BRAKES & BRAKE REPAIR
At Jim's Towing & Automotive, we want our Elgin customers to have the opportunity to feel comfortable in their vehicle. You can leave the repairs and services to our professionals, but please don't hesitate to ask us questions about why a service is needed or how it occurred. Give us a call at 847-697-0746, and we will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services Jim's Towing & Automotive offers.
Anti-Lock Brake System
Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS) ensure that the wheels don't stop rotating during braking, preventing the car from skidding and offering greater control. If your ABS light comes on, visit Jim's Towing & Automotive where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
Brake Fluid Flushes
Brake fluid will absorb water from the air over time, causing the brake system to become less effective and the fluid to become corrosive, possibly damaging the system. It is important to perform a brake fluid flush regularly to ensure that your vehicle is using fresh fluid. Talk to our technicians at Jim's Towing & Automotive about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.
A brake hose is a tube carrying pressurized brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brakes. A crushed hose can cause a lagged or slow brake, and a leak in the hose can cause the brake, or the entire brake system, to fail. These don't need to be replaced often, but should be replaced at the first sign of cracking or wear.
Brake Pad & Shoe Replacement
Brake pad problems can usually be identified by squealing brakes. If your brake pads deteriorate completely, you'll hear a grinding metal-on-metal sound when braking, meaning that it's too late and you're ruining your rotors or drums! Those with knowledge of auto repair may be able to fix this at home, but you should always see an auto repair professional immediately if you have brake problems.
The brake caliper houses your brake pads and fits around the rotor like a clamp, pressing the pads against the rotor when you brake. A brake caliper problem could cause uneven braking, making your car slide forward when you brake. Uneven braking can also cause your vehicle to slide out of control in bad weather conditions, so contact Jim's Towing & Automotive as soon as possible.
In a disc brake system, rotors are attached to your vehicle's wheels. When the brake pads grip the rotor, they bring both the rotor and wheels to a stop. However, the friction causes grooves and cracks to appear over time. Resurfacing brings the rotor back to a "like-new" condition, reducing squealing and wobbling. Jim's Towing & Automotive will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.
I brought in my Toyota Yaris early this morning due to a check engine light that came on the day before. I know Mondays are very busy for your shop and Bob said it may take some time before he can start working on it. I said no problem & I understand. I got a call in the early afternoon letting me know my car was done and he fixed the Timing Solenoid (VVT) and my car was ready to be picked up! I was so happy and picked up my car shortly after. My husband & I only bring in our cars to your automotive shop as we trust you and your staff. You are honest and very close to where we live. Thank you again for all the hard work you do and for taking care of our vehicles!! :)
Diane Zavadin, 03/27/2023
The shop was amazing. I called and they got me in the same day, repaired and returned my vehicle within a couple of hours. I highly recommend this shop!
Donna Worf, 06/29/2021
Just experienced wonderful customer service...professional, safe, accommodating and timely!