Triangle Auto Service – Your Source for Fast and Affordable Chicago Brake Service – 773-539-5858
We recommend that your vehicle’s brakes should be checked out at least once per year to assure safe performance. After all, brakes are the most essential safety feature of any vehicle – if you’re seeing any signs of trouble with your vehicle’s brake system do not hesitate to bring it in to our neighborhood repair shop right here in Chicago on North Elston Avenue.
Chicago Brake Service
There are two main types of brake systems on most vehicles: conventional brakes and anti-lock braking systems. A typical brake system consists of the rotor, the caliper and brake pads. When brake pads wear down and are not changed for too long, the rotors may also need replacement too.
To be able to stop your vehicle safely, the brake pads must be in operating condition and not worn down all the way to the rotors. Because brakes are so important and such an essential component of your vehicle, don’t overlook any kind of complications. Even minor changes may suggest you’re due for Chicago Brake Service. For reliable performance and basic safety, bring in your vehicle to Triangle Auto Service routinely! The parts of a braking system have a lifespan that calls for consistent service or sometimes replacement to work correctly. The good news is that your vehicle usually provides you with some very clear signals that it’s due for Chicago Brake Service. If you recognize the following warning signs of brake troubles, it’s time to visit Triangle Auto Service and have our service techs check your vehicle right away. By being proactive you’ll prevent more damage and – most importantly – be safer.
A Few Signs of when Chicago Brake Service is needed
* Brake lights are on. When the brake lights on your dashboard come on it could mean the vehicle is simply due for an inspection or it could also be a sign of a problem that calls for Chicago Brake Service.
* Noisy brakes. Do you hear a metallic squealing or grinding sound when you apply your vehicle’s brakes? Unless it’s what’s playing on your car’s radio it’s probably a sign that the brake pads are worn down and rubbing up against the rotors. On the other hand, a grinding sound when you apply the brakes could simply be gravel caught in the caliper units – which is a fast fix. Grinding may be a sign that there is not enough lubrication if you have a vehicle with rear drum brakes. The brake shoe – which is the part that presses against the rotor to slow down the vehicle – could be scraping against the backing plate due to rust.
* Vibration when applying the brakes. A shaky steering wheel or vibration upon applying the brakes could be caused by an uneven rotor.
* Leaking fluids. If you’re sensing a “soft” brake pedal, have our Chicago Brake Service techs check for fluid leaks coming from the master cylinder or somewhere else within the brake system. Generally, in vehicles with power brakes the brake pedal should go to about one or one-and-a-half inches from the floor. If your vehicle has manual brakes, the pedal should push down to about three inches from the floor.
* The car pulls to one side when you brake. This could be the result of a brake hose or a caliper problem. One caliper might be applying more pressure than the other one during braking – which could be why the vehicle is pulling to one side.
* Burning odors when driving. A sharp odor after hard braking is a common sign of overheated brakes. Pull over right away if you are detecting this and check to see that your parking brake is fully released and give your brakes some time to cool down.
For solutions to these or other problems with your vehicle, see us today for fast and affordable Chicago Brake Service!