Brake Replacement Services in Crystal Lake, IL
Your braking system is essential for your safety, your vehicle’s longevity, and your overall driving experience. At M'Lady Nissan, we strive to be there for you throughout your Nissan’s life by delivering quality Nissan service and repairs. Learn more about the importance of regular brake inspections, warning signs your brake pads are going bad, and when to service your brakes. After you’ve finished your research, come down and see us today and let us show you why Crystal Lake, IL Nissan drivers trust us for all their service and repair needs. Enjoy all the perks M’Lady Nissan provides for each customer with amenities including:
- Factory Trained Technicians
- Free Loaner Vehicles
- Nissan Express Service
- Car wash on every service visit
- Premium amenities in the waiting room
- Kids play area
- Outdoor Patio area
When to Replace Brake Pads
If you drive only a few thousand miles a year, but it is mostly in an urban environment, you will be required to replace or at the very least inspect your brake system more often than if you drive many thousands of miles a year in open, rural areas. You will use your brakes more frequently in urban situations than driving on a rural highway.
Regrettably, no pre-set schedule tells you when it is time to replace your brakes, so you need to trust your ears and the advice of a professional automotive technician. As a rule of thumb, most vehicles will have their tires rotated every six months or so, and that is an excellent time to have the brakes inspected. A technician can check if the remaining material of the pads is adequate and the condition of the brake discs or drums to see if any wear is evident.
Brake Service Signs
Many vehicles today have in-built wear devices that scrape against a brake drum or disc when the pads or shoes need replacing. An annoying noise will emit when you apply the brakes giving you an audible warning that the brakes are worn out. Other signs are pulsing felt through the pedal, longer distances required stopping the vehicle, or when you press the brake pedal to apply the brakes, the pedal goes down further.
Because brake pads and linings wear slowly, you may not notice the decrease in function, so that is where the professional assistance of a technician can help. All vehicles have a brake warning light that illuminates briefly every time you start your car. If the warning light comes on while operating the vehicle that more than likely means your braking system has a fault or is low in fluid, or has a problem elsewhere in the system. If this occurs, have the system checked by a professional as soon as possible to avoid accidents or harm to the vehicle.
Brake Service Benefits
It is essential to carry out regular maintenance on your Nissan to maintain its value and keep it running in as-new condition. Regular Brake inspection can help maintain not just your investment in your vehicle but also can help ensure your safety and the potential more costly repair needs. At M'Lady Nissan, we don’t leave anything to chance and will check your brake pads every time you bring your car in for any service. Stop by today to ask about our comprehensive brake inspection that includes:
- Checking for even wear and measuring brake pad/shoe thickness
- Ensuring brake lines and master and wheel cylinders aren't leaking
- Checking rotors for hot spots and run-outs
- Inspecting calipers for wear, fluid leaks, and movement
- Checking anti-lock brake sensors
- Testing hardware and making necessary adjustments
- Checking brake fluid condition and levels
Winter Brake Service
Owning and operating a car in winter is an essential time of the year for vehicle servicing, particularly, when it comes to inspecting and servicing your car's brakes. Freezing rain, ice, snow, sleet, and black ice make driving a hazardous activity. Without a reliable braking system and a decent set of tires, your vehicle can be a danger to yourself, your passengers, and to other road users.
Winter brake servicing is essential for safeguarding that you can drive safely during colder conditions. Vehicles often have to stop quickly when snow and ice are present on the road. When this occurs, you need to know that your vehicle's brakes will help you stop promptly. Winter will be the time that you may vacation, and you will load your vehicle up with passengers and extra luggage, therefore, increasing the weight of the vehicle and its braking ability. Have your brakes inspected before any long trips to ensure the safety of you and your passengers.
Understanding Brake Parts
Get to know all the essential brake parts we test and inspect at M'Lady Nissan. From your rotors and pads to your calipers and more, learn more about each brake part below and discover how they work in tandem to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Rotors and Pads: Rotors are steel discs and hubs that the brake pads sit on, the brake pads are metal backing pads that give you stopping power and alert you with loud noises when they are near their end. These components work in tandem to make your wheels stop rotating when you press on your Nissan’s brake pedal.
- Calipers: Brake calipers sit over your Nissan’s brake rotor, holding the brake pads in place. Whenever your Nissan’s brakes are applied, the hydraulic piston housed in the caliper extends and squeezes the brake pads together against the brake rotor which slows or stops your Nissan.
- Brake Lines: Brake lines are hoses made of braided steel or rubber that connect to the master cylinder and each individual brake caliper. During a brake inspection, we’ll thoroughly check your brake lines, looking for any damage or issues that could disrupt your brake’s performance.
- Wear Indicator: Brake wear indicators are purposely installed to make loud squeaking noises when your brake pads are running low. When you hear loud squeaking when trying to apply your brakes, this is the sound of the wear indicator activating, causing friction between the metal material and your brake pads.
Why Service at M'Lady Nissan?
Our service technicians can take on any job, from a wiper rubber change to a major engine overhaul. Unlike other local competitors, our Nissan service center offers more than 24 service bays and a team of experts who will take great care of your vehicle. Furthermore, if you want to buy genuine Nissan parts, we have a vast inventory kept on our premises.
We work hard to get you back on the road as soon as possible, our Nissan state-of-the-art facility service center is open until 7 p.m. Monday-through-Friday. Speak with one of our auto service technicians about the repairs your vehicle may require, no matter what make and model you drive. Reasons why you should choose M’Lady Service Department:
- Our Service Team knows your vehicle inside and out
- We know how to evaluate your vehicle
- We use Genuine Nissan Parts to ensure quality performance
- Our Factory-Trained Technicians specialize in servicing your Nissan
- Our Advanced Diagnostic System ensures we service your vehicle right the first time.
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