Why brake servicing and maintenance are vital to your safety.
Brakes are one of the primary safety functions of your car. When it comes to maintenance, servicing and replacement - they should not be overlooked.
Well maintained brakes are essential to the safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users. Your car’s brakes are more complex than simply replacing brake pads at recommended intervals. Damaged brake pads can also damage other components of the brake system including the disc, which can increase repair costs.
What parts make up the brake system?
A car’s brakes are made up of a variety of interrelated parts and components that form a critical safety system.
These components include:
- Brake pads: the component that makes contact with, and applies pressure and friction, to the car’s brake rotors. Classified as wear items, brake pads undergo extreme stress everytime you slow down or come to a stop.
- Brake rotors: also referred to as brake discs, are what your car’s brake pads clamp down on to stop the wheels from spinning. These are classified as wear items that should be regularly inspected.
- Master cylinder: converts the brake pedal movement into hydraulic pressure. The hydraulic pressure activates slave cylinders in the brake calipers, located at each corner of the car in the brake assembly, which then exerts pressure onto the brake pads. This pressure creates friction and slows down your car when you brake.
- Brake lines and brake fluid: the fluid is stored in a brake fluid reservoir that feeds the master cylinder. When you apply pressure to the brake pedal, the fluid moves from the master cylinder to the brake calipers via the brake lines. This forces them to clamp down on the brake rotors to slow the car.
What are some common warning signs of a poor performing brake system?
Brake components can vary from make to make. However, the warning signs of a brake system that needs professional attention remain the same.
Here are some of the warning signs that may indicate that your car’s braking system requires an inspection:
A change in the feel of the brake pedal (soft, spongy, hard or low pedal): this could be an indication that there’s air in the brake lines as a result of a leak, low brake fluid or damage to a brake line.
Vehicle takes longer to stop than normal/brake pedal is difficult to press: if you start to notice that your car is taking longer than usual to perform the same braking function, you may be experiencing signs of brake pad wear.
Grinding or squealing noises: these are common indicators that your car’s brake pads and rotors require inspection. Once you become aware of these noises you should address the issue immediately to prevent worn brake pads causing damage to other parts of the braking system, which could result in more costly repairs.
Steering wheel shuddering when braking/pulses in the brake pedal: this can be an indication that the rotors are worn and in need of replacement. Ignoring this symptom could lead to warping the rotors, which is caused by metal on metal rubbing or the brakes becoming overheated, for example when towing a heavy trailer down hill.
Vehicle is veering to either side when braking: which may be the result of rotors that have become worn or warped, worn brake pads or a sticking caliper.
What brake services do BestDrive offer?
Your car’s brake system is central to your safety. If you notice any braking issues you should have them immediately addressed. All inspections, services and repairs should be strictly conducted by a qualified technician. You simply can’t afford to make any mistakes.
At your local BestDrive store, our qualified and experienced technicians offer an array of services, which include:
- Brake pad changing
- Disc and drum machining
- Shoe replacement for drums
- Brake fluid changing and bleeding
- Caliper overhauls
- Braking upgrades and performance products
We also stock a variety of quality car brakes, brake pads, brake discs and brake equipment. If you have any concerns regarding your car’s braking system, call into your local BestDrive store or call us today to see how we can be of assistance to you.
Feel confident that your car is operating safely and avoid potentially expensive repairs further down the track with regular brake system checks with BestDrive.
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