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

CHECK YOUR CAR BRAKES REGULARLY

CHECK YOUR CAR BRAKES REGULARLY

CHECK YOUR CAR BRAKES REGULARLY

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. Especially, when I was a young man. When I was a young mechanic, I borrowed a car from my then boss Peter.

Peter said that I could but I must check the car brakes. Also. the engine levels before setting off on my journey. I was heading for Blackpool. So, a seaside resort on the West coast of the UK. On our return 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. Of course I should have had to stop. But, when I pressed the brake pedal.Then there was nothing there.Hence, the pedal went straight to the floor boards.

Consequently, I had to swerve the car to miss a guy walking across the crossing. Ending up on the pavement (side-walk). I rapidly pumped the pedal and managed to get some brakes. Thus, on the pedal. Luckily, the vehicle came to a stop. My  friends and I managed to push the car to a garage filling station. Of course, a hundred yards down the road.

CHECK YOUR CAR BRAKES REGULARLY

 I lifted the bonnet (hood) only to find that the car brake fluid was at zero level.So. in the fluid reservoir. I felt a cold chill down my spine. Because, I remembered what my boss Peter had said. Just 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. Luckily the car would stop when I pressed the pedal. So, we limped home back to Yorkshire UK.Subsequently, a rather terrifying experience. Of course, which I vowed would never happen again. Lessons were learned that day. As a result, I am going to spell out a few important things about the care of your brakes. Hence,for you to understand. Before you embark on a journey or indeed at any time that you own a car.

CHECK YOUR CAR BRAKES REGULARLY-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.

CHECK YOUR CAR BRAKES REGULARLY for corrosion

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.

car brakes,brake pipes

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.

CHECK YOUR CAR BRAKES REGULARLY Including the Fluid Levels

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.

CHECK YOUR CAR BRAKES REGULARLY- Thanks Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and Car Brakes Repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee. Naturally, for all our work and parts. Selling tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk.

Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us. Of course, for work doing. Official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Car Hand brake- Car Repair MYTHS ? Hand Brake (Parking Brakes) Customers always want it Checking?

Car Hand brake

Car Hand brake

Things that motorists still ask for when having a car repair.(Car Hand brake)

Consequently, this is an article about some of the things that motorists ask for or ask us to check. Hence, when they leave their car with us for servicing. I have to admit that most of these guys are male. Thus, from the older generation of motorists.Naturally, who remember some of the problems that they used to encounter in the past. Of course, on some of the older model cars that were driven then.

Therefore,one of the most asked questions is “Can you just adjust my Car Hand brake”. This comes from the days when I was a young mechanic. So all you had to do to adjust the hand brake on most regular cars. Was to take out a split pin, and turn a screw thread. Of course, to either lengthen or shorten the hand brake cables.Thus giving you more leverage from the handbrake in the brake shoes.

When the handbrakes finally snapped with rust or age. Then, all you had to do was replace it with a new cable,”simple”. This type of hand brake system was always failing. Especially, when you pulled on the hand brake.So, the cable would snap. This, was responsible for many an accident.With cars parked on hills running away. However, this is the type of Car Hand brake that some motorists think their car is fitted with. Thus,thinking that it is only a ten minute job to adjust (at probably no cost to him ).

Car Hand brake (Parking Brake)

As the modern car progressed. So it was clear that better braking systems had to developed. As a result, cars were getting faster, then they had to stop more efficiently and quickly. This brings us up to date.Consequently, with more and more car manufacturers using discs on all four corners of their cars. Not fitting the drums system at the rear. (Some newer cars still have drums at the rear, but more are favoring four wheel disc systems,for greater braking efficiency). Modern cars also have a separate handbrakes system. Including, their own drums system. Thus, working in conjunction with the rear discs. of course, which are virtually a separate system from the main brakes. Many cars are now fitted with duel cables. So, that are better protected from the outside elements (corrosion) .

Car Hand brake

Worn out discs and pads are another common brake problem besides Car Hand brake problems

Most Car Hand brake on modern cars are much more complicated to service. Of course,now are one and two hour jobs to complete. Some smaller cars have still got rear drums. A Car Hand brake that works by connecting to the Rear Brake Shoes. Requiring freeing off from time to time. Also and lubricating as part of a regular service. But I am afraid that the cables still seize up and have to be come to us for a Car Hand brake Cable Replacement  from time to time especially as the car gets older.

