Brake Repairs that will stop that squealing fast

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At mycar, our brake repairs will have you stopping fast. If your brakes are sounding like a choir of singing cats, our qualified team of technicians will make sure that you are back on the road with confidence. Spongey feeling, taking longer to slow, a brake light flashing, these are common problems that our technicians deal with daily.

We’ll Diagnose Your Car with a Phone Call...

Most of the time anyway. Our brake specialists have come up against most common car brake issues and can generally provide you with guidance over the phone, so give us a call before coming in. Your local store manager will listen to your concerns, asking questions and chasing details before scheduling a more thorough diagnosis or brake service.

Why the extra step? If our technician can give you some guidance over the phone, we can book you in and provide you with indicative timings, so you know how long you will be without your car.

What about cost? Generally, our brake services on the front or the back cost $199, and include brake pad replacement, inspection of the disc rotors and brake master cylinder, top up of brake fluid and parking brake operation. If we think that there is any extras we will let you know on the call before you come in, or if we find it on the job we will call you for approval. *

Why trust mycar with your brake repairs

  • We’re honest.
  • We’re experienced.
  • We’re up-front on about costs.
  • We’re on your side.

Get stopping again confidently

There is something not right, is it a brake issue?

If you are worried about how to describe your issue as you don’t know much about cars, there is no need. The mycar representatives are experts at talking through issues with you and making diagnostic recommendations.

To understand whether the issue is with your cars braking system or to help you describe the issues you are experiencing to one of our team, our descriptors below might get you on the right track.

  • My brake pedal feels soft or spongy when I press it
  • The brake pedal feels harder to press than usual
  • I hear a grinding or scraping sound when I press the brake pedal
  • My car pulls to one side when I brake
  • My car squeals when braking
  • It is taking longer for my car to stop when at the traffic lights
  • The steering wheel shakes when I press on the brake
  • My brake warning light illuminating
  • My brake fluid is low

How Customers feel about our brake repairs

5 star rating
Tom - Honda Accord Euro

My car was fitted in as an emergency with no drama. The brakes were repaired in 2 hours I was treated courteously and nothing was too hard.

06/03/2020

Ingle Farm - SA Store

 

 

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5 star rating
Sean - Toyota Tarago

Provided an awesome service Chris and his team were extremely helpful and even pointed out an issue with front brakes

03/03/2021

Eltham - VIC Store

 

 

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5 star rating
Rick - Toyota Camry

The best possible service and customer service. Mustafa and Ali are always striving for best possible service and customer service. The job was replacement of new brakes and found the price was very reasonable.

24/12/2020

Keilor - VIC Store

 

 

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All about brakes

Your car features two front brakes and two rear brakes. Most cars use disc and drum brake assemblies in their brake systems. These days, cars are fitted with disc brakes on all four wheels. However, some cars (such as light commercial models) still use drum brakes on the rear wheels. As safety performance awareness increases, many car manufacturers are fitting anti-lock brakes (ABS) as an added braking system component to prevent wheel lockup and skidding.

Disc

Disc brakes are the most common type of brakes. They’re made up of a disc brake rotor, calliper and brake pads. When pressure is applied through a hydraulic system, the brake pads are pushed against the brake rotor, which causes the car to stop.

Drum

Drum brakes are still used, but not as commonly. The main parts of a drum brake system are the brake drum, brake shoes, wheel cylinder and brake springs. The brake shoes are contained within the brake drum, and when pressure is applied to the wheel cylinder, the brake shoes press against the drum, causing the car to stop. The brake springs reduce drag by pulling the brake shoes back away from the drum when you take your foot off the brake pedal.

Brake systems

Think of a braking system as more of a ‘style’ of braking. This is the method behind the actual mechanics. The brakes describe the mechanical equipment used to carry out the method. We’re covering both in this article, as it’s important to be familiar with the brake and its system.

Hydraulic

This system works on brake fluid, cylinders and friction. By creating pressure within the system, it forces the brake pads to stop the wheels from moving.

Electromagnetic

Electromagnetic braking systems can be found in many new and hybrid vehicles. They force the car to a stop by using an electric motor.

