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Need A Brake Inspection?

Take a break! Let our mechanics check over your Brakes.

If you are concerned about the performance of your car’s brakes or would like them checked before going on a long journey.

We will complete a free, no-obligation car brake inspection. After the inspection, we will also provide you with a written brake report and a quote for any work which is required.

When do I need a car brake inspection?

Grinding – When the friction material on brakes are heavily worn, it can result in a grinding noise as the brake pad has worn down to the metal caliper. This will likely damage the brake disc also.

Squeaking – There are many reasons. Squeaking could suggest that the brake caliper has stuck and the brake pad remains partially applied to the disc. However, some brake pads have wear indicators that squeal when worn to let the driver know the brakes need changing. Either way, you should get any squeaking checked out.

Pulsating – If you feel a continuous pulsating from your car’s brake pedal whenever you apply the brakes, the disks could be warped due to excessive heat.

Pulling – If your car pulls to the left or right when you apply the brakes, you may have a sticking hydraulic or mechanical component such as a seized caliper.

Sponginess – Does the car brake pedal feel spongy and unresponsive? This could be is a sign that air has entered the brake’s lines and is preventing the brake fluid from flowing through this system effectively.

Soft Brake Pedal – If the car brake pedal is limp and goes all the way to the floor, this indicates a serious braking system fault which you should have inspected immediately we do not recommend driving the vehicle. A brake pedal that is soft and can be applied all the way to the floor usually means the brake fluid is ineffective and needs replacing. However, there can be several other potential reasons such as a master cylinder fault or leaking pipe.

Dashboard Light – If a brake warning light appears on your instrument panel either continuously or when you apply the brakes, it usually means the brake fluid is low or that the brake pads are low.

High Handbrake – If the handbrake is pulling up higher than it normally does, it may need adjusting. In modern cars, this is usually anything more than 6 to 8 clicks. If the handbrake lever reaches the end of its travel, it will fail the MOT, so it is worth getting it checked.

Old Brake Fluid – If your brake fluid is over 2 years old, it may be losing its effectiveness. This is down to its hygroscopic properties that allow it to absorb moisture over time, affecting the properties of the fluid which negatively impacts braking ability. but check your manufacturer’s handbook just to be sure.

 

For safety’s sake, it’s important to have your vehicle inspected as quickly as possible when you notice any of the above symptoms.

Note none of the above provide a diagnostics or technical data.

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