Car Hand brake

Rear Car Hand brake stripped down ready for the hand brake checking

Your Car Hand brake is now a different animal?

In the more up to date modern car with disc brakes all round there is an additional lever and cork screw mechanism that is added to the calipers piston. When the driver pulls the hand brake on in the car, the lever forces the cork screw against the same piston that activates the foot pedal system.

This system also has problems with seizing parts and will take more than ten minutes to free off and lubricate for further use. There are other systems such as used by Volvo, that incorporate a separate drum with its own Ferodo Brake Shoes that is connected to the rear discs, this can also be a long job to service correctly.

To summarise the “can you just adjust my Car Hand brake” days are over, we as a garage need to take more time to repair and adjust the modern car hand brake system and indeed what we do is to offer a separate service just to do the cars braking system justice and to offer a first class brake service.

Article written by Eric Roberts…www.pellonautocentre.com

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Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and 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.

Soft Braking Problem-Toyota Yaris Comes to us with Soft brakes-.

Soft Braking Problem

Soft Braking Problem

A look at a soft brake problem on a Customers Yaris.
There is no doubt that the Toyota Yaris has become a very popular little car. It is one of the most popular models that we have in at Pellon Autocentre, here in Halifax UK.As a result, we have become very familiar with carrying out brake repairs and general servicing. Sometimes, these little cars can cause us problems? One of our male customers had bought a ten year old Yaris as a little run around for his daughter.

Soft Braking Problem

His daughter was at college here in Halifax. She thought that the brake pedal was soft. Thus the brakes had to be pressed very hard before the car would stop. Robin, left the car with us. We checked the obvious things such as leaking brake fluid from the brake pipes and cylinders.
We noticed a slight leak of brake fluid from one of the rear cylinders.

The rear shoes were very low and slightly contaminated with brake fluid. Of course, we always list the faults we find on a job. In order that we can price the total job and present it to the customer for permission. To carry out the necessary work to bring the car up the correct standard. Further more the brake fluid was very black and dirty.

Soft Braking Problem could it have been the brake fluid?

The fluid level in the master cylinder had been neglected. For this reason we also added a master cylinder to our list and a complete brake bleed.
To explain what work would be required, we contacted Robin with a quote. We were given permission to carry out the brake work. later that day, the brakes were repaired and the pedal became more acceptable.
Robin collected the Yaris and later thanked us for our efficient work, saying” that his daughter was much more confident with the Yarises brakes” and felt much safer. She thought that the brake pedal was soft. Thus the brakes had to be pressed very hard before the car would stop.

Therefore, we checked the obvious things such as leaking brake fluid from the brake pipes and cylinders. We noticed a slight leak of brake fluid from one of the rear cylinders. The rear shoes were very low and slightly contaminated with brake fluid.

Noisy Car Brakes-Nice Red Citroen DS3 Pulls in with a Grinding Brakes Problem?

Post Updated 6th Jan 2014

I was surprised to see this nice red car with Noisy Car Brakes   .

Been the owner of a busy garage has many” ups and downs”. One of the more nicer and pleasant aspects of the job is to see the the number of different cars and car models that would appear in any given week.

This past week has seen cars as diverse as a Rolls Royce Wraith ( which was one of only 220 cars produced) to a Wolsey Hornet Mini from the late sixties, not counting the everyday cars such as Ford Fiestas and VW Golfs.Noisy Car Brakes Early on in the week we had a car made by Citroen, the DS3 call in to us with Noisy Car Brakes. The was in my favorite  colour a very bright red, ( I love red cars). We put the citroen car with the Noisy Car Brakes on a ramp and removed all the wheels to check the Noisy Car Brakes, and sure enough the front pads were worn down to the metal and the friction from having “metal to metal” had also damaged the front discs. The rear brakes were cleaned and checked and were good for further use.

