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Brakes can ultimately save lives – We never know what is around the corner and when you might need to use your brakes to stop your vehicle quickly and safely. For this reason, it is essential to have your braking system checked on a regular basis. A brake tests can tell you if there is a fault with your brakes or simply let you know whether or not they are effective.

The brake system of your vehicle is definitely the most important safety system that it has. Being able to slow down or stop instantly will help to avoid an incident or accident. Faulty brakes will not perform as they are designed to and will not be as effective, especially in an emergency stop situation.

Brakes pads should be regularly inspected – this is possibly one of the most important parts of your brake parts; It is vital that your brake pads are intact they are the main component that makes contact with and applies pressure to and friction to a vehicle’s brake rotors.

There is nothing more important than your vehicle being able to stop.

Your vehicle will not stop effectively with worn brake pads and rotors it is therefore vitally important to change your brake pads.

The Braking System explained:

A vehicles braking system comprises of mechanical, electronic and hydraulically activated parts which use friction & heat to stop a moving vehicle.

When the brake pedal is pressed, this moves a piston within the master cylinder. This then forces the brake fluid to push through from the master cylinder through to the brake lines and from the hoses to the calipers and through to the wheel cylinders. These are connected to a disc brake pad or brake shoe thus slowing down the speed that the wheel rotates.

When you take your foot of the brake pedal, the pads and shoes return to their original positions. This will force the brake fluid back through the flexible hose and finally through the tubing to the master cylinder.

You might agree – this is a complex system.

If you notice any changes with your brakes, it is time to get your brakes checked:

  • If you notice a loss of grip when applying the brake
  • If your car pulling left or right when applying the brake
  • If you brake pedal has become soft or low
  • If you steering wheel starts to shudder when braking
  • If you notice any squeals, screeches or high pitched noises when applying the brakes
  • If your brake system warning light flashes
  • If your car takes longer to stop than normal

If you have any concerns about the condition of your brakes, our friendly and expert technicians at Crackley Garage, Kenilworth will check your braking system. They will identify any fault and repair them, keeping you safe on the road.

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