Ensure the safety of your vehicle
Big John’s Brake and Alignment Service offers affordable auto repair to ensure the safety of your vehicle. Located on 1st Avenue N., this family-owned and operated business has served downtown St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area for decades.
Big John’s licensed auto mechanics on staff, John and Doug, have over 90 years combined experience!
Big John’s Brake and Alignment Service provides services including but not limited to: general auto repair, tires, brake repair and service, wheel alignments, front end repair, shocks/ struts, high speed tire balance, computer tire balance, oil changes and specialty oils, tune ups and a/c repair.
General Auto Repair:
New and Used Tires:
We have great competitive prices on our new and used tires. We carry Cooper Tires, Michelin, GoodYear, Starfire, Hankook, Bridgestone, Firestone, Pirelli, BFGoodrich, Toyo, Kumho, Mastercraft, Hoosier, Continental and many more brands. Give us a call for a quote today.
Brake Repair and Service:
Poor braking performance can occur for several reasons. You could need brake service or repair if your brakes squeal, click, grind, pull, are slow to respond to pressure on the brake pedal, if you experience excessive drag during acceleration or if your ABS brake light is on. Come on in to Big John’s Brake and Alignment service and let our mechanics take a look at your entire brake system, including but not limited to, your brake pads, calipers, rotors, fluid, drums, and shoes. Big John’s Brake and Alignment service is proud to use premium ceramic disc pads.
Wheel alignment is part of standard automobile maintenance that consists of adjusting the angles of the wheels so that they are set to the car maker’s specifications.
Front End Repair Work:
The front end of your automobile includes ball joints, tie rod ends, pitman arms, idler arms, center links, control arms, sway bars and links, bushings and much more. Our mechanics can provide auto repair on any or all of these components as necessary.
Shocks and Struts:
Shock absorbers keep your car from bouncing. Struts are a structural part of the suspension system and are mounted to the chassis of the vehicle. The coil spring which maintains the height of the vehicle, is mounted to the strut. Shocks or struts should be changed when you start to feel or notice handling problems. Indicators that there is a problem with your shocks or struts include: bottoming out at dips in the road, bouncing, unusual movement at highway speeds or a change in car movement with extra passengers.
High Speed Tire Balance:
High Speed Tire Balance is one of the truest forms of wheel tire balancing. Big John’s is one of the few shops in the United States that offers this type of balance. A high speed tire balance offers the smoothest possible ride. A high speed tire balance is done with the tire on the car and reaches speeds of 100mph. Rims from stock/OEM to custom can be balanced. We can do *most* makes, models and years.
Computer Tire Balance:
All tires must be balanced after being mounted, this includes installation of a new tire or remounting the tire after repair. Properly balanced tires are important not only for driving comfort, but, also for long tire life. An unbalanced tire can cause vibration or shimmy, resulting in premature tire wear, unnecessary wear to your vehicle’s suspension components and driver fatigue. This vibration or shimmy may be felt through the steering wheel or throughout the vehicle. As a tire wears the balancing characteristics change. Therefore rebalancing should be done anytime a vibration is felt in order to maintain smooth ride and proper wear.
Oil Changes/ Specialty Oils:
Big John’s offers a wide variety of oils. We offer Mobil 1, Royal Purple, Kendall, Castor GTX, SeaFoam, Lucas and a 5W-30 GF5 rated synthetic blend. Pricing varies based on oil choice and vehicle. Be sure to like us on FaceBook for oil change specials!
Appointments and Walk Ins:
Customers may call to schedule an appointment for auto repair or just walk in. Cash, Visa, Mastercard & Discover are accepted forms of payment.
While You Wait:
Big John’s Brake and Alignment service is located in the flourishing Edge District of St. Petersburg. There are many restaurants within walking distance: Green Bench Brewery, Ferg’s, Ricky P’s, Bodega, Cafe Ten 0 One and, coming soon, Red Mesa Mercado. If your prefer to shop the time away while waiting for your auto repair to be completed, Furnish Me Vintage, Haslam’s Bookstore, Mis En Chic, Rehab Exchange, McB’s, Misred Outfitters and many more are all nearby.