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How Do I Replace My Disc Brake Pads in St Charles IL?

How Do I Replace Disc Brake Pads?

When you notice your front wheels squeaking, it’s time for a change of brake pads. Disc brake
pads wear out gradually over time with the front brakes being affected quickly. Do not wait long
before replacing your brake pads and worn out pads can reduce your car’s ability to stop. Disc
brakes usually include a part called a wear indicator which also indicated when the pads require a
change. Getting your pads replaced at Rx Automotive is a quick and inexpensive maintenance
repair and also provides a great opportunity to get a free brake & tire inspection. However, if you
are the hands on type and have a few hours to kill we have detailed below the proper steps to
change your brake pads yourself.

Tools Required:

  •  Disposable mechanic’s gloves for your hands
  •  Jack and jack stands
  •  Brake pad replacement kit
  •  Lug wrench
  •  Impact wrench
  •  C-clamp
  •  Wrench (choose a socket, open end or adjustable wrench)
  •  Plastic tie, bungee cord or piece of string
  •  High-temperature lubricant
  •  Wire brush

A Step-By-Step Guide of Replacing Your Disk Brake Pads

1. Jack Up The Car
Before you jack up the car, loosen the lug nets in the wheel. This is so much easier when the
wheel is on ground. Jack up the front or rear of the vehicle, using a floor jack, depending on
which brakes you are changing and place the jack stand under the car’s frame. Lower the jack so
that the car rests on the jack stand securely. Never work on a car which is supported by a jack
only! Give a shake to the jack stands to see whether they are holding the car steadily.

2. Remove The Wheel
Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and then remove the tire from the car using a car wrench or an
impact wrench. For safety reasons, you can place the tire under the vehicle’s body to keep the
vehicle off ground in case it falls down. The brake assembly is now exposed. Remove the cap off
the car’s brake fluid reservoir so that you can apply pressure to the piston in the brake caliper

3. Remove The Brake Calipers
Take a wrench and remove the caliper mounting bolts or guide pins. Note which screws are
removed from the caliper and organize them in such a way that you know which one belongs to
the top and which one at the bottom. Lift the caliper off the rotor but since it is still held by the
brake line, use a bungee cord to secure the caliper to a nearby suspension component. In this way
the caliper is safe from any damage which can lead to brakes failure.

4. Remove The Old Brake Pads
Before removing the old pads, push back the piston being careful not to damage bores or the dust
boots. If you notice any metal clips on the brake pads, remove them and then slide the brake
pads right out. Clean the entire caliper and the mount thoroughly with a wire brush and then use
a damp rag to remove any dust or debris.

5. Installing New Brake Pads
You will have to adjust the position of the piston inside the caliper. Place the screw end of the Cclamp
against the piston. When you turn the screw, the clap increases pressure on the piston.
Keep doing so till you install the new pads in the caliper. Re-cap the brake fluid reservoir once
the brake caliper piston has been fully retracted. Place the caliper in position and reinstall any
bolts and guide pins. Put some high temperature lubricant on all sliding metal surfaces.

6. Put Everything Back On
Put the wheel back on, tighten the lug nuts, remove the jack stands and finally lower the car to
the ground using your jack. Make sure you fully tighten the lug nuts with a torque wrench once
the vehicle is placed back on the ground.

7. Put Your Car To A Road Test

Turn the ignition to the normal driving position so that the brake pedal is depressed. Try
releasing and pressing the brake pedal several times so that the piston comes in contact with the
newly replaced brake pads. Take a short drive around the block at low speeds of not more than
25 miles per hour. Brake to see whether the new brake pads have been properly replaced.


For brake repairs and all of your other auto repair needs… Rx Automotive is there for you. Click
here to schedule an brake repair appointment online now.


Rx Automtoive

602 Sidwell Court
St Charles, IL 60174

(630) 443-8500

Hours of Operation:

Mon – Fri: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 2:00pm

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Free Oil Change Give-a-way from Rx Automotive (630) 443-8500Ahh Spring. Spring in Saint Charles, IL is something to behold. We don’t know if it is getting out to Pottowatomie Park for the first time of year or being able to shop in downtown STC without having to wear a coat, but something about Spring in STC makes us happy. So happy, we want to give stuff away.

This month we will be holding a give-a-way for a free years worth of oil changes! Entries will only be excepted through Twitter, and the ways to enter will vary slightly each week. Our goal here is to create some excitement, get to know our clients a little bit better, and give some lucky tweep a year of free oil changes.


Prize: One Free Year Worth of Oil Changes (up to 4 standard oil changes)

How to Enter:

Week 1: Tell us why you want a free oil change. – Follow @Rx_Automotive and mention @Rx_Automotive in a public tweet describing why you want a free oil change.

Week 2: Retweet Us – Follow @Rx_Automotive and retweet contest promotional tweet from @Rx_Automotive on Twitter. Tweet to be retweeted will be posted on 4/8/13.

Week 3: Show Us Your Ride – Follow @Rx_Automotive and tweet a picture of your car, including a @Rx_Automotive mention in your tweet.

