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Auto Repair Services > Brakes and Brake Repair

How do I know if I need brakes, rotors or brake repair?

How often you need to replace your brake pads and rotors depends on several things:

  • The type of driving you do. Frequent stop and go driving decreases the life of your brakes.
  • The quality of the brake pads or rotors used in your last brake service. Because brake repair is one of the most frequently shopped services, some automotive repair shops compete by quoting a low price on the phone. This may mean lesser quality brake pads were used to get your business and it also means you will need to replace them sooner.
  • The vehicle you drive. The weight of a vehicle and the way it’s engineered can mean some vehicle brakes wear out sooner than others.

Signs that you may need new brake pads or rotors:

  • You hear a grinding or squeaking noise when you brake.
  • Your brake pedal vibrates or pulsates when you stop.
  • Your brake pedal is mushy or has to be pushed to the floor before you can stop.
  • Your vehicle pulls to the right or left when you press the brake pedal.
  • The brake fluid warning light is illuminated on your dashboard.

Safety risks if your vehicle is showing these signs:

  • Being unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.
  • Losing the ability to stop your car at high speeds.

How does a CARS’ automotive technician diagnose a brake repair?

  • Disc Brakes: We visually inspect the brake pads, measure the rotors for proper thickness, and test the calipers to ensure they’re applying pressure evenly to the brake pads.
  • Drum Brakes: We visually inspect the brake shoes, measure the drums for proper thickness and roundness, and make sure the brake hardware is working properly.
  • We inspect the parking brake and parking brake cable.
  • We’ll test the brake fluid to make sure it doesn’t contain too much moisture.
  • We test to ensure there are no leaks in the brake lines or hoses.

What does CARS of America do if I need new brakes?

If you need new brake pads (disc brake systems) or shoes (drum brakes), we will also:

  • Machine or replace your rotors or drums.
  • Lubricate the caliper slides.
  • Clean and adjust drum brakes.
  • Flush your brake fluid.

The latter is more important than ever because most cars today have antilock brakes or ABS, which automatically pumps your brakes at rapid speeds to help you avoid “locking up” the brakes and skidding. The ABS motor that pumps the brakes is susceptible to dirt and moisture, which accumulate over time in brake fluid. Replacing the pump is a costly repair, making preventive maintenance a bargain by comparison.

How do I know CARS is the right automotive shop to repair my brakes?

We know that to earn and keep your business, we must provide helpful service, inspire confidence, make you feel protected from dishonest business practices and value you as our customer. That’s why you will drive home with a lifetime auto repair warranty.

And here are some of the ways we earn your trust:

  • We need to see your vehicle to give an accurate estimate. Several of the signs that you may need brake repair such as pulling and problems with the brake pedal can indicate problems other than worn brake pads or rotors. At CARS of America, we prefer to diagnose the problem correctly instead of just taking your money for a brake job.
  • We stand behind our work with a lifetime warranty. Using lower quality brake pads is a common way for automotive service centers to compete on price. If this is the case, there will be a very limited warranty on the work done. At CARS of America, we offer a lifetime warranty on repairs and non-wearing parts, such as your brake calipers.
  • We take the time to show you the results of our diagnostics. Honesty, integrity and reliability are what you are looking for in an automotive repair center. At CARS of America in Glenview and Evanston, we know we need to earn your trust and demonstrate that by taking the time to show you what is wrong with your vehicle and explaining the repairs that are needed.