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Many common brake problems show clear warnings signs, so being aware of these signs are vitally important. Your brakes are very important for your car’s safety, and therefore you should know how to spot any problems with this crucial system. If you would like to know more about how to check your brakes, then keep reading our article below. We will point out the most common issues and how to spot them, so we can reduce the danger on the roads.

Worn Brake Pads and Discs

Brake pads and discs are incredibly robust, and they can gradually wear over time. If they have too much wear, then they can be unsafe. Your front brakes do most of the work to slow your car down, and so it is normal to replace your front pads and discs during the life of your car.

Water in Brake Fluid

Over time, the brake fluid in your car eventually absorbs water from the atmosphere. If your brakes get too hot, then they can cause this water to boil and evaporate. This vapour can then compress, making your brakes feel spongy. This can lead to your car taking longer to slow down and stop. Also, this moisture can lead to corrosion in the brake calipers and wheel cylinders, which can lead to a leak. These problems can become extremely dangerous, which is why your brake fluid should be replaced every couple of years.

Is Your Car Squealing When Braking?

If you hear a squealing noise when braking, then this is an indication that something is not right. This sound is caused by a build up of brake dust. This is not as common now due to design improvements, however it can still happen. If your brakes start squealing, then contact our garage for more advice.

Brake Disc Scoring

If your brake pads wear down too much, their metal backing can contact the disc. This can then lead to scoring which reduces your ability to slow down. Not only does this risk accidents, it can also result in costly repairs. If you notice a metallic noise when you press your brake pedal, then bring your car to our technicians soon.

Distortion and Corrosion

Brakes can rust easily, and this can lead to corrosion which causes surface pitting. If your discs become seriously weakened because of pitting, then they are seen as dangerous and would not pass a MOT.

If you feel a juddering sensation when slowing down, then your brake pad may be distorted. This can happen because of uneven heating and cooling. If you have any problems with your brake discs, then contact us today.

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Brake Replacement

Our fully equipped garages can offer brake replacement in Newton Abbot, Paignton, and Torquay. If you require our services, do not hesitate to call.

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