Week 4: Retweet Us Again –  Follow @Rx_Automotive and retweet contest promotional tweet on Twitter. Tweet to be retweeted will be posted on 4/22/13.

Fine Print:

Only one entry per person per week, meaning a max of 4 entries per person.

Winner announced 5/1/13 via direct message on twitter (hint: make sure you are following us, so you get the message)

Synthetic oil changes will be available for an upgrade charge determined by make and model of vehicle.


Even finer print: 

1. ELIGIBILITY. Contest begins on April 1, 2013 and will run thru midnight on April 30, 2013. *In order to participate, you must be a US resident over the age of 18. Employees of Rx Automotive (“Sponsor”), or their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible to participate.
TWITTER: Week 1: Follow @Rx_Automotive and mention @Rx_Automotive in a public tweet describing why you want a free oil change. Week 2: Follow @Rx_Automotive and retweet contest promotional tweet from @Rx_Automotive on Twitter. Retweeted tweet must include the full unaltered text from @Rx_Automotive. Week 3: Follow @Rx_Automotive and tweet a picture of your car, including a @Rx_Automotive mention in your tweet. Week 4: Follow @Rx_Automotive and retweet contest promotional tweet from @Rx_Automotive on Twitter. Retweeted tweet must include the full unaltered text from @Rx_Automotive.
Only one entry per person per week, meaning a max of 4 entries per person.
3. JUDGING. The winner will be chosen by a random drawing using The winner will be notified via Twitter by direct message. If you are not following @Rx_Automotive at the time of the drawing you will not receive the direct message alerting you of winning. Not responding to the direct message within 48 hours will be interpreted as your forfeiture of the prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any damages, loss, or theft of the prize whatsoever, either during shipping or after receipt of prize.
4. PRIZE:  One year of free oil changes (not to exceed 4 oil changes). Oil changes are for regular oil changes. Oil changes are to be include 5 quarts of conventional oil and a standard oil filter. Synthetic oil changes will be available for an upgrade charge determined by make and model of vehicle. Specialty oil filter may also be an extra upgrade charge. Winner may redeem a maximum of one free oil change per calendar month.
5. DISCLAIMER. You agree that Sponsor, Twitter, and their advertising agencies, affiliates, officers, directors, agents and employees (the “Released Parties”) are not responsible or liable for any claims arising in connection with any injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting from or in connection with your acceptance, possession or use of any prize or from participation in the Contest or related activities. The Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to you or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading photos, materials or software in connection with this Contest. Sponsor and its agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, in correct, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by you or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest or by any human or other error which may occur in the processing of entries in this Contest. You agree that Sponsor neither has made nor is responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize.
6. GENERAL CONDITIONS. This Contest is being conducted under the supervision of the Sponsor. You agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Contest Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. By accepting any prize, you agree that Sponsor may use your name, address, likeness and/or prize information for advertising and promotional purposes (except where otherwise prohibited) without limitation or further compensation. If you are a prize winner, you may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility within 10 calendar days of notification. In the event of non-compliance with these Official Rules or if you cannot be reached via the provided twitter or Facebook account or if the prize is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable, the prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternative winner as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Prizes are not transferable. No cash or prize substitutions except that Sponsor reserve the right to substitute prize(s) of equal value due to prize unavailability or other circumstances beyond its control. You are solely responsible for any local, state or federal taxes, tariffs, and any other fees or costs connected with any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any error in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Contest, or in the announcement of the prize. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest if fraud or technical failures compromise the integrity of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. If any provision of these Official Contest Rules is found to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed to be severed from these Official Contest Rules and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.
Rx Automotive is dedicated to the privacy and rights of our customers. We do not sell or distribute any legally protected personal information collected from patrons of our service for profit or any other reason.
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Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in Saint Charles IL, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. You might even have two or three.

As you might guess from the name, a differential’s job is to compensate for differences. Specifically the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your Saint Charles IL home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you go around the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel.

The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power. Without a differential, our tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns.

You’ve probably noticed the big bugle in the middle of the rear axle when you’re behind a truck. That’s the differential. Rear-wheel drive vehicles have a differential in back. Most four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs will also have a similar differential on the front axle. Front-wheel drive vehicles’ differential is called a transaxle because it combines the differential and transmission in one unit. An all-wheel drive vehicle will have a differential or transfer case that adjusts for speed differences between the front and rear drive wheels.

It can seem a little complicated. But you can see that all of the engine’s power is routed through your differentials. They’re strong enough to handle the work, but they need to be properly lubricated in order to stay strong. So from time to time, you need to have your differential serviced. The used fluid is drained and replaced with clean fluid. Some differentials also require special additives to be installed.

Get your differential serviced at our Saint Charles IL service center:
Rx Automotive
602 Sidwell Ct Unit I
Saint Charles, IL 60174

The rule of thumb for the time and mileage interval for servicing your differential, can vary greatly by vehicle. A front-wheel drive vehicle’s transaxle will need servicing more frequently than the rear differential on a pick-up truck, so check with your Saint Charles IL service advisor or your owner’s manual for recommendations.

