Your wheels and brakes are two of the most important parts of your car. Making sure your wheels are aligned and that your brakes are functioning properly are critical to keeping you safe on the road. General Auto Repair provides professional, reliable, and affordable wheel alignments and brake inspections at our state-of-the-art facility in San Diego. 

Wheel Alignment

If you hit a pothole or bump a curb, your car’s wheel alignment can be significantly thrown off. You may not notice the effects at first, but even the slightest alignment issue can cause premature wear on your tires and suspension, and even impact your car’s fuel efficiency.  

To extend the life of your tires, improve the handling of your vehicle and save money at the gas pump, we recommend an annual wheel alignment service. An alignment may be necessary sooner if you experience any of the following:

  • Your vehicle pulls to the left or right

  • Uneven or rapid tire wear

  • Your steering wheel is crooked, even when driving straight

  • Squealing tires

8 Reasons Why Car Wheel Alignment & Brake Inspection Are Essential

If you think getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles and replacing your tires when the tread's gone means you've got preventative car maintenance covered, think again. Keeping your car in tip-top condition involves regular inspection of all your car's vital parts.


Brake Inspection

Your brakes are your car’s ultimate safety feature, and they need to be inspected and maintained properly to work their best. Not only is this important for the health of your car, but it can also save your life. Brake pads are the main part of your car’s braking system that needs regular maintenance. Typically, we recommend a brake inspection every six months. If the brake pads are neglected, it may cause damage to your rotors, which are much more costly to replace. Come to General Auto Repair for a brake inspection twice yearly – or sooner if you notice any of the following:

  • Squeaking, screeching, or grinding when you apply the brakes

  • It takes you longer to stop than it used to

  • Your brake warning light is illuminated on the dashboard

  • You suspect a brake fluid leak

At General Auto Repair, we’ll inspect your brakes and determine if they need to be replaced. If they don’t, we can give you an idea how much longer they’ll last.

10 Signs Your Car Needs New Brakes ASAP

We get it-not everyone is a car nut who keeps their vehicle in pristine condition at all times. Most people aren't even mechanically inclined enough to catch car problems before they result in a breakdown. But if there's one part of your car that should always be in top working condition, regardless of how handy you are with a wrench, it's the brakes.