Drivers and passengers alike know the importance of fully functioning brakes. It’s vital to regularly maintain your cars braking system to keep the occupants safe, but also to prevent damage to other components on your vehicle.
Familiar parts of the braking system
A disc brake system consists of a brake disc, a brake caliper and brake pads. When the brake pedal is applied, pressurised hydraulic fluid squeezes the brake pad friction material against the surface of the rotating brake disc. The result of this contact produces friction which enables the vehicle to slow down or stop.
Brake pads are the parts of your brakes which physically provide pressure and friction, which your brake discs use to physically slow down your car. Your brake pads and discs will be checked for efficiency during your cars MOT test.
Brake fluid applies hydraulic pressure to the calipers in the system when you press your brake pedal. The pads then work with the brake discs, slowing your car down. It’s recommended by vehicle manufacturers that you have your brake fluid changed at least once every two years to maintain the quality as well as the lifespan of the brakes on your car.
Are your brakes in working order?
Just like exhausts, when your brakes have a problem they will let you know. Common signs of brake problems include:
- A squealing or grinding noise when braking
- Brakes juddering when applied
- If the vehicle pulls to one side when braking
- A grinding noise when the brakes are applied
- A grinding noise when the brakes are off
- A loss of efficiency during heavy braking or on a long descent
- A high hard brake pedal
- Rear wheels locking upon braking
If you are experiencing any of the above brake symptoms don't wait until it's too late.
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