Brakes

If you are concerned about the performance of your car brakes or would like them checked before going on a long you should get in touch with Ponypool Accident and Repair Centre and get them inspected sooner than later. After the inspection we will provide you with a written brake analysis and a quote for any work which is required. Written below is a guide on the tell tale signals and noises and squeaks to tell you if you have a possible problem.

How To Tell If My Brakes Are Failing?

Grinding Brakes – when the friction material on brake pads are heavily worn, this will result in a grinding noise as the brake pad has worn down to the metal calipers. This will damage the brake disc at the same time so getting them replaced will be important.

Squeaking Brakes – there are many reasons why brakes squeal. It may indicate the brake caliper has stuck and the brakes pad remains partially applied to the disc but some pads have wear indicators that squeal when worn to let the driver know the brakes need changing.

Pulsating Brakes – If you feel a continuous pulsating from the brake pedal whenever you apply the brakes, this indicates the brake disc has become warped due to excessive heat and wear. This occurs because the brake disc is distorted and no longer provides a perfectly flat surface when the brake pad makes contact. If this only occurs when you apply the brakes firmly, it could just be the ABS kicking in but you should have this checked out if you are concerned or it happens regularly.

Pulling Brakes – if your vehicle pulls to the left or right when you apply the brakes this is usually indicative of a sticking hydraulic or mechanical component such as a seized or sticking caliper. A brake inspection will identify the reason for the car pulling.

Spongy Brakes – the brake pedal feels spongy and the brakes seem unresponsive. This is a sign that air has entered the brakes lines and is preventing the brake fluid from flowing through this system effectively.

Soft Brake Pedal – if the brake pedal is limp and goes all the way to the floor, this indicates a serious braking system fault which you should have inspected straight away. 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 but there can be several other potential reasons such as a master cylinder fault.

Dashboard Brake Warning 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 level is critically low. This could also indicate a leak in the brake hoses.

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 automatically.

Old Brake Fluid – If your brake fluid is over 2 years old it may be losing its effectiveness since it has hygroscopic properties which means it absorbs moisture over time. This affects the properties of the fluid which negatively affects braking ability. Brake fluid should be change approximately every two years but check your vehicle manufacturers handbook.

Brake Checks Pontypool

Regular brake checks are an important part of any vehicle preventative maintenance plan. Brake checks can identify a problem before it begins to impact on your braking efficiency, thus providing an opportunity to restore the effectiveness of your vehicle’s braking system to its intended operating performance. At Kwik Fit we know how important the regular inspection and maintenance of your brakes can be to ensure your brakes continue to work effectively. We have over 600 brake specialists nationwide who are fully trained and committed to maintaining your brakes in an expert and cost effective manner. What components does the brake inspection cover?

When To Replace Your Brakes?

Different driving patterns have a dramatic effect on how often your brakes need servicing. For example, a set of brake pads could last up to 60,000 miles or more on a car driven mostly on the motorway. However the brakes on the same car driven mostly in busy city centre traffic may last only 25,000 miles or less.

Front brakes normally wear out before rear brakes because they handle a higher percentage of the braking load, especially on front-wheel drive cars.

It is often recommended that brake pads should be replaced if the pad friction material has worn down to a thickness of 3 millimetres. Brake disc thickness should be measured if they are at or below the manufacturer’s safe minimum thickness specification they should be replaced.

Garage Services Pontypool

Whether you need vehicle repairs, an MOT test or car recovery, our friendly team can meet all of your requirements. We are proud to be Which? Trusted Traders, so you will always receive the best service! Our fully-qualified technicians have years of experience in their areas of expertise, and we use modern, state of the art equipment and tools.

Suspect you may need a brake pad replacement? Get in touch with Parc Pontypool accident and repair centre for a free no-obligation quote. The importance of getting worn brake pads replaced could not be understated. In 2017, faulty brakes caused 570 accidents, 9 fatalities and 129 serious injuries. We will get you clued-up on the brake issues that can cause danger on the road.

If you are experiencing any of these problems, you should know that Parc Ltd. offer top-quality vehicle servicing in south wales, at competitive prices. Avoid becoming a part of the troubling statistics by getting your brakes serviced by one of our expert technicians. If your brake pedal feels “soft” or makes a squealing noise, call us on 01495 769700 or 070072099. Our insurance approved centre offers thorough, efficient and safe brake pad replacement services. Do not make any delays and get in touch now. We are always ready to help.

What Is Soft Pedal?

What is soft pedal? Well, it is the loss of a brake’s effectiveness after extensive wear. While brake discs are produced to be strong and withstand repeated usage, as with everything, they do gradually erode over time. Every time the brake pedal is pressed, pressure is placed on the front wheels of your car. It is your brakes that are mostly responsible for bringing your vehicle to a halt. As a result, it is quite standard that the front pads and discs will need changing. Fortunately for you, our technicians have extensive experience in changing front pads and discs. If reliable motor specialists in Pontypool are what you are after, we are the team for you.

What Causes Brake Squeal?

Unsure on what causes brake squeal? Quite simply, the sound of your brake squealing is caused by a build-up of dust in your brakes. While hearing this noise is not as common as it used to be, it is still apparent in certain cases. Greasing the back of the pads is an effective way to solve this issue. Though you should consider that grease needs to be suited to your rubber dust seals. Doing a DIY job might seem like a cheaper solution, though we recommend that you seek the advice of one of our technicians. Our experienced staff service all car makes and models and will get your brakes in tip-top condition.

Brake Replacement Pontypool

Visit Parc Ltd, your local accident and repair centre, to stop brake noise in Pontypool. If you need brake pad replacement or repairs in Pontypool or the surrounding towns in South Wales, get in touch. We offer a 24/7 recovery service to Pontypool and local towns including Pontnewynydd, Wainfelin, Trevethin, Cwm Ffrwd-Oer and Tranch. We offer highly professional vehicle mechanical repairs and servicing, at competitive prices.