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It’s no surprise that regular brake checks are one of the most important safety inspections you can get. We make sure all the components that allow you to slow down, stop and avoid potential accidents are in perfect working order every six months to keep you safe.
Low brake fluid
Soft or spongy brake pedal
If your brake pedal feels soft or spongy, it could indicate air has entered the system.
Car pulling to one side when you brake
Car takes longer than usual to stop at traffic lights
Brake pedal being hard to press
Grinding or scraping sound when you press the brake pedal
Shaking steering wheel while braking
Brake warning light illuminating
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 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 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.
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.
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 braking systems can be found in many new and hybrid vehicles. They force the car to a stop by using an electric motor.
Also known as vacuum or vacuum-assisted braking. With this system, the pressure applied to the pedal by the driver is augmented.
This system is one that powers the hand brake or emergency brake. Brakes are applied through mechanical linkages.
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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.
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.
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.
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