We contacted the customer and was given the go ahead to replace the brakes

Because we are a Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC) we fitted Unipart Car Brakes , this meant that the customer was getting good quality brakes with a nation wide guarantee. The Noisy Car Brakes job was completed and the customer went on his way, but I took a couple of pictures because I am a great fan of the Citroen DS3.The colours are very bright and modern looking with a choice of 11 colours and four different roof colours, you can even have colour coded alloy wheels and also different carpet designs.There is also a sports version known as the D-Sport which comes with Blue-tooth and climate control. The car also include 17 inch alloy wheels, the one I looked at came with Yokohama tyres and looked great. They also come out with additional body modifications and really look very stylish.

Noisy Car Brakes

Noisy Car Brakes DS3 brakes” new and old disks”

This car in my opinion is a great tribute to the New Citroen DS3 designers, who had to compete with the BMW Mini and the great little Fiat 500.

More reading…

The DS3 is the first in a range of very different Citroen models that put the emphasis on style and personality, along with strong performance and driver appeal. With its stylish look and compact size, it’s easy to see why so many comparisons have been drawn with the popular MINI and Fiat 500. msn cars

And also..

“The engine combines strong low-rev performance – 110bhp at 3600rpm and 199lb ft at 2000rpm, enough for a sub-10.0sec 0-60mph time – with a claimed 62.8mpg (combined cycle) and 118g/km of CO2 emissions, which sees annual road tax costing just £20…”EVO

This article was written by Eric Roberts...

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and New Brake Parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com 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.

 

Unipart Brake Repairs-Unipart Car Care Centres-Brake Repair: How To Locate A Trusted Garage.

Unipart Brake Repairs

Unipart Brake Repairs

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You may avoid potential car issues by doing your research and seeking out an excellent brake repair mechanic or auto repair service center. A seasoned professional will repair your vehicle difficulties before they become …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Unipart car care helps to protect the motorist

We at Pellon Auto-centre were looking for an organisation that gave our customers protection from over pricing and parts that were not up to standard.

We looked at all sorts of options and after long consideration we decided to join the Unipart Car Care Centres (UCCC) scheme. This nationwide scheme gave us what we required to protect and give confidence to our customers here in Halifax West Yorkshire UK.

All the members have to have their garages vetted by the RAC (now the AA) and have to become members of the regularity body known as Motor-Codes. We also have to keep the old parts that we remove including Brake parts and Unipart Brake Repairs , for the inspection of the customer, and have to follow a “Fair Price Policy, when it came to Unipart Brake Repairs”

The guarantee of good workmanship is also carried across the UK, if the work that we carry out say on your brakes then you can call in to the nearest UCCC have have the problem fixed under warranty. So look out for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre, and you can trust the Unipart Brake Repairs

Unipart Brake Repairs

Unipart Brake Repairs on this BMW Mini, in at Pellon Autocentre-Halifax-UK

guys.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and 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 www.pellonautocentre.com 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. 

 

This post was compiled by Eric Roberts...www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

Warped Brake Discs-Why do your Brake Discs Go Out of Shape?

Warped Brake Discs

warped brake discs; warping  is a common problem

Most people know what a brake disc is. Of course, they learn this through experience gained throughout their motoring life. The brake discs are known in America as “Brake Rotors”, I say this

warped brake discs

This car came to us with a terrible brake grinding noise, caused by Worn out brakes Discs and pads ready to be replaced

because of my American readers. Just in case they dont know what I am referring to.

The discs are the large metal discs that you see on most cars. Hence, when the wheels are removed. For this reason, there job is to stop the car when the brakes are applied. Thus, they are grabbed by the Car Brake Pads. At great pressure to stop the car. This action causes friction and wear on the discs. Consequently, with constant use and heat build up.

warped brake discs

replacing warped brake discs

Over time the Disc Brakes will slowly wear down. Most manufactures of these discs recommend a minimum thickness of wear. When your brakes are examined by a competent Autocentre. Then the discs will be measured and if they are below the thickness limits. Therefore, customer will then be advised?Hopefully the warped brake discs will be changed.

Discs come in all types of designs. Although the discs that fit the regular family saloon car. Hence, are usually of the conventional solid steel discs type. Although, many cars are now coming out on vented discs. This was an improvement to help dissipate the high amount of heat that the discs generate in heavy usage. In my opinion these vented discs wear more quickly than the solid discs, but do not warp as much.

