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We all know how annoying it is when your brakes start squeaking. Although it can be irritating, are squeaky brakes a sign something else may be happening? Find out why your brakes are squeaking and whether a repair is in order.

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking

In most cases brakes squeak because there is surface rust scraping off the discs by the brake pads. More common on the first drive of the day, especially in wet conditions. There can also be a collection of dirt & moisture collecting on the brake discs.

Now, most brakes will make some sort of noise when you apply them but if your brakes squeak every time you brake. It’s time to take your vehicle to a professional. Our expertly trained staff will be able to help and repair them in no time. Knowing the age of your brakes is important too. If you are unsure, our team will be able to advise you about the condition of your brakes.

How To Repair Squeaky Brakes

How do you keep your brakes quiet? A simple brake pad replacement will sort most issues, which should be undertaken by a professional for the best results. Using lubricants can help too but remember nothing should be put on your brake discs that isn’t recommended and if you are in anyway unsure contact us at PARC.

Making repairs yourself is admirable but repairs should be made by someone with the right knowledge. Undertaking repairs could make the problem worse if you don’t have the right experience. In some cases, this can be dangerous.

Brake Repairs Pontypool

If you have any concerns about your brakes, contact Pontypool Accident & Repair centre. Our expert staff offer skilled brake repairs in Pontypool and surrounding areas. Our garage can handle all of your braking issues, as we use a variety of specialist tools and diagnostic equipment to fix your problems.

More than a quarter of cars on the roads here in the UK are, probably using a brake fluid that is totally ineffective. And so therefore, places the driver and passengers at an increased risk of meeting with a car accident. A leading researcher has published data following a study on the usage of brake fluids in vehicles in the United Kingdom. The results are at least – appalling; implying that over a quarter of cars in the UK could be running on defective and ineffectual brake fluid.

Why You Should Use The Correct Brake Fluid

Explaining further, brake fluid is characterised as a hygroscopic. This means that it absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. Over a period, the brake fluid’s intrinsic nature lowers its boiling point and causes massive reduction in effectiveness and therefore braking.

Typically, fresh brake fluid boils to produce a vapour. This is highly compressible, and results in softer braking. Under this condition, the brake pedal can be operated with minimal or pretty much no effort.

New Brake Fluid

New brake fluid, typically, has a boiling point that ranges between 230 and 260°C. The brake fluid, however, becomes useless with extended usage, when its boiling point eventually drops to 180°C. Therefore, brake fluid must be changed as soon as its boiling point drops to 200°C. And this is the matter of grave concern that over a quarter of all cars, vans and 4 by 4s in the UK runs on brake fluid that boils below this figure.

Last Time You Checked Your Brake Fluid

To tackle this situation, all drivers will need to be particularly attentive about what exactly goes into our car’s brake fluid reservoir. Most of us do check the brake fluid levels intermittently; however, there is hardly anyone among us who goes any further than that simple check.

Often, motorists use any brake fluid that’s handy. It could be a contaminated bottle lying on the shelves in the garage for an unknown time. And how many of us even remember changing the brake fluid recently?

Most motorists wrongly believe that passing MOT test implies that all the lubricants and oils in their car are up to date. That there is no other way to determine the usability and gauge the quality of your brake fluid except testing its boiling point temperature. And since the MOT does not involve carrying out this test, the onus of ensuring your car’s safety is, as a driver, totally yours.

Brake Checks Pontypool

We promise a professional and efficient service so your car can be repaired quickly. By replacing your brakes and brake fluid in a reliable and affordable garage, you can save on potentially costly repairs to your vehicle in the future.

Are you concerned about the efficiency of your cars brakes or would like them checked before going on a long journey you should get in touch with Pontypool Accident and Repair Centre and get them inspected as soon as possible. After the inspection we will provide you with a written brake analysis and a quote for any work which is needed.

How Do I Know If My Brakes Are Failing?

My Brakes Are Grinding – 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 callipers. This will damage the brake disc at the same time so getting them replaced will be important. Talk to us about brake pad replacements.

Squeaking And Squealing Brakes – there are many reasons why your brakes squeal and squeak. It may indicate the brake calliper 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 when you apply the brakes, this indicates the brake disc has become warped due to excessive heat or wear. This happens because the brake disc is distorted and no longer provides a perfectly flat surface when the brake pad makes contact.

What Is A Sticky Calliper

Pulling Brakes – if your car pulls to the left or right when you apply the brakes this usually means a sticking hydraulic or mechanical component such as a seized or sticking calliper.

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 the brake system effectively.

Soft Brake Pedal – if the brake pedal is limp and goes all the way down to the floor, this may indicate a serious braking system issue which you should have inspected by us 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.

Dashboard Brake Warning Light – if a brake warning light appears on your dashboard either continuously or when you apply the brakes it usually means the brake fluid level is seriously low. This may also indicate a leak in the brake hoses.

High Handbrake Handle – If the handbrake is pulling up higher than normal it possibly needs 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.

Brake Fluid – If your brake fluid is over 2 years old it could be losing its effectiveness since it has hygroscopic properties which means it absorbs moisture over time. This affects the properties of the fluid which has negative effects on the cars braking.

Your brake fluid should be changing approximately every two years but check your vehicle manufacturers handbook or talk to us on 01495 769700.

Brake Checks Pontypool

Regular brake checks are a vitally important part of your vehicle’s maintenance plan. The 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 PARC we appreciate the importance of regular inspection and maintenance of your brakes can be to ensure your brakes continue to work effectively.

When Should You Replace Your Brakes?

Different driving styles have a serious effect on how often your brakes need servicing. A set of brake pads could last anything up to 60,000 miles or more on a car driven mostly up and down the motorway. However, the brakes on the same car driven in busy city centre traffic may last only 25,000 miles or possibly even 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.

Brake Checks Near Me

Whether you need vehicle repairs, a full service, 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.