Brakes

Brake Services

When talking about the brakes of your vehicle, never ignore the smallest problems hoping that they will fix themselves. Traffic lights, walkers or a ball jumping in front of your vehicle make you hit the brake. We all usually count on the brakes, but if we don't take care of them may cause problems. You never know when you need to hit the brakes, so a proper care of your vehicle's brake system is required. Efficient brakes are a must for a safe drive.

Most brake problems can be diagnosed and repaired before causing different problems. Every time you hit the pedal, the high heat and pressure wear the pads or the shoes down. If they are not replaced at the right moment, they can damage the rotor. If you feel that it takes longer than usual for your vehicle to stop when you push the pedal, then it's time to have them checked. Don't wait until they break down to see a specialist. You could hurt yourself and other people could be in danger.

These are a few signs which can make think about having your brakes checked:

- brake warning light remaining on;
- brake pedal too soft or to hard;
- sounds like squealing or grinding heard from the wheels.
 
Don't forget that driving without having good brakes is as dangerous for you as it is for others. This is why your vehicle should have the brake system completely checked. A complete brake job doesn't miss anything to save time or money. Safety is the main concern when you will bring your vehicle at Lincolnwood Car Service and even the  slightest problem will be detected and resolved. Call us or just stop by and our specialists will take a good care of your vehicle's brake system.

Belts and Hoses

Belts and Hoses

Belts and hoses are important elements on a vehicle, leading to a correct operation of the engine, air conditioning, charging and cooling systems. Unfortunately not all of us know that old and used belts or hoses can make our car fail in the middle of nowhere. The manufacturers advice car owners to check the belts and hoses at every annual inspection. If discovered on time, some belts and hoses can have the necessary maintenance, making some small adjustments or fully replacing them, according to their needs.

Various driving conditions, the weather or just the age of the vehicle may cause the degradation of the belts and hoses. Some of the belts, like timing belts can last 60 000 to 100 000 miles and don't need a regular changing, but others like V-belts or serpentine belts need a frequently changing. You have to be very careful when verifying the belts, because it's possible to look the same way on the outside, even if they are about to brake. This is why you need to see a specialist to get a proper diagnostic of the vehicle belts. Lincolnwood Car Service provides a high qualified team of specialists who will verify every belt, in order to eliminate all the breaking possibilities.

Hoses are as important as belts. According to the type of hoses, like fuel, emission or vacuum hoses, manufacturers use special materials. When replacing hoses, you have to be very careful to use the correct type of hose, otherwise it might brake down, because of the high pressure on which it must withstand. Comparing to other hoses, the most expensive is power steering hose, which usually is not replaced unless is leaking. Even so, power steering hose still has to be checked periodically, because its failing can cause a loss of power steering assist.

Avoid possible breakdowns on the belts and hoses by bringing your car to Lincolnwood Car Service. Our technicians will inspect the vehicle very carefully and will advice whether it's time to change a belt or a hose or if a small adjustment is necessary. Call us at  (773) 216 - 4840 to make an appointment with one of our specialists or just stop by when possible to have a full examination of your vehicle.

 

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