Servo

Also known as vacuum or vacuum-assisted braking. With this system, the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver is augmented.

Mechanical

This system is one that powers the hand brake or emergency brake. Brakes are applied through mechanical linkages.

 

Bendix Front or Rear
Brake Service from $199*

  • Supply and fit Bendix disc pads
  • Inspect disc rotors for condition and thickness
  • Inspect brake caliper operation
  • Clean and lubricate caliper sliding pins and contact areas
  • Visually inspect brake master cylinder
  • Check brake fluid condition and top up if necessary
  • Check park brake operation and adjust

*Additional costs may apply.

Hydraulic systems

A hydraulic system is used for most modern car brake systems. When you apply the brakes, the brake booster multiplies pedal pressure and transfers this pressure via the brake fluid to the brake pads. Since brake fluid doesn’t compress under pressure, the brake fluid can instantly transfer braking power. While hydraulic braking systems are almost perfect, they still have their issues.

Common issues and warning signs

Worn brake pads

 
 

Caused by friction. Creates more space and requires more brake fluid, which is taken from the master cylinder.

Corrosion of main cylinder

 
 

Alcohol in brake fluid can corrode the main cylinder over time when it absorbs moisture and becomes contaminated. You’ll need to replace your master cylinder if corrosion leads to damage.

Failure of internal seals

 
 

Internal seals hold pressure and stop the wheel cylinder from leaking.

Air in wheel cylinder

 
 

Bleed the brakes if air enters a leaking wheel cylinder. Apply pressure to release the air from the brake system. If your brake pedal feels soft or spongy, it could indicate air has entered he system.

Locked wheels

 
 

Can happen when the main cylinder is corroded due to contamination of brake fluid or after a replacement of the main cylinder. After replacing the cylinder, you should ensure the port remains open so it can build up a reservoir of brake fluid.

How it Works

Brake fluid is unable to be compressed, which makes it ideal for transferring motion through hydraulic force. The steps below outline exactly how this system works:

  • The driver applies pressure to the  BREAK PEDAL  
    This is the pedal you apply pressure to with your foot
     
  • When the brake is applied it pressurises the brake fluid in the  MYSTER CYLINDER  
    Converts the force from the brake pedal into hydraulic pressure
     
  • It then travels along the   BRAKE PIPES  
    The pipes that connect the master cylinder with the brake callipers/wheel cylinders and facilitate the travel of the brake fluid
     
    to the   WHEEL CYLINDER  
    Hydraulic pressure moves pistons in the brake callipers/wheel cylinders, which then applies pressure to the brake pads/shoes
     
  • The pressurised brake fluid activates the brake pistons
  • The brake pistons then pressurise the brake pads
  • When the brake pads squeeze into place, that’s what causes your car to stop

Q&A

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Brakes are part of your car’s hydraulic system, allowing you to slow down or stop the car using pressure and friction. As you step on the brake pedal, fluid in the brake system builds up pressure against the brake pads and/or shoes. These brake pads and shoes then grab onto the metal rotors and drums in the wheel assemblies, effectively slowing or stopping the car. The emergency brake system usually applies the brakes to the rear wheels mechanically or electronically when you activate the hand brake or foot brake.

Our experienced technicians conduct a comprehensive inspection of your car’s braking system components and can advise you on any necessary brake repair service items. Our inspections include but are not limited to: spongy brake pedal, low brake fluid levels and uneven wear on brake pads and brake rotors. We recommend you always perform a brake system check when planning long road trips. This ensures the best possible car performance and safety. We use only the most trusted brands, such as Bendix for parts and all work is backed by our industry-leading Australia-wide guarantee.

Not everyone agrees on whether anti-lock is a type of brake, a braking system, or simply a safety feature which makes the act of sudden braking a lot smoother for your car. Most new cars are fitted with anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and they work by preventing the wheels from locking up when the driver brakes suddenly. This helps reduce the overall stopping and aids control by preventing skidding, particularly in wet conditions.

With over 260 stores Australia-wide you’re sure to find a mycar store nearby for brake services and repairs. With stores located in major cities including Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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