At Streit's Auto Repair, 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 847-695-4430, and we will be happy to speak with you. Here is some valuable information on brake issues and corrective services Streit's Auto Repair offers.
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.
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. Streit's Auto Repair will give your rotors a thorough inspection and recommend your best course of action.
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 Streit's Auto Repair as soon as possible.
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 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 Streit's Auto Repair about when it's time for a brake fluid flush.
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 Streit's Auto Repair where we will be happy to diagnose and fix the problem.
What People Say About Us
We moved into the Elgin area five years ago. Since that time we have been looking for a good honest repair shop. They are friendly and most accommodating to your needs and service required. They "DO NOT" charge you for work unless they do it. They're honest. They honestly care about their customers and go out of their way for them.
A very fair and reasonable repair shop. Fast and honest quotes. Definitely worth calling and at least seeing for yourself. The only shop I trust any more.
Reasonable prices, great service.
Been going there for fourteen years. Great service.
My experience with this shop was great. They were very friendly, reasonably priced, and performed good quality work. I will definitely be a return customer.
First of all let me start off by saying they will never quote an unrealistic price to you when you're here. Secondly, the customer service is always down to earth, and the moment they figure out what's going on with your car, they'll let you know the issue. Last, but certainly not least, Streit's rhymes with "Great", and that's exactly the kind of service I get from them everytme I go there. Highly Recommended
A friend recommended these guys to us in 2000. We have several work trucks in addition to our personal cars. The owner is an honest guy who doesn't try to fix things that don't need fixing. There is a reason he has a loyal base of customers.
Would definitely recommend this place to others.
At Streit's the job is always done right the first time. Prices are significantly lower than competitors. They never try to sell you repairs that you don't need. They offer alternatives and explain most cost-effective approach to dealing with any problems. They are very considerate, prompt and helpful. I have been bringing all of our cars there for more than five years.