How do rear brake discs work?
The brake disc is a metal plate mounted on the wheel hub that is clamped between 2 rear brake pads when braking is applied; this causes friction and slows the vehicle down.
How often should brake discs need replacing?
As a rough guide, your** brake discs** should last between 50k and 70k miles, but there are many variables that could affect this, including driver behaviour, the weight you carry and the speed you travel.
The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT
Nearly 20% of MOT failures are caused by faulty brakes. Incorrect brake function, damaged or excessively worn discs or pads are considered unsafe for your vehicle performance and will cause your car to fail its MOT.
What causes rear brake discs to stop working correctly?
Rear brake discs wear out over time from continual use. The friction applied by the brake pads, and the intense heat generated, will eventually deform the disc, causing it to become thinner and less effective when performing its job.
Extended use can also cause rear brake discs to crack, rendering them ineffective. Scars and rust on the disc can be caused by debris thrown from the road and poor weather conditions; this is also effective in reducing the operation of your brake discs.
Symptoms of malfunctioning rear brakes
Braking causes unusual noises
Loud screeching or grinding noises from your brakes is an indication that there is a problem with either your brake discs or pads.
When your car pulls to one side under braking
If only one brake is working correctly, it can cause your car to pull in the direction of the functioning brake.
The car vibrates under braking
Your brake pads or discs could be warped if the pedal vibrates when you press down on it.
The brake disc shows signs of damage
Look through the wheel for a visual check—if the disc’s surface isn’t smooth, or it displays cracks, grooves, spots or a blue colourisation, then the disc is quite likely damaged.
Your brake warning light on the dashboard is illuminated
If any of your dashboard warning lights are illuminated, the sensor that detects problems or worn out parts and components has identified an issue and activated the system.
Citroën is a French automobile manufacturer, part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group since 1976, established over 100 years ago in March 1919.
Citroën produced the world’s first mass-produced front-wheel drive car and one of the first to feature a unitary type body, with no chassis supporting its mechanical components.
How popular is Citroën in the United Kingdom?
Citroën is probably better known for its quirky design and fun fashion styled brand of cars. Offering something different from more traditional sporty looks, they are a brand that provides value without being cheap.
There were 1.3m Citroën cars on the roads at the close of 2018; a figure that peaked in the early part of 2015 and has maintained a very similar number ever since.
Good value vehicles for family driving
Citroën offers a range of fun-looking smaller city cars and family cars for every ilk. The smallest starts with their C1 city model, growing into the C3 mini-MPV and SUV models, then the C4 subcompact and compact featuring crossover and SUV styles, up to the C5 family saloon, that is also available as an SUV sporting Citroën’s Aircross moniker.
With models featuring up to 7 seats, Citroën doesn’t just create cars for everyday family motoring—they supply cars for the biggest of families.
Citroën’s reliability and reputation
You wouldn’t instantly think of Citroën as one of the technological leaders of the automotive industry, but as well as being the first to introduce front wheel drive and unitary body type vehicles, they were also responsible for producing the first hydropneumatic self-levelling suspensions system in 1954. Just one year later they introduced another milestone in motoring history, producing the first mass-produced car with modern disc brakes.
Citroën ranked 25th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. Probably not a figure to earn them too much confidence and an increase in sales, but when you consider that they still featured higher than Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Land Rover then maybe the competition is a little tougher throughout that survey than it first appears.
Recent Citroën recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Citroën models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
25/04/2019 – Citroën Berlingo
The handbrake mechanism may not be correct
27/02/2019 – Citroën C4 Aircross (2011–2015)
The battery charge program may not be to specification
12/02/2019 – Citroën C3 Aircross (2016–2018)
The wires of the seat position sensor may not be correct
01/02/2019 – Citroën Spacetourer and Dispatch IV (2015–2108)
The loosening of the front wishbone lower ball joints
01/02/2019 – Citroën Spacetourer and Dispatch IV (2016–2018)
The fixing bolt of the front suspension wishbone
01/02/2019 – Citroën Spacetourer and Dispatch IV (2015–2018)
The air conditioning compressor pulley could break
01/02/2019 – Citroën Spacetourer Dispatch IV (2016–2018)
Rear suspension wishbone mounting bolts
14/01/2019 – Citroën C3 (2018)
The steering column universal joint clamp may be incorrectly fitted
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.