Services

Get The Right Tires

All fields are required

Get An Oil Change

Call 312.462.0070

Store #345100
1558 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
Open until 6:00pm
Change Store

Directions

Hours:
MON-FRI: 6:00am-8:00pm
SAT: 7:00am-6:00pm
SUN: 8:00am-5:00pm
Schedule An Appointment

Search For Batteries

All fields are required

Schedule Service

Call 312.462.0070

Store #345100
1558 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
Open until 6:00pm
Change Store

Directions

Hours:
MON-FRI: 6:00am-8:00pm
SAT: 7:00am-6:00pm
SUN: 8:00am-5:00pm
Schedule An Appointment

Alignment Service

All fields are required

WHEN IT COMES TO BRAKE REPAIR, WE DON'T TAKE BREAKS.

FIRESTONE COMPLETE AUTO CARE PERFORMS NEARLY

ONE MILLION BRAKE REPAIRS EVERY YEAR.

 

HOW CAR BRAKES WORK

On the road, you encounter red lights, pedestrians, and traffic. You press the brake pedal and your car stops, keeping you and your passengers safe. Have you ever wondered how brakes work?

There are two types of car brakes: disc brakes and drum brakes. Both disc brakes and drum brakes work by using friction and resistance to convert kinetic energy into heat energy. That necessary friction is created through the use of a hydraulic system. All brakes use a hydraulic system, wherein fluid moves through brake lines to create pressure which presses the brakes pads against the rotors and stops the car. Drum brakes work the same way, where brake shoes presses against the drum.

Fast facts about brakes and how brakes work:

  • All cars have four brakes - two rear brakes and two front brakes.
  • In most cars, front brakes are primarily responsible for halting your vehicle and provide 60% to 90% of the vehicle's stopping power.
  • Malcolm Lockheed is credited with developing the hydraulic brake system in 1918.

BRAKES REQUIRE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

Over time, brake pads and brake rotors wear out. When brake pads are new, they consist of a semi-metallic or ceramic material that is 8, 10 or 12 mm thick. When those brake pads wear down to 4 mm or less of semi-metallic or ceramic material, it's time to visit a Firestone Complete Auto Care. If the brake pads wear all the way down to the backing plate, the underlying metal of the brake pads scrape on the metal of the rotors and damage the rotor. Not only will brake replacement be necessary, but rotor replacement and caliper replacement will also be necessary if damaged.

Similarly, brake rotors wear out over time. The thickness required for brake rotors varies by vehicle. Firestone Complete Auto Care Tire and Auto Service Professionals can look up your vehicle specs and tell you how thick your brake rotors should be. Brake fluid change and brake bleeding should also be part of your routine maintenance service for brakes.

Save the time and expense of costly repairs by having your car brakes, including brake pads and brake rotors, checked at regular intervals to ensure they’re in good shape. Brake checks are free at all Firestone Complete Auto Care stores.

Completely Firestone
News and Knowledge to Keep Your Car Running Newer, Longer

Brake Service at Firestone Complete Auto Care

How does our brake service differ from other auto repair facilities? For starters, we’ve been servicing automobiles since 1926.

Everything You Need to Know About Brakes

Here’s a quick lesson: By pressing down on the brake pedal, you activate the cylinder that delivers brake fluid to the calipers.

Everything You Need To Know About Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid that is used in brake systems to aid in the movement of the brake pedal to actuate the brake pads at the wheels - thus stopping your vehicle.

Find Store

Find a Different Location

Stores Near You