Welcome to Audi Mission Viejo's Brake Center!

Orange County's #1 service department and wholesale parts center. Whether you need a simple brake inspection, brake service, or brake replacement, we are the one stop shop for all of your needs!

Here at Audi Mission Viejo, we understand that your Audi's braking system features some of the vehicle's most important components. For the safety of you and your passengers, it's crucial to have your car's brakes regularly inspected and serviced. Whether you need a brake fluid flush, new pads, or a full braking system overhaul, you can rely on our factory-trained technicians to carry out the work to the highest standards.

Brake Inspections in Mission Viejo, CA
When your Audi's braking system is in good condition, you can slow down and stop your car safely and efficiently. By inspecting the system regularly at Audi Mission Viejo, our experienced technicians can detect any potential issue early and fix it before it becomes a more serious problem. During the inspection, the technician will check the following:
  • Brake pads for thickness and wear.
  • Brake rotors for wear and warping.
  • Master and slave cylinders for correct function.
  • Brake fluid levels and any sign of leakage.
  • Hoses for leaks or cracks.
If necessary, the technician will recommend a brake service according to the Audi service schedule.

Brake Service in Mission Viejo, CA
During a brake service at Audi Mission Viejo, our technician will remove the pads and calipers and lubricate components as required to prevent seizing or sticking. They will clean any rust or grime from the discs to stop them from grinding or squealing and replace any pads with excess wear.

They will also check brake lines and hoses for leaks or cracks and test the brake fluid quality and level. It's recommended that you get the brake fluid flushed and replaced every two years, regardless of your car's mileage, and our technician will do this for you when required. Once the technician has reassembled your brakes, you can drive away confident that they're working at their best for your safety.

Signs Your Car's Brakes Need Servicing
The idea of your car's brakes failing when you need to make a quick stop is a scary thought, but in reality, it's very unlikely that the brakes would let you down without some signal that there's a problem. Usually, you would hear unusual noises, feel a difference when you press the pedal, or notice visible signs. If you observe any of the following symptoms, it's crucial to have your brakes checked as soon as possible.

Strange Noises
The most common noise you'll hear from your car's brakes is squealing. This is generally caused by the wear indicators built into the brake pads. When the pads reach their wear limit, it exposes the small metal tabs, and they touch the surface of the rotors to let you know you need to replace the pads.

If you notice a terrible grinding noise, the pads could have completely worn out, allowing the calipers to grind on the rotors. When that happens, you'll likely need to replace the discs too. Grinding or squealing can also be caused by something like a small stone getting caught in a caliper.

Your Car's Brakes Feel Different
If you notice that your car's brake pedal feels different when you press it and the brakes aren't as responsive as usual, it could be due to one of the following reasons:
  • If the brake pedal feels softer or travels further down than normal, it might indicate a hydraulic problem, low brake fluid level, or air in the system.
  • When you brake, and your car pulls to either side, it could be a sign of a seized caliper, uneven wear of the brake linings, or contaminated brake fluid.
  • If the brake pedal vibrates or pulsates when you press it, this often indicates a brake rotor problem, such as a bent or warped disc.
Visual Inspection
The spoked wheels on your Audi make it easy to inspect its brakes. Check the rotors for discoloration or damage. If the pads have worn down to under a quarter-inch thick, it's time to replace them. Also, check for small pools of liquid near the wheels that might indicate a brake fluid leak.

Check out our service and parts special pages above to see if we are currently running any brakes specials, and then contact us or schedule a service appointment yourself for a reliable, hassle free experience.

Read on for our brakes FAQ and simple diagnosis guide and to see why we have the best service department in all of Orange County.


Why Have Your Audi Brakes Serviced With Us?

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE
Here at Audi, good service is a must. That's why we currently employ 2 of the top 10 Audi Technicians in the entire United States

Our service team has the leadership and the skill set to get it right every time - whether it is a simple oil change or a detailed maintenance check.





AUDI MAGNA SOCIETY AWARD WINNER
The Magna Society honors only the best of the best Audi dealerships in the United States. This means we exceed customer service objectives by huge margins.

While you wait, enjoy complimentary refreshments and wireless internet in our Quattro Café, and we'll take care of the rest.
HIGH QUALITY OEM PARTS
We operate as a OEM Audi parts wholesaler that supplies parts to many businesses in the area, which means that we can offer the best deals on the best parts around.

Our inventory is the largest in Southern California, but we pride ourselves on reliability and delivery speed as well.

FAQ

Why have a regular brake inspection?
A regular brake inspection enables our technicians to quickly identify any problems with your car's braking system. When problems aren't detected early, it can affect the safe operation of the braking system, putting you and your family at risk. It may also lead to more expensive repairs in the future.

