Regular brake checks are an important part of any vehicle preventative maintenance plan, and can identify a problem before it begins to impact your braking efficiency. Our AA certified garages offer full brake services including brake checks, brake pad replacement, and brake disc replacement.
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How do I know if my brakes need checking?
There are a number of signs to look out for that let you know your brakes need checking, including:
- If you hear grinding noise when applying the brakes.
- If your brake pedal vibrates underneath your foot.
- If your car pulls to the left or right when braking.
- If your brake pedal feels “spongy”.
- If your brake warning light is on.
- If your brake pads squeak or squeal.
- If you feel continuous pulsating from the brake pedal when you apply the brakes.
It’s important to have your vehicle inspected as quickly as possible when you notice any of the above symptoms. Simply visit the booking page, or pop in for a brake Inspection & Diagnosis.
When do I need to replace my brakes?
It’s obviously very dangerous if your brakes are not working properly, so it’s important to get them checked and replaced regularly.
A set of brake pads usually 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.
You should check your brakes at least twice per year, and brake fluid should be changed approximately every 2 years. Front brakes normally wear out before rear brakes, because they handle a higher percentage of the braking load, especially on front-wheel drive cars.
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What will our technicians do when testing the brakes?
Our experienced technicians will initially measure your brake pads using a brake pad gauge. They will also analyse the brake discs using a micrometer, which measures the thickness of the disc. These measurements will be compared to the technical specifications for your car and we will advise you if any replacement is required.
We can repair and replace most car brakes including discs, pads, callipers, hand brake cables and drums.