Your brakes are the most important safety system in your vehicle and when they are not well maintained through regular car servicing, they can let you down when you need them most. Whilst small issues tend to be overlooked during everyday driving or commuting, brakes that are not doing the job they are designed to, can put your safety and others at risk in a panic-stop situation.

 

Why brakes are important to maintain

As a primary safety function of your vehicle, unexpected failure of your brakes could put you in some dangerous situations in Perth, especially during the wetter months. Brake maintenance and servicing are not only for your own safety but also for your passengers and others on the road. If your brake pads become neglected, it’s also possible that you will damage other parts of the brake system such as the disc, which can increase repair costs. It’s also important to monitor and make sure you regularly replace your tyres when they get too worn. To find out more about car tyres, check out our blog post ‘How Do I Know When My Car Needs New Tyres’.

 

Brake Checks are an important part of a car service

 

Common brake issues

The most common brake issues that you might experience include squealing when braking, grinding on your rotors, or unusual vibrations. A healthy brake system should not make unusual noises or vibrate, so if you do hear or feel something unusual when braking, it’s important to contact your car mechanic or car service centre as soon as possible. To avoid expensive repair bills you should follow your logbook servicing or ensure you schedule regular services that include full brake and brake pad inspections as a part of a comprehensive safety check.

If you’re driving and feel something abnormal or hear some odd noises, it could be an indicator that something isn’t quite right, whether with your brakes or another part of your car. It is suggested that it is worth pulling over for a routine check, otherwise, it is worthwhile taking your car to a local mechanic for a more thorough look.

 

How to do a brake check

Some cars have indicators that can help you to check the condition of your brakes but the most obvious way to tell if your brakes require servicing is to listen out for any unusual noise, any pulling to one side or stuttering, when the brakes are engaged (not to be confused with ABS pumping). Vibrations or squealing brakes are a sure sign that your brake pads need some attention. Some modern vehicles may even have a dashboard light that will illuminate when the brake pads need replacing.

It is hard to know what to look for when you decide to look yourself and something that is typically best left to your car mechanic or service centre.

 

Regular brake inspections

As a part of a regular car service, the vehicle’s brakes will be inspected as a part of a comprehensive safety check. When carried out, the checks typically include the following among other aspects;

  1. Measuring brake pad thickness and checking for even wear.
  2. Checking rotors for run-out and hot spots.
  3. Inspecting calipers for wear, free movement, and leaks.
  4. Checking the level and condition of the brake fluid.

 

Brake check in car service workshop

 

Prevent issues with regular car servicing

Regular servicing, being aware of your brakes, and dealing with any issues when they arise, will help to prevent any nasty surprises. A few changes to the way that you drive your car can also help to lengthen the lifespan of your brake pads. Stop-start, erratic driving can put unnecessary strain on your brake pads and rotors, potentially wearing them unevenly and at an accelerated rate. Stopping slowly and as smoothly as possible, will help to preserve your brakes.

Replacing your brake pads when they get low is an important aspect of vehicle maintenance. Once brake pads are worn away, the steel backing plate is exposed, which can cause structural damage as well as putting you and others at risk. Comparatively, brake pads are relatively inexpensive to replace, especially when you consider the cost of replacing those other parts as a result.

 

Brakes perform a key function in keeping you and other drivers safe on the roads. If you are looking for help with your brakes or your vehicle needs a comprehensive safety check, book your premium mechanical service with Gino’s Panel and Paint. We service all makes and models.