M&R Automotive is a boutique auto service center serving Menlo Park, Atherton, Daly City, Palo Alto, and Belmont. We take great pride in doing first-rate work and getting repairs done right the first time so you can confidently get on the road. We offer brake inspection, preventative maintenance, and repair services. As a result of a brake inspection, we will ensure that your brakes can be counted on for safety. Most manufacturers recommend a brake inspection every other oil change, about a year’s driving. We can complete a brake inspection with an oil change while you wait. Whatever problems you may be experiencing, we can take care of them. Common difficulties include a shaky steering wheel, brake line replacement, master cylinder replacement, and much more in modern automobiles.


Brake Replacement

Your car’s braking system is the first line of defense in an impending accident. Driving a car with bad brakes puts the driver and other road users at risk of an accident. On the other hand, ensuring your vehicles have well-functioning brakes can save your life and other road users. Therefore, ensure your brakes are in good condition before driving.

A good braking system is important to a safe journey. At M & R Automotive Repair, we offer brake replacement services needed for the safe operation of the vehicle. We have expert technicians trained to fix your vehicle brakes. So you can be assured that your car is in safe hands.

SMOG Check

We are a STAR certified SMOG check station. If you need a smog check to register your vehicle in California, we can help. Give us a call if you have any questions about getting your vehicle smogged, or click the button below to schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in.


Your car’s ability to brake is affected by your brake pads and rotors’ condition. Brake pads are forced on the rotor when you press the brake pedal; the friction created by the two parts rubbing together slows the vehicle. Worn-out parts increase braking distance and the possibility of an accident. If your brakes don’t work as well as previous, come by for a brake inspection by our experienced technicians.


A shaky steering wheel can have many causes. Unbalanced tires, warped brake rotors, and worn suspension parts are a few reasons the steering wheel vibrates as you drive. Our technicians will find the source of the difficulty, repair it quickly and cost-effectively, and get you back on the road with confidence in your auto.


Brake pads press against the rotors by force exerted against them from the master cylinder. These parts wear as they transform the kinetic energy of your car’s motion to heat by creating friction force. There are several brake pads, from economy to semi-metallic to top-of-the-line ceramic pads. Economy pads are the least expensive but wear out the fastest. Semi-metallic pads last longer and cost more. Ceramic pads are high-priced but last the longest of all. A nice spinoff of ceramic pads is that there will be little brake dust on your wheels to clean off. Brake dust corrodes the wheel’s finish; if you care about your wheels’ appearance, wash them often.


The master cylinder is a crucial part of a braking system. It creates pressure in the brake fluid which ends up at the pads to actuate braking. The force the master cylinder creates is sent to the brake pads by the brake line. Rubber brake lines are wear items; old ones can develop a leak. A spongy brake pedal or a brake fluid puddle under a wheel can indicate a leak.


Brake fluid carries the pressure from the master cylinder to the brake pads. Being hygroscopic (absorbs water from the air), the brake fluid needs regular drain and flush maintenance. Water-contaminated brake fluid also causes rust in the internal brake parts. Some of this rust is carried by the brake fluid until you have it flushed. Contaminated brake fluid will boil at a lower temperature than new, so regular brake fluid service is essential. Most manufacturers recommend this service every two years.