Brakes

Are your brake pads not functioning as they should? Brakes contains many moving parts and work by creating friction to slow or stop the vehicle. This means many parts wear a little each time the brakes are applied. If you're unsure about the condition of your brakes, our friendly, expert technicians can check all aspects of your braking system to identify any issues and help you stay safe on the roads.

How do brake pads work?

Brake pads contain 'friction material' – a material with a rough surface which is forced onto the brake disc to slow it down, or stop it completely, during braking. The rate that this friction material wears is dependent on many factors. If you do a lot of 'stop-start' town driving or motorway miles, the brakes must slow or stop the vehicle from higher speeds, which causes more wear. Driving style is another factor. For example, if you tend to brake erratically and wouldn’t describe yourself as a ‘smooth’ driver, then it’s more likely that your brakes will wear at a faster rate.

 

When should I replace my brakes?

Our brake repair and replacement services help transform your brake pads back to good as new. Your brakes will usually wear gradually so you might not notice a sudden difference in how your brakes perform. However, if you have any concerns or notice any recurring problems, then we can help. 
 
Here are some of the warning signs to look out for:
 

• If your car brake light is on, this could mean that there is an issue with your brakes or that you are due an inspection.

• Strange noises coming from your brakes, such as squeaking or grinding, could mean that your brake pads are worn down.

•A spongy brake pedal, i.e. if your brake pedal feels soft or sinks all the way to the floor, then you should consider a brake service.

 
If you think your brake pads require some TLC, then drop your car in to us. We will run some visual checks and advise accordingly. To arrange an appointment, contact your local team in Blandford, Sturminster Newton or Shaftesbury via phone or email and we will be happy to help. Don’t forget we also offer a range of other services, such as clutch replacement and wheel and car alignment.
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