Why do you have to service/replace your brakes?
Right along with your seat belt, your brakes are the most important component of your car in keeping you and your loved ones safe, and your car driving smoothly. Additionally, waiting too long between inspections can lead to dangerous and expensive problems.

Your brakes are made up of brake lines, brake pads, rotors, and calipers. Your brake pads are designed to be replaced and are not very expensive - however, failing to replace these in time can destroy any and every other brake component which are not nearly as cheap.

So, instead of waiting and having to replace 2-5 parts, it is much easier to simply get regular inspections and Audi brake service to fix problems before they escalate.

What makes brake pads wear out quickly? 
Your car's brake pads wear down with everyday use, but some types of driving wear them out quicker than normal. Some of the factors that shorten their lifespan include:
  • Frequent driving on hilly and winding roads.
  • Daily driving in stop-and-go traffic.
  • Aggressive driving with excessive and harsh braking.
  • Using substandard brake components that aren't original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.

What affects brakes and make them wear down?
Everyday regular use wears down your breaks, however if they are used more often and harder than normal, then you can expect their life-cycle to be shorter. Some examples of conditions and factors which increase the rate of your Audi brakes degrading include:
  • Aggressive driving
  • Bad road conditions (ex: ice, snow, rain)
  • Driving on roads with steep inclines and sharp turns
  • Stop-and-go traffic (ex: every CA freeway)
  • Using cheap/unreliable brake system components
  • Excessive use of brakes

How often do my car's brakes need to be inspected?
Your mileage and type of driving can affect how frequently your brakes need to be inspected; however, for the average driver, it is recommended that you get your brakes inspected every 6 months to 1 year. Doing so will keep you safe on the roads and help you to stay on top of brake maintenance so you can avoid expensive repairs and replacements in the future. With this timeframe, you can make scheduling your brake service easy to remember and just do it each time your have your tires rotated! 

If you are an aggressive driver, are often driving in stop-and-go traffic for long periods, or regularly drive in tough conditions, then the safe bet would be to stay closer to the 6 month mark for brake inspections. Your brakes can go from semi-damaged to absolutely destroyed very quickly.

Why are my car's brake pads dusty?
When the brake pads make contact with the discs, it creates a small amount of brake dust. Over time, this dust will build up on the pads causing the black or grey buildup you see on your wheels. There are a few options when it comes to preventing brake dust, including
  • Using an aerosol brake dust repellent
  • Mounting a brake dust shield
  • Applying an advanced finishing
  • Switching to ceramic brake pads

Why are my Audi brakes squealing / squeaking?
A high-pitched sqealing or squeaking noise when applying or releasing your brakes is the #1 most common tell-tale sign that your brakes need to be serviced soon. This is actually an intentional design feature on modern car brake pads which means that your brake pads are wearing thin and must be replaced ASAP.

Squeaking can also be due to rust or debris on the rotor surface - but the end result is the same. Get your brakes inspected ASAP.

Why are my Audi brakes making a grinding sound?
Brakes making a grinding noise is one of the worst sounds you can hear and must be dealt with immediately or risk replacing your entire braking system or causing a terrible accident.

If your brakes are "grinding" while applying brake pressure, it is likely because the caliper is grinding against your rotor disc. This is normally due to extreme wear of the brake pads or rotors and should be addressed quickly before further damage is done.

You can think of your brake pads like a protective bar of soap - the more they are used, the thinner and smaller they become. And once they are completely gone, your braking system has absolutely no protection from metal pieces grinding against each other. At this point, it is only a matter of time until catastrophic failure.

Why did my Audi brake pressure decrease and feel spongy?
Sometimes brake pedals will lose pressure or feel spongy, causing you to have to push down much harder to get your vehicle to slow down or stop. Some of the most common causes of spongy brakes include:
  • Air in your brake lines - air preventing the flow of brake fluid is one of the most common and easier issues to fix by 'flushing' the air out of the brake lines
  • Damage to your brake lines - rust, car accidents, or even wear and tear over time can cause your brake lines to damage, creating holes which disrupt your brake fluid pressure
  • Old or low brake fluid - much like motor oil, over time your braking system uses up brake fluid. It can also break down to not be as effective as it once was, so it must be replaced or filled up with new fluid
  • Damaged / bad components - worn or damaged braking system parts, which could include the calipers, rotors, or cylinders, all play major roles and damage to any of them can affect your brake pedal pressure

Should you have any concerns about your car's brakes or other service items, our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are ready to answer your questions. Schedule a brake inspection or brake service at Audi Mission Viejo today by filling out the online form, calling us, or visiting our conveniently located service center in Mission Viejo, California.