Brake system servicing - what you need to know.
Are your car brakes in good working order?
Your brakes are one of the primary safety functions on your car. As a result, their maintenance, servicing and replacement is important for your on-road safety.
Whilst on-road safety is always of the utmost importance, during the summer months, many people will find themselves hitting the open road on a more frequent basis and quite possibly, travelling over longer distances. Now is the time to consider - are your brakes performing at their optimal best?
How often should you service brakes?
The brake system on your car is quite complex. It is made up of a variety of interrelated parts and components that form a critical safety system. As a result, servicing your brakes is not as simple as replacing the brake pads.
For your brake system to be effective, they need to be clean, adjusted properly and not too worn. At your local BestDrive store, a qualified technician can perform a range of services on your brake system, which include:
- Brake pad changing
- Shoe replacement for drums
- Disc and drum machining
- Brake fluid changing and bleeding
- Caliper overhauls
We also offer braking upgrades and performance products.
To find out when your vehicle is next due for a brake system service, you can refer to your owner’s manual. There may also be instances where you need to have a brake system service outside of the recommended intervals.
What are the signs something is wrong with your brake system?
Brake system components can vary between makes and models. However, the warning signs of a brake system problem are usually the same. Typical symptoms to be aware of include:
A change in the feel of the brake pedal.
If you have noticed that the brake pedal is sitting lower than usual, or that the brakes have a soft, spongy or hard feel, your vehicle may be in need of a brake service. These symptoms can indicate several issues, including:
- Air in the brake lines as a result of a leak
- Low brake fluid
- A damaged brake line
The vehicle takes longer to stop than usual
Brake pad wear is typically associated with a brake system that takes longer to stop the vehicle than usual. Worn brake pads may also result in a brake pedal that has become difficult to press.
There is a squealing or grinding noise when you use the brakes
Squealing or grinding brakes require immediate attention. These types of noises are common indicators that the brake pads or rotors are in need of a professional inspection. Failure to address this issue in a timely manner may result in the damage of other parts of your car’s braking system. Addressing squealing or grinding brakes can help to prevent more costly repairs later on.
Shuddering steering wheel when you brake
Worn rotors, also referred to as brake discs, will typically cause the steering wheel to shudder or pulses in the brake pedal. Again, this issue needs to be addressed in a timely manner as worn rotors can lead to warped rotors if left unchecked.
The vehicle veers to either side when using the brakes
If your vehicle veers to either side as you brake, worn or warped rotors may be the cause. Worn brake pads or a sticking caliper may also cause your vehicle to veer to either side.
Do you have concerns about your car’s brake system?
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, now is the time to contact the professionals at your local BestDrive store. Or perhaps your vehicle is due for a brake system service? In either instance, the qualified technicians at BestDrive can help.
BestDrive offers a range of brake system services to keep your vehicle safe and operating as it should. Find your nearest BestDrive store, or contact us today to see how we can be of assistance to you.
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