Nearly 20% of MOT failures caused by faulty brakes
When driving in cold, rainy weather, it’s crucial to make sure your brake pads and discs are properly functioning. Your car likely requires an assessment if it’s been 30,000 – 35,000 miles since last replacing its brake pads. Waiting too long usually leads to costly damage to the brake discs and rotors. Not to mention the high fines incurred from a negative MOT test – up to £2,500. In 2016-2017, faulty brakes made up for nearly 20% of MOT failures. Don’t take the risk, routinely check your car’s braking system.
It’s so important to know when to change brake discs and pads. We recommend that you check your car’s brakes twice a year for wear and damage. Although possible with a visual spot check, we advise having one of our top-rated partner garages complete a thorough assessment – at a low-cost, fixed-rate fee. Fixter’s easy door-to-door services makes the process as simple as possible, without any hidden charges. Below you can find our flat fees for replacing your car’s brake pads and discs.
Knowing when your brake pads and discs are unsafe, worn out, and need replacing
As mentioned, it’s highly advised to have your car’s brake pads and discs inspected bi-annually. If you haven’t followed this recommendation, there’s general ways to know when it’s time for new brakes. Some warning signs are fairly obvious, while others require careful attention. If you’ve had your car for a considerable amount of time, you should generally know when something’s amiss – worn brakes will change how a car drives and responds.
So, when do brake discs need replacing? Whenever they aren’t working as they should. You don’t want to gamble with the safety of your family and passengers after all.
Vibrating, growling brakes – it’s time for a brake pad and brake disc replacement
Since brake pads are meant to protect other components, like discs and rotors, you’ll know they’re no longer working when your car vibrates. A pulsating sensation created from damaged, warped rotors, is usually felt when stepping on the brake pedal. Both rotors and pads need to remain even for a smooth braking experience. It’s important to have your car inspected immediately if you experience any vibrating. If not handled quickly, you could end up with grinding, growling brakes – caused by the brake disc rubbing against other parts, and other serious issues.
Poor brake response, fading, and pulling
Although not directly related to car brake pads and discs, you definitely need your system checked if responsiveness becomes delayed. When it takes more effort than usual to stop your car, it’s time for an inspection. This issue, often caused by leaky fluid, could be the tip of other concerns beneath the surface. Similarly, if you experience your car leaning to one side when braking, you might need the brake fluid checked. Although, more subtle, if you notice in imbalance, it generally means your brake components are worn and need replacing.
How to check your brake pads and discs
The simplest method of checking your car brake pads and discs is to take a visual inspection. You should be able to see through your wheels to the brake disc system. You may have to remove a wheel cover or get a torch to give yourself the best chances of seeing what’s going on.
Damage or wear of the pads and discs is fairly easy to spot.
When to replace brake pads: The pads should have a decent depth of 4 or 5mm before they hit the carrier plate.
When to replace brake discs: The discs shouldn’t show too much sign of wear. Excessive grooves and ridges can affect braking performance so if there are signs of such, then it’s time to get them checked by a mechanic.
Don’t try this at home
Many issues are preventable by regularly maintaining your car’s brake pads (and system). This might seem like a simple task (and quick fix) to do at home. However, it’s highly advised to consult a garage for proper installation. Not only will you need a wire brush, floor jack, screwdrivers with flathead, allen key set, c-clamp, socket set, torque wrench, ruler, pliers, gloves, and brake system cleaner, you might not spot other underlying problems. To get an idea of the work required, the Sunday Times driving section illustrates step-by-step instructions. Like all car maintenance tasks, extreme care and precision is necessary. Improperly replacing car parts could lead to major problems and costly damage. It’s best to have one of Fixter’s top-rated partner garages complete the work for you.
For maximum safety – replace brake pads and discs together
To ensure a smooth, safe, consistent braking system, it’s highly recommended to have new pads and discs installed at the same time. Even though brake discs are metallic, it doesn’t mean they don’t need wear out. Avoid uneven damage in both components by having your car’s entire brake system replaced. Routine maintenance will save you from frequent visits to the garage. As a general rule, you should always instal both when the discs are the main issue.
How much does brake discs and pads replacement cost?
The cost of brake pads replacement can vary depending on your car brand, model and engine. Moreover, whether you live in a big city or a small village, the price of brake discs and pads replacement on your vehicle can be quite different.
When receiving a brake pads and discs replacement service with Fixter, your car is in good hands. Our garage network comprises over 35 years of experience and services thousands of cars per month. We work with top networks, including Bosch Car Care, Autofirst, Auto Care, Unipart Car Care, RAC, AA, and Trust My Garage. Our garages receive training from Group Auto, Bosch, and Autofirst, among others to maintain compliance and stay up to date on industry and technological changes. All our garages meet the UK’s MOT standards, and thoroughly tests each car. Additionally, you can count on Fixter to perform regular maintenance check-ups with our full, major, and interim services. Each offering is tailor-made based on the needs of your particular car.