Do you know how good your brakes are?

21st August 2019

At ZR Tyres we know the importance that a regular brake inspection and maintenance can be to ensure your brakes work effectively.

Regular brake checks are an important part of any vehicle's preventative maintenance plan. Our brake technicians are fully trained and committed to maintaining your vehicles brakes in an expert and cost-effective manner.

Our brake checks could identify a problem before it begins to affect your cars braking efficiency, providing you with an opportunity to restore the effectiveness of your vehicle's braking system to its intended operating performance.

Call us today and book your free brake inspection

Left - Defective brakes removed from a customers car | Right - A brand new brake disc

Common Brake Problems are:

Grinding - when the friction material on the brake pads are heavily worn, or have worn completely away, you will hear a grinding noise as the brake pad backing comes in contact with the metal of the brake disc. This will likely result in damage to the brake disc as well.

Squeaking - there are numerous reasons why brakes squeal. The most common are the brake calliper has stuck and the brake pad remains partially applied to the disc or the brake pad itself has become wedged/stuck causing the pad to rub against the brake disc. Either way, you should have your brakes checked as a squealing noise is a good indication your brakes could be failing.

Pulsating - If you feel a continuous pulsating from the brake pedal or a vibration through the car whenever you apply the brakes, indicates the brake disc has become warped due to excessive heat. The Pulsation or vibration occurs because the brake disc is distorted and no longer provides a perfectly flat surface when the brake pad makes contact with it. If this only occurs when you apply the brakes firmly, it could just be the ABS system working but you should have your brakes checked if you are concerned or it is happening regularly.

Pulling - if your car pulls to the left or right when you apply the brakes usually indicates a sticking hydraulic or mechanical component such as a seized brake calliper. The pull occurs because one side has better braking efficiency than the other. A brake inspection can identify the precise reason for the vehicle pulling to one side.

Sponginess - the brake pedal feels spongy and the brakes seem un-responsive. This is a sign that air has entered the brakes lines and is preventing the brake fluid from flowing through this system effectively. The ‘spongy' feeling is because air can be compressed whereas brake fluid can't.

Soft Brake Pedal - a brake pedal that is ‘limp' and is able to go all the way to the floor indicates a serious braking system fault, which you should be inspected immediately. A soft brake pedal which can be applied all the way to the floor usually means the brake fluid is ineffective and needs replacing or there is a brake fluid seal in the system that has become in affective.

Dashboard Light - if a brake warning light appears on your instrument panel either continuously or when you apply the brakes usually means the brake fluid level is critically low. This is usually an indication the brake pads or discs are getting worn but could also indicate a leak in the brake system hoses.

High Handbrake Lever - If the handbrake is pulling up higher than normal usually means it may require adjusting as the hand brake cables can stretch over time. Cars with a hand brake lever, rather than a switch, normally do not move anything more than 6 to 8 clicks. If the handbrake lever reaches the end of its travel it will fail the MOT.

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 changed approximately every two years but check your manufacturers handbook.

For safety's sake, it's important to have your vehicle inspected as quickly as possible when you notice any of the above symptoms.



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