Safe and effective brakes are vital for any vehicle. Worn or damaged brake components can result in increased stopping distances, excessive wear to other components, brake ‘fade’, and MOT test failure.
We provide a full range of brake servicing, including replacement of brake discs and brake pads, overhaul and servicing. We also replace seized brake callipers and offer brake fluid replacement, which may be required as part of routine maintenance or as a result of MOT test failure.
What Are The Signs Of Worn Brakes?
There are a number of tell-tail signs that brakes are worn. These include:
- excessive noise such as grinding or a ‘metal-on-metal’ sound, or a squeal
- pulling to one side under braking, especially noticeable when applied in a straight line
- a warning light illuminated on the dashboard of the vehicle or a brake service message
- a brake pedal which feels as if it is going up and down or judder and shaking when applied during normal driving
- steering wheel shake when the brake pedal is applied
- an unusual smell similar to burning
What Is Brake Fade?
Brake fade is the temporary reduction or complete loss of braking power when the pedal is applied. Brake fade can be caused by one or more of the following:
- overheating of the braking system due to excessive use (hard driving)
- worn brake components
- failing to bed new brake pads in, i.e. driving gently for the first 150 miles of new brake component installation (also known as ‘green fade’)
- low-quality brake components, in particular, cheap brake pads
What are ‘warped’ brake discs?
Warped brake discs occur when the flat surface of the brake disc becomes uneven, pushing back on the brake pedal when applied.
My Car’s ABS Light Is On. Will The Brakes Still Work?
An illuminated ABS light signals to the driver that there is a fault with the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) as that it is not working. However, the hydraulic system should still work as normal.
A faulty ABS system means that there is an increased risk of skidding in the event of emergency braking, and the system should be inspected by a Vehicle Technician as soon as possible.
What is the minimum recommended thickness of brake pads?
Each vehicle manufacturer specifies a spicific minimum thickness of brake pad material. You should refer to your vehicle’s specificiation sheet or consult a qualified technician for more information.
If in doubt, we recommend a minimum of 3mm in most cases.