Brakes are a critical safety system of a vehicle. The brake system should be checked at every service and not be interfered with by anybody who does not have the appropriate skills and experience. Brake repairs should only be carried out by a qualified mechanic.
A typical brake service would include:
Check disc brake and or drum shoe wear levels
Replace front and rear pads/shoes if necessary
Inspect brake fluid levels and check braking system components
Road test vehicle to check that brakes are operating correctly.
Frequently Asked Questions
| || 1. How long should my brakes last? |
Depending on the vehicle application and driving conditions, brake pads should last anything from 15,000 to 70,000 kilometres. If you feel that your brake pads are wearing out prematurely you may need to install heavier duty, temperature resistant brake pads. The main cause of premature wear is high temperatures caused by driving on steep terrain, towing heavy loads and constant braking. All these factors increase braking temperatures and reduce the life of brake pads.
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| || 2. Why are my brakes noisy? |
Brakes should operate with a minimal amount of noise, however some noise is normal, but excessive squeal, screech, grinding, groaning or banging means that your brakes need attention. There are many varying factors that can contribute to noise including vehicle application and driving style.
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| || 3. There’s a terrible vibration when I brake. What causes that? |
If the brake pedal, steering wheel or the entire vehicle shakes, vibrates or pulsates when the brakes are applied, then the disc brake rotors may need resurfacing. More serious problems such as a loose component or a faulty steering mechanism can also cause vibration
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| || 4. When should brakes be machined? |
PMC Auto recommends that rotors be machined as a routine part of every brake job.
Rotor thickness variation and surface irregularities can lead to brake noise and vibration. Some rotors cannot be satisfactory machined and replacement may be necessary. We always measure the thickness prior to commencing machining.