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Brakes 101 At Last Chance Auto Repair Plainfield, IL

Are you having brake problems? Are you going to try to change your brakes yourself? Do you know how your brakes work?

Brakes 101

Just like your leg is connected to your hip, your vehicle's brake system (which consists of rotors, drums, pads, shoes, calipers, wheel cylinders, hardware, brake fluid, etc) depends on each brake part to function properly & safely.

Just like the human body, brake parts wear out over time and when brakes wear out it’s time to service, repair, replace your brakes. How much do you know about your brakes? Let the learning begin.

Did you know? When you press your vehicle's brake pedal down, you are really initiating the brake chamber that conveys the brake liquid to the brake calipers that at that point activate your brake pads. Which in return due to the hydraulic pressure created your brake pads then apply pressure to the brake rotors, creating the friction that is needed to make your vehicle stop. This is basically how your brake system works hence brakes 101.

Your vehicle's brake system is like a department at work that cooperates to perform one of if not the most imperative and basic elements of your vehicle, safe and on-point, ceasing power.

Wondering what a Last Chance Auto Repair brake inspection all about?

When it comes to our brake inspection you can count on our thoroughness and many years of proven service history to comprehensively analyze the situation in the most ethical and methodical way possible. After our brake review process is done we will advise you of the outcome, let you know the best arrangement of assault and after that get on it as needed.

A Last Chance Brake Inspection includes checking your brake:

• Pads and or Shoes • Rotors and or Drums • Calipers, Pistons, Slides • Wheel Cylinders & Seals • Hardware (springs & adjusters) • Hoses, Lines, Proportioning Valve • Parking Brake Cables & Shoes • Fluid Condition & Level • Wheel Bearings & Seals • Master Cylinder & Booster

Due for brakes Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Chicagoland Illinois, nearby, near me, near you? Schedule a brake inspection over at Plainfield's Last Chance Auto Repair today.

How often should I get my brakes inspected?

Do you visit the doctor yearly for a physical? An annual physical examination ensures wellness, it's also considered basic maintenance to some and it helps reassure a long healthy life. The same goes for your brakes. A yearly brake inspection won't just give you that reassured feeling of certainty, it will also help make sure that nothing stands in the way of your safe & on-point, stopping power and long healthy brake system life.

Do you need a brake repair or brake service? There is a difference between the two. Let our brake experts enlighten you and then help you recognize the essential, smaller, cheaper fixes. Then maintain and service your brakes instead of creating the snow ball effect which will progressively turn your simple brake service into a more costly brake repair.

Have you been experiencing any telltale warning symptoms?

• Is your brake light on? • Are you leaking brake fluid? • Is your vehicle shaking/pulsating? • Is your brake fluid low, dirty or old? • Do you hear a grinding or squealing? • Have your wheels become extra dirty? • Does you vehicle pull to one side? • Do your brakes feel spongy?

If you have been experiencing any of these telltale signs, it's time for a brake check and time could be of the essence and a more immediate service should be scheduled ASAP. Call our team hence Last Chance Auto Repair aka the Plainfield brake expert now to make an appointment.

What are brake pads?

In the simplest way possible, brake pads are a part of your vehicles brake system that when pressed against a rotating surface, uses pressure and friction to slow the rotation of that surface. There are several different types of brake pads available today: semi-metallic, low-metallic, ceramic and non-asbestos organic. Different vehicles, different braking applications equals different brake pad materials needed.

What is a rotor?

Brake rotors are an important aspect of your vehicles braking system. The brake rotor is directly connected to each wheel. Brake rotors (brake discs) are what your vehicle's brake pads clamp down on to stop the wheels from spinning. For your vehicle to stop, the rotor must stop spinning. It stops spinning by friction created by the brake pad.

This stopping power friction creates a lot of heat. Which means rotors need to be made of material that will withstand this heat & powerful friction. The brake disc (rotor) is usually made of cast iron, but may in some cases be made of composites such as reinforced carbon, carbon or ceramic matrix composites. Ceramic composite rotors can actually retain up to 85% more heat vs. standard cast iron rotors and are the choice of individuals who crave the highest levels of performance. But more performance equals more money.

What is a caliper?

The brake caliper applies pressure which in return activates and squeezes the brake pads against the brake rotor surface to slow or stop the vehicle. The caliper requires brake fluid which comes from the master cylinder in order to create the hydraulic power needed to function properly. Brake calipers are an indispensable part of your vehicle's brake system. Without them your vehicle's ability to stop would be nonexistent.

What is a brake hose?

When you press down on your brake pedal, brake fluid travels throughout the brake system which includes the brake hoses, which in return feeds your calipers, which then activates your brake pads. Brake hoses are a flexible connection between your vehicle's brake lines, calipers and wheel cylinders. They transport the hydraulic pressure (typically between 800-2000 psi) needed that clamps the brake pads to the brake rotors. Brake hoses are typically a multi-layered hose inside of a hose with a fabric insert in between. EPDM aka ethylene propylene diene terpolymer is the most common material used to in the manufacturing of hydraulic brake hoses where DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid is used.

What exactly is brake fluid?

Brake fluid is a crucial element needed to make your brakes work properly. Brake fluid, also known as hydraulic fluid, is responsible for moving the various components of your vehicle's braking system. When you press the brake pedal pressure is created in the brake fluid lines, this energy is distributed to your brake parts so they can do their job.

There are several types of brake fluid including DOT3, DOT4 & DOT5. DOT3 & DOT4 are glycol-based fluids, and DOT5 is silicon-based. The main difference is that DOT3 & DOT4 absorb water, while DOT5 doesn't. Brake fluid must maintain specific properties. Our brakes can get hot, sometimes up to 1200 degrees, so brake fluid needs an extremely high boiling point. Additionally, in light of the fact that our vehicles experience seasons similarly as we do, it's imperative to have a low freezing point as well. All while maintaining both extremes, brake fluid is designed not to damage any rubber components in the brake system.

Brake Expert Last Chance Auto Repair

Want to get to know your brakes at Last Chance Auto Repair? Having a brake problem and or due for brakes? Looking for a brake repair/service shop you can trust & afford? Stop by the local Plainfield, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Romeoville brake expert today, give us a call at 815-577-0327 or send us an email at to make an appointment.

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