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BRAKE PADS AND DISCS

 

Brakes

Why do my brake pads and discs need to be changed?

Brake pads and discs are amongst the most safety critical parts on your car and spin on average 2,500 times per minute, putting them under a lot of stress. Whether it is high speed motorway driving or narrow country roads and city stop-start driving. The demands on these parts are immense. Over time both parts wear and must be inspected regularly.

 

How do I know if my brake pads need to be changed?

brake pads1: New brake pad

 

2: Worn brake pad. What’s left is the hard metal backplate which will destroy the brake disc if it comes into contact with it. This should be replaced immediately (for further information see below*)

 

3: Worn brake pad which was not replaced in time and has destroyed the brake disc, which is not a cheap item to replace.

 

 

*What are the signs that the pads need to be replaced immediately?

  • “Some” cars have a red warning light that comes on
  • Some Japanese and Korean cars have an audible metallic sound
  • Most cars have no warning system and you will hear or feel a grinding sound and roughness from the brakes with dramatic deterioration in your braking efficiency.

 

What are the signs that the discs need to be replaced?

brake discs1: New brake disc

2: Worn brake disc

3: Cracked brake disc

4: Delaminating brake disc

 

 

 

 

What do we do?

The wheels are removed and we visually check all the brake parts. We measure the brake pad for wear level and the disc for thickness and surface damage.

If there is substantial life/mileage left on your brakes we will advise on the approximate time to come back for replacement.

 

How often do they need to be checked?

At every service or once a year whichever comes first and before going on long journeys.

 

What about my Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid absorbs very small amounts of water over time. The brakes require a fluid that operates up to a temperature of 155 degrees Celsius. As the fluid absorbs more and more water the 155 degree operating temperature limit is continuously reduced to the point where, in an emergency braking situation, the fluid will boil and you will have no brakes.

We will check the hygroscopicity (water content) of the brake fluid and replace it if required.

 

At the same time we will also check your brake hoses

brake hose

 

Benefits of having them changed

Peace of mind, knowing your brakes are in good working order to keep you (and other road users) safe.

 

We fit top quality brake parts supplied by the world’s leading brands.

brake suppliers

There are a number of price options available and YOU CHOOSE

Should you require inspection or replacement of your brake pads or discs, Team AutoCentre is here to help – You deal direct with your selected local Team AutoCentre.