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When to Get Your Brakes Checked | Stopmaster Brake Service

  • By Tim Flinders
  • 18 Aug, 2017

Having full control over your car is essential to staying safe on the roads. If your brakes become worn or faulty, your risk of being involved in an accident could increase because you can no longer stop quickly enough to avoid a collision. To protect yourself and your family, you need to get your brakes checked regularly. Here are a few situations in which you should consider getting your brakes checked out by a professional.

Every Twenty Thousand Miles

Brake pads and brake shoes need to be replaced every so often, although the frequency of replacement can vary depending on the type of vehicle and the way you drive. While some people can get 70,000 miles of use out of a set of brake pads, some drivers' brake pads wear out much more quickly.

A good rule of thumb is to have your brake pads checked after you have driven around 20,000 miles. If you regularly drive long distances, you should keep an eye on your vehicle's odometer to work out when your brakes are likely to be in need of maintenance.

Every Two Years

Even if you do not regularly drive long distances, the fluid in your brakes still needs flushing out and replacing with new fluid every so often. This procedure should be carried out at least once every two years, even if you have not driven many miles during that time. If you do not replace your brake fluid at least once every two years, the fluid can absorb a sufficient quantity of water from the air that it can no longer perform properly to allow you to brake as quickly as you need to on the road.

During an Oil Change or Other Maintenance Service

Any time you need to get a mechanic to carry out work on your car, it is worth asking them to take a look at your brakes at the same time. For example, when you bring your car in for an oil change, you could ask the mechanic to test the brakes and check for any signs of wear on the brake pads. Adding a brake check onto other services, such as clutch replacement, ensures that your brakes are always in good working order, which could help you to feel safer and more confident while driving.

Any Time Your Brakes Make a Noise

When you hear squealing, screeching or grinding noises when you press down on the brake pedal or release the brakes, it is time to book your car in for a brake check.

These noises could indicate that the level of brake fluid in your vehicle's brakes is too low, which can lead to the brake components grinding or scraping against each other and potentially causing damage. Strange noises can also be a sign that brake dust has built up inside your brakes, particularly if your vehicle is an older model. A professional mechanic can diagnose the cause of the noise and take action to eliminate it and protect your brakes from further wear.

After Your Car Has Been Sitting for a Long Time

It might surprise you to learn that cars can develop maintenance problems when sitting idle on the side of the road, but it's true. When your car sits idle, some parts of the braking mechanism can seize up, leading to them failing to work properly. When you start up your car for the first time in a while, be sure to test the brake pedal while driving on a quiet road at a low speed to check it is still responsive.

Contact the pros at Stopmaster Brake Service  when you suspect a problem with your car’s braking system.  

By Tim Flinders 18 Aug, 2017

Having full control over your car is essential to staying safe on the roads. If your brakes become worn or faulty, your risk of being involved in an accident could increase because you can no longer stop quickly enough to avoid a collision. To protect yourself and your family, you need to get your brakes checked regularly. Here are a few situations in which you should consider getting your brakes checked out by a professional.

By Tim Flinders 23 May, 2017

When you put your foot down on your car's brake pedal, it should feel firm and resistant. That's why a soft, spongy-feeling brake pedal that doesn't resist pressure and goes straight to the floor is a common sign that something's gone wrong in your brake system.

Inside your brake lines is a liquid called brake fluid, which transfers the force of you hitting the brake pedal to the brake rotors and pads to immobilise your car. When there's a problem with this fluid, it won't transfer enough pressure to stop the vehicle.

If your brake feels spongy underfoot, here are three possible brake fluid related problems you could be facing.

By Website Team Technicians 11 Nov, 2015

Picture yourself driving to your office. You didn't hear your alarm clock, so you try to make up for lost time by subtly accelerating along back roads. You know the road turns sharply several kilometres ahead, and you wisely decide to decrease your speed in preparation.

But when your foot hits the brake pedal, nothing happens. The car continues to hurtle along the road at high speeds, and your heart races along even faster. For a few brief seconds, you wonder if this is how you'll die.

Don't panic just yet.

Although complete brake failure rarely occurs, you can take steps to slow your vehicle to a safe, albeit bumpy stop.

By Website Team Technicians 12 Jun, 2015

Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid. Most likely, the fluid your car uses comes from a glycol-ether base. Glycol-ether solvents combine with other elements to change a liquid's boiling point.

Some brake fluid uses a mineral oil base. This base comes from the process of distilling petroleum and other fuel types. This transparent, odourless liquid reduces brake fluid's conductivity.

By Website Team Technicians 12 Jun, 2015
If your car makes a high-pitched squealing noise when you stop, there's a good chance your brakes make that sound. Brake pads sit on top of the actual brakes to keep them safe. When brake pads wear down, the factory-included indicator meets your car's rotor. This meeting causes that annoying sound. If left unchecked, your brake pads can wear out completely, causing costly repairs and safety problems.

Once you hear that tell-tale squeal, make sure to replace your brake pads within the next couple of weeks (if you can bear the noise that long).
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