Brake Systems Repair Chicago

The Braking systems on modern cars, SUVs, and trucks are complicated and use advanced technology not available in the past. Understanding how these systems work on all models of domestic, Asian, and European vehicles requires training. The ASE certified mechanics at SpringMaster Auto Repair have the experience and training to perform brake repair that Chicago drivers count on.

Complex Braking Systems

Car braking systems are composed of two kinds of systems—Hydraulics and Friction Materials. Here’s what happens within these systems between the time your foot hits the brake pedal and your car stops.

  • When pressure is applied to the brake pedal, the master cylinder creates hydraulic pressure which pushes brake fluid to the wheel brakes.
  • Hydraulic cylinders apply pressure to the friction materials (brake pads or shoes), causing your car to stop.

Anti-Lock Brakes: A System Built For Safety

Computer-controlled anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are a recently developed safety feature. When sudden stops are made, the ABS prevents wheel lock-up. The system is comprised of wheel-speed sensors that monitor wheel rotation, computer-controlled hydraulics that pulse the brakes on and off rapidly, and the onboard computer.

Types of Brakes

Disc Brakes

Disc brakes consist of a Disc Brake Rotor, which is attached to the wheel, and a Caliper, which holds the Disc Brake Pads. Hydraulic pressure from the Master Cylinder causes the Caliper Piston to clamp the Disc Brake Rotor between the Disc Brake Pads. This creates friction between the pads and rotor, causing your car to slow down or stop.

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes consist of a Brake Drum attached to the wheel, a Wheel Cylinder, Brake Shoes, and Brake Return Springs. Hydraulic pressure from the Master Cylinder causes the Wheel Cylinder to press the Brake Shoes against the Brake Drum. This creates friction between the shoes and drum to slow or stop your car.

Parking Brake

The Parking Brake uses Cables to mechanically apply the brakes (usually the rear brake.) This is used to prevent the car from rolling when not being driven.

Accurate Brake Diagnosis, Fast & Efficient Repair

The braking systems on every car make are different and contain multiple components including a computer that affect and control how they work. Diagnosing these complex systems requires training. The Mechanics at SpringMaster Auto Repair have the skills and experience to quickly diagnose your vehicle’s brake issue and resolve it with the right repair.

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