Brake Service

If you think Thomas Nissan of Joliet only provides brake service for Nissan vehicles, think again. Nissan owners are not the only ones who have the option of taking advantage of our great service. The certified technicians at Thomas Nissan are trained to work on any make and model of vehicle. We are more than happy to ensure that every vehicle on the road has the safest brakes possible, no matter where that vehicle was originally purchased.

Does your old Ford truck have brakes that are beginning to squeak? Have you been driving your Toyota for more than a year without getting your brakes checked? Are you gearing up for a winter snowstorm and want to ensure your Mazda's brakes are in tip-top shape? All of these scenarios and more are welcome at Thomas Nissan, and we promise to provide each and every customer with the best brakes service possible.

A closeup shows the brake light on a white sedan driving in the city at night.

What is the Importance of Brake Service?

Brakes are an important part of your vehicle, and it is paramount that you keep your brakes in good working order. In fact, we would go so far as to say the brakes are one of the most important aspects of a safe working vehicle. Without good brakes, you're just asking for trouble.

It is recommended that you get your brakes checked every six months or so. This is about the time most people get their tires rotated. Of course, if your brakes begin showing signs of wear before this point, there is nothing wrong with getting them checked out sooner. Unfortunately, many people end up neglecting their brakes until they reach the point where they are, quite literally, being loud and obnoxious. If you've entered the arena of loud and squeaky brakes, you've already let them go too far between service checks.

There are a few things to watch out for regarding the status of your brakes. If you begin noticing any of these symptoms, that means your car is in need of some brake maintenance, and soon. Some signs that it's time to get your brakes checked include:

  • Reduced sensitivity - If your brakes are becoming less sensitive, meaning you have to apply more and more pressure for the same level of responsiveness, it's time to get them checked.
  • Brake pulling - When you push on your brakes, if you feel your vehicle being pulled or dragged to one side, it's time to get your brakes checked.
  • Vibrations - Have you ever felt your vehicle vibrate when getting off the interstate after going high speeds? This is another sign of old and worn-out brakes, and it's time to get them looked at.
  • Loud sounds - The last symptom of worn-out brakes is sound. If your brakes make a loud screeching, squeaking, or grinding sound when you apply pressure, they are worn out, and it's time to get them fixed.

If you ignore any of the above symptoms, you are putting yourself and those around you at risk. Driving a vehicle with poorly performing breaks is very dangerous and could result in an accident. This is why it's so important to stay on top of your brake maintenance.

A closeup shows a brake drum during a brake service.

What Can a Brake Service Entail?

There are a few things that happen when you go to get your brakes looked at. First, we will measure your brake pads, both on the front and rear wheels. We will also measure your rotors or drums, depending on what type of brakes your vehicle has. This will help us determine how long until each part needs to be replaced.

Following the measuring, we will perform a check on your brake fluid. We will check fluid levels as well as fluid purity. If your brake fluid is too low or is getting grungy and dirty, we will recommend a brake fluid flush. And of course, we will check out your parking/emergency brake to ensure it is also in fine working order. After all, nobody wants their parked vehicle to roll down a hill just because the parking brake was not performing up to snuff.

Changing your brake pads, rotors, or drums is something that should only be done by a certified mechanic. At Thomas Nissan, we have all the tools and equipment needed to perform your brake service quickly and efficiently. While not terribly complicated, getting your brakes checked is a pretty detailed job, and if done wrong, you could find yourself in a situation you do not want to be in. This is why it's so important to get your brakes checked by a qualified mechanic, such as the ones at Thomas Nissan.

A blue 2021 Nissan Rogue is shown from the rear driving on a street.

Why Choose Thomas Nissan's Service Center for Brakes?

Thomas Nissan has an on-site parts and service center equipped to handle all of your vehicle's maintenance and repair needs, which absolutely includes brake service. Due to the supreme importance of properly working brakes, we make sure to keep all the tools and equipment necessary to restore your brakes to good condition. And of course, we take care of brakes on every make and model of vehicle.

Some people are under the impression that they can perform their own brake check at home. While a few people have had success with this project, we do not recommend it for most. Performing a brake check takes a decent amount of space, and many vehicles require specialized tools in order even to access the brakes in the first place.

Unless you have a private car pit in your driveway, allowing us to perform your brake service for you is the safest way to ensure your vehicle is in good condition and that you don't get injured in the process. Many people believe they can use their car's emergency jack to prop up the vehicle, but this is, in fact, a very dangerous method. Please keep yourself safe by allowing us to do your brake check for you.

At Thomas Nissan, we never overcharge our clients for any aspect of their vehicle's maintenance, including brake services. We will only perform the work on your vehicle that you approve, so you don't need to worry about any hidden or unexpected costs. Finally, we promise to treat your vehicle as if it was our own so that you can always rest easy knowing you're getting the best care possible.

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