Mundelein Tire & Service

900 N Lake St
Mundelein, IL 60060

847.949.5110

Automotive Tips from Mundelein Tire & Service: Brake Noise

Posted on December 08,15 by truck2

Your brake pads are the vital parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your vehicle. They eventually wear down.

When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound.

That’s when Mundelein car owners should replace their brake pads. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.

If your brakes are making noise, ask your Mundelein Tire & Service technician to review your brakes. Addressing troubles early will restore your safety and prevent pricey brake damage.

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Mundelein Tire & Service
847.949.5110
900 North Lake Street
Mundelein, IL 60060

Brake Service at Mundelein Tire & Service in Mundelein

Posted on December 30,14 by truck2

Brakes really aren’t optional equipment for Mundelein drivers. And taking care of them isn’t optional either.

A regular brake inspection is on every IL car’s maintenance schedule. At Mundelein Tire & Service, our team will check your brake system and let you know if there are any critical problems. Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into your Mundelein or Mundelein service center right away. And watch out for these problems:

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • A brake warning light that stays on
  • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
  • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle. Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Pads, called shoes, push against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle.

There are several things that need to be serviced on the brake system. First, the brake pads and shoes wear out with use, and become too thin to really help. If the brake pads wear away completely you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced and that can be expensive. But putting it off is dangerous because your sedan won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

Brake fluid is also important. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid activates the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid, not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and harmful brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. Mundelein motorists should change the brake fluid when their automobile manufacturer recommends it.

There are different grades of brake pads sold in the Mundelein area. There are regular, metallic and ceramic – higher grades are more expensive, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the auto manufacturer recommends.

Be sure to properly maintain your brakes because it’s a lot cheaper than paying your nearest Mundelein area body shop after an accident.

Hitting The Brakes In Vernon Hills

Posted on July 02,13 by truck2

Hello Mundelein, let’s talk about brakes. Braking, as all IL motorists know, is slowing or stopping your vehicle. As you can imagine, brakes are engineered to work well on a particular vehicle application. For example, you would expect more powerful brakes on a heavy-duty pickup that routinely hauls big loads and pulls trailers, than you would on a compact car. And a Corvette that can go over 180 miles per hour would have much different braking needs than the family mini-van you drive around between Mundelein, Mundelein and Vernon Hills.

Hitting The Brakes In Vernon HillsBut the mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There’s also the power brake pump and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes.

Let’s step back. A new sedan or truck rolls off a local Mundelein showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and pump are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. It is ready to go.

Naturally, braking power is at its peak performance. Now the miles start to add up on the sedan. Mundelein motorists tend to focus on the brake pads. In the automotive business, the pads, and shoes on drum brakes, are called the friction material. That’s because they provide the friction used to stop the vehicle. The pads are designed to be effective throughout their useful life – it’s not until they are worn so thin as to be out of manufacturers’ specs that they lose their ability to stop.

The mechanical parts of the brakes have pistons and springs that get quite a workout while breaking. Over many miles around IL, these wear and get gummed up. They start to lose effectiveness gradually and could even fail – a scary possibility That’s why a regular brake inspection at Mundelein Tire & Service is important for your sedan and your family’s safety. At Mundelein Tire & Service we can test the operation of the brakes and see if any parts need cleaning or replacing.

That leads us to brake fluid service at Mundelein Tire & Service. Some of the critical additives in the fluid that lubricate and clean the sedan fluid system are depleted over time. That and moisture building up in the system reduce the performance of the brake fluid. A brake service at Mundelein Tire & Service cleans out deposits, water and dirt. Then the system is filled up with fresh fluid.

The tires are what connect the sedan to the road. Stopping force all comes down to traction. The better the tires grip the road, the quicker you’ll stop.

This is especially important on wet Mundelein area highways and surface streets. Studies have shown that wet stopping distance increases significantly as tires wear down. IL motorists need to understand that they can have brakes that are operating at peak efficiency and yet still be in danger because their tires are worn out.

Braking News: Keep Your Stopping Power

Posted on October 12,12 by truck2

Richard Petty once told AutoNetTV, “You’ve gotta have good brakes. If you’ve got good brakes you can keep yourself out of a lotta trouble.”

That’s why a regular brake inspection is on every Mundelein car’s maintenance schedule. An inspection at Mundelein Service, Inc. will check your brake system and let you know if there are any problems.

Of course, if you’re having trouble with your brakes, get your car into Mundelein Service, Inc. right away. Here are some symptoms to watch for:

  • Low or spongy brake pedal
  • Hard brake pedal
  • A brake warning light that stays on
  • Constantly squealing or grinding brakes
  • Vibrations or clunking sounds when you apply your brakes

If you are experiencing any of these, it’s time to get your brakes checked.

There are two types of brakes: disc and drum. Disc brakes have a rotor that’s attached to the axle. Calipers straddle the rotor, kind of like the brakes on a bicycle.

Drum brakes are more common on back wheels. Both types have pads or shoes that press against the brakes and slow the vehicle. Brake pads and shoes are made out of very tough material to withstand the heat and force generated when stopping your car. Eventually, they wear out with use, and become too thin and need to be replaced.

If the brake pads wear away completely, you can damage the rotors. The calipers can grind grooves in the rotor. Then the rotor must either be resurfaced or replaced. That’s not only expensive, but also dangerous because your vehicle won’t stop as quickly. Sometimes rotors warp or crack and must be replaced.

Brake service will also include a check of your brake fluid. When the brakes are applied, the pressure in the fluid actives the brake pads or shoes. Not enough fluid means not enough pressure to brake properly. Also, water builds up in the brake fluid over time, which leads to corrosion, leaks and brake damage, and with hard use, the brakes could severely fade or even fail. You should change the brake fluid when your manufacturer recommends to avoid these problems.

There are different grades of brake pads; good, better and best. Higher grades cost more, but give better braking performance and smoother operation. It’s OK to upgrade your brake pads. But, never use a grade that’s lower than what the manufacturer recommends.

So, be sure to properly maintain your brakes, because it’s a lot cheaper than paying the body shop after an accident.

Come in to Mundelein Service, Inc. for an brake inspection before damage occurs. You can call ahead for an appointment by calling 847.949.5110.

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Mundelein Tire & Service

900 N Lake St

Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone: 847.949.5110

Email: mundeleinservice@tds.net

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