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Mark

11 years of experience
349 reviews
Mark
11 years of experience
This was my first time with Your Mechanic. Mark was able to show up earlier than planned and got the job done in a timely manner. It was easy to communicate with him and he was right to the point with the questions I had. Overall I think this is a great service and I wish I knew about it sooner.
Mark always takes the time to explain the repair and expectations. Along with providing a prioritized list of suggested repairs. I trust him with all my car repairs.

Rigoberto

11 years of experience
739 reviews
Rigoberto
11 years of experience
Knowledgeable, easy to work with.

Michael

48 years of experience
124 reviews
Michael
48 years of experience
Great

Omar

12 years of experience
287 reviews
Omar
12 years of experience
Great and fast service. Would highly recommend.

Juan

9 years of experience
222 reviews
Juan
9 years of experience
Juan Esteban German is very professional, nice and easy to interact with. And one more thing that makes him standout : he speaks many languages : English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and understand most French.

Sayeed

17 years of experience
82 reviews
Sayeed
17 years of experience
Sayeed did a great job and I would recommend him to anyone. The appointment time had to be altered a bit but that was no fault of Sayeed. The parts he needed had to be ordered. Sayeed went above and beyond and is excellent at what he does.

Robert

31 years of experience
639 reviews
Robert
31 years of experience

Edgar

10 years of experience
56 reviews
Edgar
10 years of experience
Really nice guy! Work was done quickly!

Alfred

13 years of experience
448 reviews
Alfred
13 years of experience
Arrived on time, worked efficiently, answered all of my questions.

Kenneth

16 years of experience
113 reviews
Kenneth
16 years of experience
Really nice guy, Kenneth actually called me to see if he could come earlier to fix my car which I couldn't say no. Came in 30 minutes than the expected appointment time and fixed up my brake pads really fast. He also did a check on my filters/fluids and taught me how I should replace them in the future. Definitely would recommend to anybody who wants an efficient fix on their car, on top of wanting to know more about whats under the hood of their car!


How much does Brake Pad Replacement cost in Prospect Heights?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Prospect Heights. Our mechanics in Prospect Heights are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in Prospect Heights.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2013 Honda Accord $157 $76.73 $79.99 14% $184.23
2007 Suzuki Aerio $151 $71.08 $79.99 15% $178.58
2007 Chrysler 300 $151 $71.08 $79.99 15% $178.58
2016 Acura TLX $156 $76.03 $79.99 14% $183.53
2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 $225 $144.54 $79.99 10% $252.04
2011 Audi S5 $173 $92.78 $79.99 13% $200.28

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Brake Pad Replacement Service

What are brake pads and how do they work?

Brake pads consist of friction material that is bonded to a sturdy steel backing plate. When you push on the brake pedal, the friction material on the brake pads is forced against the inner and outer surfaces of the steel brake rotor under tremendous pressure. The resulting friction causes the wheels on your car to slow rapidly allowing for a quick, safe and controlled stop. After thousands of miles, this friction material eventually wears away, and the brake rotor wears away as well, requiring replacement.

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When to replace brake pads?

Here are several indications that you need new brake pads:

  • Wear indicator on vehicle dashboard. When the friction material on the brake pads is worn to within 2 mm of the pad backing plate, replacement of the pads is necessary. Most newer cars today have electronics built into the brake pad. When the pad is at a point that it needs to be replaced, a symbol will appear on your vehicle dashboard’s instrument cluster. Consult your owner’s manual to learn what the symbol looks like.
  • High pitched squeal when braking. When the friction material on the pads is worn close to the backing plate, you may hear a squealing or squeaking noise as you drive regardless of whether you are applying the brakes or not. That squealing or squeaking noise is designed to make you aware that the brake pads are getting low and need to be inspected. If all of the friction material on the brake pad has been worn away, you will hear grinding and scraping noises when you apply the brakes. Pad replacement is mandatory at this point and the vehicle is unsafe to drive until corrected.
  • Brake pedal pulsation or vehicle vibration. Over time, brake rotors may develop excessive thickness variation (>.001 inches), excessive runout on the wheel hub (> .002 inches), or the brake rotor may warp due to high operating temperatures. If these defects exist, you may notice pulsation in the brake pedal or steering wheel during braking. New pads and rotor resurfacing or replacement will be required if the rotor has any of the above-mentioned deficiencies.
  • Vehicle pulling or wandering on braking. If your car pulls to the right or left during braking, that could be a sign of a sticking brake caliper, misalignment of the suspension, and sometimes tire defects or uneven tire inflation from side-to-side. The mechanic who inspects your vehicle will determine if new brake pads alone will resolve the issue or if other repairs are needed.
  • High mileage on existing pads. Regardless of whether any of the above brake system symptoms occur, every 10,000 miles a mechanic should measure the thickness of the remaining friction material on the brake pads and perform a thorough visual inspection of the braking system.
  • Brake system warning lights and/or maintenance reminder messages. Should your brake system warning light ever illuminates, or a brake system related maintenance reminder message appears in the driver information display, have your vehicle inspected and repaired as soon as possible.

How do mechanics replace brake pads?

Normally, pad replacement requires these steps:

  • Confirm the thickness of the remaining friction material on the brake pads. If the remaining friction material is less than 2 mm in thickness, pad replacement is warranted.
  • Visually inspect the brake rotor surface that contacts the pad (for scoring, pitting, grooves, rust) and measure the brake rotor with precision tools for thickness variation, run-out and warpage.
  • Inspect the caliper, torque plate, pads, and rotors to determine if the caliper is operating freely (i.e., inspect for stuck calipers).
  • Install new pads and any additional recommended components (e.g., rotors, if rotors depart from OEM specifications) only with customer approval of course.
  • Lubricate brake system components, such as caliper sliding pins, and inspect the condition of the brake fluid. Top off brake fluid as required.
  • Perform a basic 50 point safety inspection of your vehicle.
  • Finally, the mechanic will test drive your vehicle to confirm normal operation of the brake system.

Is it safe to drive with a brake pad problem?

Driving a vehicle with a known deficiency in the braking system is unsafe and consequently is not recommended. Worn out brake pads can increase stopping distances and so for your safety, it is always advised that worn out brake pads be replaced promptly. Further driving is not recommended and you should request service at your earliest convenience if any of the following circumstances exist: stopping distances are much greater than what you are accustomed to; the brake pedal is not firm or is low; there is loss of braking power assist; the vehicle pulls severely to one side on braking; or the brake system warning light is on.

If you detect unusual noises, such as squealing or grinding, but stopping distances are close to what you are used to, and the brake pedal is firm, and there are no warning lights, it may be safe to proceed to your destination but schedule service at your earliest convenience. When it comes to the brakes on your vehicle, always err on the side of caution and have a mechanic check your brake pads and braking system at the first indication of a problem.

When replacing brake pads keep in mind:

Brake pads must always be replaced as a set, that is both wheels (driver and passenger side) on an axle, front or rear, must be serviced. If brake pads on only one side of the car were replaced, your car might pull to one side when you apply the brakes. Often, resurfacing or replacement of the brake rotors is necessary and a competent mechanic will always measure for wear and damage to the brake rotors and advise you as to whether rotor replacement or re-surfacing is needed.

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