CAR BRAKES- Regularly Checking your Cars Brakes Could Save Your Life ?

You car brakes are essential

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A typical car brakes brake fluid reservoir

Along with your tyres , your car brakes are the most important (and sometimes most neglected) part of your car. I have been guilty of neglecting my brakes when I was a young man. When I was a young mechanic, I borrowed a car from my boss Peter. Peter said that I could but I must check the car brakes and the engine levels before setting off on my journey. I was heading for Blackpool, a seaside resort on the West coast of the UK. On our way home we started to pass through a town called Preston. I was doing the statutory speed of 30 mph and was approaching a pedestrian crossing and would have had to stop, but when I pressed the brake pedal there was nothing there. The pedal went straight to the floor boards. I had to swerve the car to miss a guy walking across the crossing and ended up on the pavement (side-walk). I rapidly. pumped the pedal and managed to get some brakes on the pedal, and the vehicle came to a stop. My  friends and I managed to get the car to a garage filling station a hundred yards down the road and I lifted the bonnet (hood) only to find that the car brakes brake fluid was at zero level in the reservoir. I felt a cold chill down my spine as I remembered what my boss Peter had said the day before we set off We managed to buy some Tesco Brake Fluid and topped up the reservoir. The car brakes pumped about half way up, but luckily the car would stop when I pressed the pedal and we limped home back to Yorkshire UK. A terrifying experience which I vowed would never happen again, lessons were learned and I am going to spell out a few important things about the care of your brakes, for you to understand before you embark on a journey or indeed at any time that you own a car.

Your brakes are a life saver

The British MOT test has been a great step forward towards the safety of our cars and our roads. When your car is having it’s annual MOT test we check everything on that car ( to the  VOSA MOT test specifications). One of the problems of old was the checking of your car brake pipes. Brake pipes connect all your four wheels braking system and the cylinders and brake pedal, and are fixed under the car, exposed to all the elements. They are protected by a special coating of wax-oil or sometimes just grease. Despite all the protection the Corroded Brake Pipes would rust and then start to leak the brake fluid, eventually causing the brakes to fail,similar to what happened to me in Preston.

The MOT test makes sure that all your brake pipes (lines) are in good working order and if not the car will fail the test and the pipes will have to be replaced. If you are not sure about the condition of your brake pipes you can get them checked out at your local Unipart Car Care Centre, free of charge, or the local garage that you use at the moment.

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Rotted brake pipes found on an MOT test examination

You must always check the brake fluid in the reservoir under your bonnet and top it up if required with the correct fluid. Check your brake pedal it should feel nice and solid, if it goes too far down then have yours checked by a professional garage or mechanic, don’t take risks, you should not have to pump your pedal to get a good brake.

You brake fluid should be changed every so often, this can be done when you have your car serviced, your local garage will be able to ascertain when, by looking it up on his service
computer for your model of car, we use the Autodata system for checking out the fluid change times.

Also you should check your Disc Brakes and Car Brake Pads. These are the parts that constantly wear out and need replacing with Brake Pipe Kits when they get down to a certain thickness. When the pads wear down to the the metal part of the pads, then this is when you can hear a loud grinding noise that frightens the driver to death. Once again if this happens then you should have your car brakes checked by a professional mechanic or your local garage.

Once again if you have your car serviced when you have your annual MOT test then your brakes will be checked and should be fine for the next year to come. If your brake pedal does not feel right or goes further down than it should before you get a brake, then have the car checked out do not continue to drive before the car is checked by an expert.

Thanks Eric Roberts…

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and Car Brakes Repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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