How and where you drive will have an impact as well. If you drive on dirt roads or through streams around Saint Charles IL, you’ll need to service the differential much sooner than if you always stay on the pavement.

Rx Automotive Announces New and Improved Auto Repair Facility in St Charles IL

Popular Auto Repair Shop in St Charles IL expands Auto Repair Facility

The renowned Auto Repair Shop, Rx Automotive, would like to announce that they have successfully moved to their brand new and expanded repair facility in St Charles IL. The new shop measures 5000 sq ft, which is twice the size their previous facility. The personnel at Rx Automotive found that in order to increase productivity without diminishing their quality of service, the new facility was needed. The new facility is outfitted with six full service mechanic bays when before there were only two. The shop also features a drive through service lane that allows mechanics to get cars into bays and repaired more efficiently.

Rx Automotive is a local family owned auto repair facility in St Charles, IL that specializes in providing a range of repair options for its clients. These include oil changes, radiator & exhaust repairs, transmission repairs, all engine repairs, Illinois Air Team emissions repairs and a full line of affordable auto repair services.

Located right next door to the old facility, the new auto repair shop boasts a larger waiting area along with a front and rear parking for customer convenience. Local St Charles resident and shop owner, Les Santeler, hopes that by moving right next door, customers will not be confused the next time they come in for an auto repair or regular scheduled maintenance.

The company also invested in new, state of the art auto repair and auto diagnostic technology in order to maintain and improve on the quality of their current services. Along with the latest diagnostic tools, they are now able to diagnose technical issues and fix them in a timely and more efficient manner. A full alignment rack has also been installed which comes complete with high precision systems to allow precise tuning of any vehicle. This eliminates the need to send client’s cars out to another shop for front alignments, as is a standard practice in the auto repair industry. The company’s ASE certified technicians work on each vehicle that comes into the new shop with meticulous detail to attention and dedication to diagnosis the problem correctly the first time.

Les, had this to say when asked about the inauguration of the new facility, “Rx Automotive has continued to gain respect from clients since our inception and we weren’t going to stop now. We made sure that the new store was equipped with the state of the art auto repair equipment and the best technicians in the area so that our clients know we are willing to go to any length to ensure their vehicle is repaired right the first time, repaired in a timely manner, and repaired at a fair price.”

For more information about the Rx Automotive and their services, please click on the link below.


About Rx Automotive

Offering Auto Repair in St Charles, IL, Rx Automotive is a family owned automobile repair facility that has over 20 years worth of experience in the automotive industry. The service specializes in providing professional and reliable repair and maintenance services in St. Charles, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Wayne, West Chicago, and South Elgin.

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Address: 602 Sidwell Court
Saint Charles, IL 60174
Phone number: 630.443.8500

All new passenger vehicles on our Saint Charles IL roads now have tire pressure monitoring systemsTPMS for short. They are designed to alert you if your tires are under inflated. Since they are fairly new, a lot of people have questions about TPMS.

First off, the most important thing is that you still need to check your tire pressure every week – or at least every time you gas up. The TPMS system alert comes in when your tire is twenty percent below the factory recommendation. So if the recommended pressure is thirty five pounds per square inch, the TPMS warning won’t come on until the pressure is at twenty eight pounds. That’s significantly under-inflated. Enough to raise safety concerns.

The worst is tire failure. A severely under inflated tire can overheat and fail. Also, handling degrades to the point that you may not be able to steer out of trouble. Also under-inflated tires wear out faster and they waste fuel. So it’s costly to not stay on top of proper inflation.

What’s the practical value of the TPMS system? Well, it’s twofold. First, it can alert you when your tire is losing pressure due to a puncture or a bent rim. That’s an important warning that you might not have gotten until next time you gassed up.

The second is that we all occasionally forget to check our tire pressure. So it’s a failsafe system to let you know there’s a problem brewing.

Other things can cause your TPMS system to go off. The system also monitors itself. The sensors that are mounted in the wheels have little batteries that send a signal to the monitor. The batteries go dead over time and the TPMS system will let you know. And the sensors could break. Also road salt from our Saint Charles IL roads can ruin them.

There’s also a hassle factor that your Saint Charles IL tire center has to contend with. For example, when you have your tires rotated in Saint Charles, the TPMS system has to be re-calibrated so that it knows which tire is on which corner of the car. Same is true for when you have new tires or winter tires installed. Flat repairs, as well.

That takes extra time. And it requires the right equipment and training. Special – and expensive – tire change machines need to be used with some sensors. It’s all complicated by the fact that there are a number of different TPMS systems in use so the tire professionals at Rx Automotive need equipment and training for each kind. Tire centers have had to raise the price of some of these basic services to offset their increased costs.

Also if you add custom wheels on your sedan, you need to put in new TPMS sensors if your originals won’t work on the new rims. If you don’t your TPMS light will be on constantly and you won’t have the benefit of the warning system.

All in all, the mandated TPMS systems will save lives, so they’re worth the added hassle and expense.