Warped Brake Discs

The warped brake discs will go out of shape for many reasons , but the main reason through what I call “normal wear and tear” , this is caused by the exposed discs coming into contact with water, during in heavy rain, the discs constantly heat up and cool down when in contact with the water. This year has been particularly bad for warped brake discs replacements due to our record wet year here in the UK. The discs produce a high spot which over time causes them to develop a “high spot” and eventually the discs will warp.

This warped brake discs can be felt through the brake pedal when you are pressing the brakes and will get worse, making the driving feel uncomfortable. If this is not seen to it is possible that the discs can break up into pieces, often causing distress to the driver.

Some sportier car models have to have perforated discs fitted as an added bonus in keeping the discs cool when heavy braking and have to be re-fitted with the same type of discs, discs are very important and can not be messed about with, except for upgrades.

Warped Brake Discs How do I look after my brake discs ?

The answer really is to have your car regularly maintained. Most good Autocentres will offer their customers a free brake check. Also you should have your car serviced at least once a year, this will include your brake check and any problems will be noted and presented to you as a recommendation. It is then up to you to have the problems fixed before you run into more problems. I have noticed recently that the customers with brake problems are the ones that did not find time to have their car serviced, and the cost doubles because of the extra problems that a set of worn out pads would have cost if discovered on a service.

warped brake discs

Sports discs ready to be fitted

Failing Brakes-Lack Of Car Servicing Could lead To problems with your cars brakes ?

Failing Brakes

Many cars are now having The experience of driving your car along the road only to find that when you apply the Failing Brakes, you hear a tremendous “grinding”noise problems

We are now finding that we are seen an increase in drivers calling into our garage. Thus, with Failing Brakes. Consequently,  that are rattling and banging. Many of our customers are lady drivers (about 60%

Failing Brakes

New Brake Discs fitted to the BMW Mini with Failing Brakes

we estimate). The experience of driving your car along the road . Hence, only to find that when you apply the Failing Brakes. Then you can hear a tremendous “grinding”noise. As a result, coming from your car. This can be a harrowing and frightening experience.

Failing Brakes

Examining discs and pads

 

When this happens. So, all the customer wants to do is stop the car. Then, get it to a garage as soon as possible. These days as well as the noise, then a warning light will illuminate on the dash-board. Making the experience twice as daunting.

For some strange reason. The cost of the repairs to repair to them does not seem to be a problem. Because, this important part of the Failing Brakes must be fixed at all cost.

This is the bit that I don’t understand ! We find that the main reason for the Failing Brakes, and becoming beyond the stage of safety levels (when the pads are completely worn down and they become metal on metal with the Discs), is mainly because the vehicle had not been serviced the year before.

By skipping a service usually for financial reasons. You will be storing trouble up for the future. Especially, with problems with Failing Brakes. This is truly false economy.

We find the cost of the repairs is probably twice the cost as it would be if the repairs were picked up at an MOT test or for the vehicle servicing. When servicing and we find that the  Brake Pads are getting low, then we report back to the client with an advisory and the parts will be changed on the service making the car safe again, and up to scratch. If the owner does not have their vehicle serviced and the Failing Brakes are neglected, then the problem of low pads will then be spread to the other parts, namely the brake

Failing Brakes

The ladies BMW Mini having the brakes repaired after servicing

discs, and then you could end up with seized up brake calipers, and leaking brake cylinders and damaged ABS warning wires.

Failing Brakes problems would have been avoided.

One lady customer brought her BMW Mini in to us with Failing Brakes problems. When we examined them , the car required discs and pads on the front and pads on the rear. The lady could not understand this as she said that we had serviced the car a couple of months previously.

When we checked the records on our computer system, the last service was carried out 18 months ago, she had missed her annual service completely, needless to say that she apologised, paid her bill and went on her way. We do send out reminders to our customers, but it had slipped her mind.

The invoice was twice the amount as it would have been if the pads had been picked up on a standard service. We do understand that in such bad financial times, some people just can not afford for servicing doing but many Autocentres like ourselves in Halifax, will carry out brake service for as little as £29.90, then at least you will know that your brakes are safe.

