Thank you! Hi Dagmar! Thank you for taking the time to review us and thank you for giving us the opportunity to take care of your Honda. We sincerely appreciate your business. We look forward to working with you again soon! 2/1/2017
Dagmar
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

Always very helpful and communicative about the actual car repair and why it or other repairs may be good to get at the same time or in the near future. Happy to have found them through RepairPal. Thanks, GiC! 3/13/2017
Ernestine A.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

GIC is great! I just discovered them when looking for an alternative to my dealership service department. They are welcoming, courteous and take the time to explain the work that needs to be done (and the work that does not need to be done - they don't just stick it to you because they got the hood open. If it needs repair they say so. If it does not - they can be trusted to say so and not just charge you for necessary work). I like the photos they take of the parts that they'r working on that support the work they're doing. Getting text updates is also a plus. Great guys - I will be back and you should check them out. 3/29/2017
Malcolm B.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

They are knowledgeable, not trying to push you for their services and are ready to explain every tiny bit of work they recommend to do / completed. Hi Kirill! Thanks for taking the time to review us! We hope that your electrical issues stay away. 5/31/2016
Kirill
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GIC Car Clinic's service is exceptional. When I arrive for a scheduled appointment, they attend to my needs promptly, wasting none of my time. They also have two loner cars available, which is very helpful. Hi Charles! Thank you for trusting us with the service on your BMW. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit! 7/21/2016
Charles M.

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San Jose Auto Repair | Brownies, Chocolates & Madeleines

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San Jose Auto Repair | We are super careful with our work

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San Jose Auto Repair | keeping the car clean

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San Jose Auto Repair | Prebook next maintenance service

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San Jose Auto Repair | Rental Car or Loaner Car

Rental Car or Loaner Car

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San Jose Auto Repair | On-going technical courses for our techs

On-going technical courses for our techs

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San Jose Auto Repair | going shop manegement courses

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San Jose Auto Repair | Car wash and vacuum with every service

Car wash and vacuum with every service.

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San Jose Auto Repair | Make sure that your vehicle is safe to be on the road

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San Jose Auto Repair | Fresh Coffee

Fresh Coffee

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San Jose Auto Repair | Hand written thank you cards

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San Jose Auto Repair | Tea

Tea

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San Jose Auto Repair | Comfortable Coaches
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San Jose Auto Repair | Call the day before appointment

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Car Brakes Repair Services San Jose | GIC Car Clinic

Applied at the brake pedal, the driver's braking effort is multiplied by the brake booster and then applied to the master cylinder. The brake master cylinder transmits the braking effort—via the brake fluid—to the brake calipers (on disc brakes) or to the rear wheel cylinders (on non-disc brakes). Consistent with the driver's pedal effort, first the calipers press the brake pads against the brake rotors. Then, the brake wheel cylinders apply the brake shoes against the brake drums, thereby braking the car.

Most new vehicles have anti-lock brakes (ABS) for faster, safer braking. The parking, emergency brake can be used as a mechanical or electronic backup in case the hydraulic system fails.

Braking System Components

Brake fluid transmits the force from the brake pedal to each wheel. Brake fluid degrades over time and needs to be replaced as a part of regular car maintenance. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended service intervals.

The brake master cylinder is linked to the brake booster to the brake pedal. It regulates the brake fluid pressure exerted onto the brake discs or drums. When the brake pedal is pressed, the brake master cylinder creates hydraulic pressure in the brake lines and brake hoses. This pressure pushes pistons in the brake caliper that force the brake pads against the rotors. On drum brakes, the wheel cylinders force the brake shoes against the drums. The harder you press on the brake pedal, the greater the pressure created by the master cylinder, and the faster the vehicle stops.

It requires a significant amount of force to stop a car. It would be difficult for a typical driver to produce this force without a brake booster. Located between the brake pedal and the brake master cylinder, the brake booster is powered by the vacuum created by either the engine, or an electric pump, or hydraulic fluid.

Nearly all modern cars are equipped with disc brakes at the front wheels. Disc brakes include a brake rotor/disc, a brake caliper, and two brake pads per wheel. Friction is generated when the calipers force the pads against the rotors, thus slowing the rotation of the wheel and the vehicle.

Drum brakes are more likely found on older vehicles, although some modern cars still use them in the rear. Drum brakes include a wheel cylinder, brake shoe, and a round brake drum that rotates with the wheel. When the brake pedal is pressed, the wheel cylinder pushes the brake shoes outward against the drum. The resulting friction slows the rotation of the wheels and the vehicle.

If you’ve ever felt and heard the electronic pulsation of your brakes under heavy braking, you’ve experienced anti-lock brakes (A.B.S.). First introduced in the 1970s, they're now standard on almost all vehicles, and for good reason. Skidding wheels have less traction and won't turn as well as non-skidding wheels. In slippery conditions or under heavy braking, A.B.S. help keep your wheels from skidding, so you can stop faster while still being able to steer. An ABS control module continually measures the speed of each wheel. With the help of a wheel speed sensor, the module is able to tell when a wheel is starting to skid. If it senses that the wheel is locking up, the module temporarily releases and applies brake pressure with as many as fifteen pulsations per second to slow both the wheels and car as quickly and safely as possible.

The parking/emergency brake can be used as a non-hydraulic brake system backup. It can be either cable or electronically operated. By pressing the parking brake pedal or pulling the parking brake lever, a cable is pulled to activate the rear brakes. The cable may operate the existing brakes, or it may have its own assembly inside the hub of the rear brake rotors.

Brake system repairs

Most people don't think about our car's brakes until we need them for a panic stop, hear a screeching or grinding noise, or when a warning light comes on. Brakes are worn down every time you drive your car. It's important to keep them maintained and serviced, before you hear that screeching. The sooner the better and cheaper.

All vehicles incorporate some type of brake warning system to inform the driver of a problem. A warning light is the most common. It typically alerts a driver of:

  • Low brake fluid
  • Brake system hydraulic pressure failure
  • An applied parking brake
  • An anti-lock brake malfunction
  • Worn Brake pads
  • An inoperative brake light bulb

Some brake systems have metal clips that rub on the brake rotors when brake pads are worn out. This causes a high-pitched, fingernails-on-a-chalkboard screech when the brake pedal is pressed. Some newer vehicles alert the driver in a more civilized and agreeable manner with warning lights or computerized messages. No matter which your car has, it's critical to address the issue promptly.

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