How do my brakes work?

It is fair to say that your brakes are your car’s most important safety feature.

Modern drum and disc-based systems are more and more complex, hence more and more efficient and reliable.

Disc-based system comprise a brake disc, calliper and pads or shoes – these have a lining to enhance friction. On braking, brake fluid enters the caliper, squeezing the pads against the disc to stop the car. This is basically how many braking systems works.

How much brake repairs cost?

The cost of brake discs and pads replacement depends on your car brand, model and engine.

Also, depending on your location, the price of a brake discs and pads replacement on your vehicle can vary.

Vauxhall Astra
1.7 TDCI
Vauxhall Agila
1.0 litres
Ford C Max
1.6 TDCI
Ford C Max Titanium
2.0 litres
Volkswagen Caddy
1.6 TDI
Volkswagen Bora
1.9 TDI
Nissan Almera
1.5 SX
Dacia Duster
1.5 DCI
Citroen Berlingo
1.6 litres

When do I need to change my brake discs and pads?

There is usually no accurate sign to determine whether or not you need to change your brake pads and discs except checking visually.

If you want to know precisely when do you need to change your brake discs and pads, you can do this by looking at your brake discs through the wheel spokes.

Look for the shiny exterior on the disc facing you, and check for grooves, scoring or rough spots, which normally suggest the brake disc is below its minimum recommended thickness.

Also, look for uneven wear resulting from metal on metal contact with worn pads.

There may also be radial cracks, caused by overheating or raised outer edges. A micrometer test more accurately assesses whether the thickness of the disc is safe.

Regarding pads, they are key to any braking system. They usually are flat parts with a metal backing and protect more expensive components like discs and rotors.

Most of the time, new brake pads will enhance braking performance without being hugely expensive.

If you’re changing a brake disc, we’d recommend changing brake pads at the same time. Otherwise, new discs wear unevenly, and the resulting damage could be serious and cost your car its MOT test. (Braking systems, incidentally, are behind many MOT failures.)

Don’t take any chances – worn braking parts lead to increased stopping distances, diminished braking ability, and heightened risks of an accident.

Check your braking system regularly as part of preventative maintenance. You can’t replace safely brake pads or discs yourself without detailed mechanical knowledge, so get a professional job done.

How Fixter can help

Fixter’s mechanics are qualified to get this done properly. One of our approved partner garages will assess your brake pads and discs thoroughly, probably as part of your MOT or servicing.

We offer door-to-door collection, a 12-month guarantee on parts and labour, and transparent, affordable fees.

Pop in your registration details to receive a quote for our competitively priced brake pads and discs replacement service.

About Fixter

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