 

Car Disk Brakes-A Brief Explanation about what they do and what they are?

 Post Updated 31st Dec 2013

Whatever car you drive you are likely to have Car Disk Brakes

Car Disk Brakes

Dale one of our MOT Testers checking the brake flued on a vehicle at our Halifax Garage

Whatever car you drive a perhaps it is a small, medium,or a large 4×4 car even a motorbike or a pick up truck, you will probably have Car Disk Brakes fitted as standard on your vehicle. The

Car Disk Brakes

BMW brake discs just fitted

Car Disk Brakes are one of the most important recent inventions on the modern car. Even though you never think about your Car Disk Brakes, they are probably one of the most important functions on your vehicle. Though there are two or three different types of car brakes, the drum (used mostly on the rear brakes) and the disks, the Car Disk Brakes are the most commonly used on today’s modern cars. Disc brakes are far better and much more efficient than drum brakes because of their more modern design and more powerful stopping ability. Disc brakes are a success story from the world of motor racing and have been passed onto the modern cars of to day.

What are your disc brakes

For any easy explanation, Car Disk Brakes consist of two pads Made from a non-asbestos material that grips the rotating metal disk. The metal disks, are fitted at the end of an axle. When you press the brake pedal inside the car, the pressure is transferred from the pedal to the discs thus stopping the car.You control the braking power. When you push on the brake pedal, the brake pads come together on the disk, forcing it to stop turning which will cause your vehicle to slow down and eventually stop.

 


How To Keep your Disk Brakes in top condition.

Whatever type of type of vehicle you may drive, you will probably need to consider having your brakes serviced and brakes maintenance or replacement of your brake parts , at some point along the way. It is important to have the thickness of your brake pads checked by a competent person preferably a qualified mechanic . If your pads are thin or even down to the bare metal, they can cause damage to your disc brakes which will increase your bill due to disc damage due to” metal on metal”.

 

Also check your brake fluid

You should always keep an eye on your cars brake fluid level in the cylinder top up tank under the bonnet. This top up is usually done on a regular service or brake service, by a competentAutocentrein your neighborhood.

Replacing the break pads and the disc brakes can be fairly easily on your own but it is worth noting that the brake discs and pads are becoming much more sophisticated on the cars of today. So Don’t hesitate to get help if you are unsure and once again it may be wise to let your localUnipart centre to do your brakes professionally.

What are the signs of brake disc damage ?

There are many ways your break disks will warn you of impending damage. The first experience that our customers have is a complaint of a “grinding” sound. This is usually the “metal on Metal” that I described earlier. The Car Disk Brakes can also warp, scar or crack , due to heat that is caused by heavy excessive braking. Once again these signs are picked up in routine brake servicing.

Are there different disc brake designs?

The answer to this is “YES”, these days, the designs of the Car Disk Brakes vary greatly. Some are made in classic solid steel, but others have special drilled out sections that allows the built up of heat to dissipate, keeping the discs cooler, once again a development from racing car design. These drilled out steel discs help prolong the life of the Car Disk Brakes because they reduce built-up heat and prevent the possibility of warping and enhance the cars stopping power. The creative designs are endless and each design has a different effect on the performance of your braking system.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my
business.

 

 

Car Brake Warning Lights-Dashboard Warning Lights can scare you to death?

 Car Brake Warning Lights

Nearly all the modern cars today have a massive bank of warning lights including your Car Brake Warning Lights on the dash when you switch your ignition on and start your car. As the engine begins to pick up after a few

Car Brake Warning Lights

Car Brake Warning Lights; This replacement disc was fitted with help from the brake warning lights showing up the old damaged discs.

seconds the dashboard  lights will have cleared. Modern technology and on-board computers have enabled car manufacturers to connect almost every part of the modern car to some kind of warning lights. This is for increased fuel efficiency and to enhance the car’s safety. The car dash looks more like an airplane’s cockpit these days, but thankfully we have clever mechanics with computer soft-wear that can diagnose what these problems are should they arise. We at Pellon Auto-centre use a car diagnostic computer made by SUN Systems and find it is a great machine for sorting out the light problems and resetting the  lights, or telling us what the underlying problem may be.

