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
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