 Brake warning lights

Car Brake Warning Lights symbol looks the same for most car models, but yours could be slightly different. Its purpose is to tell you that something is wrong with the braking system somewhere on the car. If this light comes on, check your owner’s manual to find out its meaning, as I say some cars have a different meaning. It could be used for many purposes. For example, the same light may be used to show that the hand-brake is left on. If that’s the case and you’re still driving, you would notice the smell of burning brake pads. The light can also indicate that the fluid in your brake master cylinder is getting low. Each manufacturer has a different use and standard for this light. In all cases if the light remains on you should take the car at once to your local auto centre and have the brakes checked out. For further information click the link bellow.


ABS Car Brake Warning Lights

Not all cars have ABS braking systems but they are becoming more common as the new cars are starting to come out. If you car has an ABS braking system, you will have a second type of warning light (as shown in the picture). If you see this light on you should seek immediate help from your garage or Auto-centre. This light is controlled by a computer and means that the computer has picked up a problem with the braking system. It could just be a simple thing such as dirty contacts on your braking components and sensors, or it could be that your ABS unit needs replacing, either way if this light comes on please take notice and have your car checked out as soon as possible. The may stay on, flash or blink but whatever it does seek attention, you may end up with no brakes at all.

About Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre and Battery  industry now
for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting
my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and
Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their
related products that will help my business.

 

Car Brake Warning Lights

Car Brake Warning Lights; a typical ABS warning lights

 

 

standard brake warning lights

How Brake Pads Work-Understand What your BRAKE PADS Do

Post Updated 27th Dec 2013

How Brake Pads Work;Unipart brake pads

Here at Pellon Autocentre we use top quality brake parts, we use  because it gives us peace of mind that we are fitting a top class product and we know that our customers wont have problems with their new brake pads.

How Brake Pads Work;English: This is a graph demonstrating differe...

English: This is a graph demonstrating How Brake Pads Work different types of brake pads typical stopping distances from 80 MPH or 130 KM/hour in feet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

How Brake Pads Work

Your brake pads are one of the most important part of your brakes, as they are the component that makes contact to and applies the pressure and friction to your cars brake discs. This is the pressure and friction that is applied to the brake discs and this is what slows and stops your car. Once your brakes are applied the pressure from the master cylinder stops the wheels from turning and the car stops. The role of How Brake Pads Work is really very simple, but the construction of the brake pads is not.

Brake pads were once made out of asbestos when I was a young mechanic, but because of the cancer causing materials in the pads, new compounds had to be developed and nowadays brake pads are made from a mixture of metallic shavings or non-metallic, organic materials, depending on the manufacturers own compound mixes.

The brake pads are compressed onto your brake discs when you press the brake pedal. The discs are fitted directly to the wheel hubs and the axle, on applying the brake pads friction is forced upon the disc causing the wheels to slow and then stop depending on the pressure applied to the pedal. The discs work in unison with the brake pads in order to stop your vehicle.

When will I need new brake pads or discs?

There are many different warning signs that your vehicle will give you before your brakes may reach the point of potential failure or extensive repair. The first thing to say is that you should always have your car regularly serviced, including your braking system. This will stop problems before they occur.

Here’s some other things that you should look out for.

Watch out for your brake warning light coming on when you are driving?

How Brake Pads Work

English: A set of EBC performance disk brake pads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check or have your garage check your brake fluid level?
Can you hear a grinding sound or a squealing sound when you apply the brake pedal?
Can you feel a vibration or some sponginess in the brake pedal when it is pressed?
Can you feel your vehicle steer or pull to one side when you apply your brakes?

All these symptoms are the most common signs that are a potential brake system How Brake Pads Work problems and they should be looked at immediately, as they have the potential to cause a lethal accident. Brakes are there to stop your car and they should not be treated lightly, if you have them inspected at regular intervals you will reduce the chances of future problems.

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre and Battery  industry now
for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting
my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and
Auto-centre
, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their
related products that will help my business.

 

How Brake Pads Work

Aaron checking out for brake pad problems