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Our expert insights into free brakes check

What is included in a car brake check?

Each key brake component will be inspected by our highly experienced mechanics. They will visually check the thickness of your brake pads, and the condition of your calipers and brake discs. Depending on the condition of these parts they can then advise whether or not they think a replacement is needed.

How do I know if my brakes need replacing?

Some common signs that your brakes may need replacing are:

  • You hear unusual noises, such as squeaking or grinding, when braking

  • Your vehicle pulls to one side when braking

  • You feel vibrations or shudders when braking

  • Your brakes feel hard or spongy when applying pressure

  • There is additional slack in the handbrake or difficulty removing handbrake

  • The brake warning light is illuminated

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Hey Fixter, how long do brakes last?

The lifespan of brake pads can vary but they should usually last between 20,000 and 60,000 miles. Brakes are arguably the most important safety feature your car has so you should have them checked every six months.

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Upfront, fair pricing, with free collection & return and no hidden costs. Our in-house experts will then choose the ideal garage to work on your car.

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A fully-insured Fixter driver will pick up your car, whenever and wherever works for you. (If you’d prefer to drive your car to the garage yourself, that’s not a problem!).

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Our in-house experts will keep you updated, and your card is only charged once all work has been satisfactorily completed and approved by our team. Your driver will then drop the car back when it’s convenient for you.

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Want to learn more about Volvo free brakes check?

What is included in a car brake check?

Each key brake component will be inspected by our highly experienced mechanics. They will visually check the thickness of your brake pads, and the condition of your calipers and brake discs. Depending on the condition of these parts they can then advise whether or not they think a replacement is needed.

Volvo

Volvo Cars is a Swedish luxury vehicle manufacturer, established in April 1927, over 90 years ago.

With around 645k cars on the roads in the UK today, Volvo is a considerable contributor to the UK motor industry.

With a steady rise in status from the boxy estate models popular in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Volvo now produces a strong, executive range of luxury, performance vehicles.

Luxurious executive saloons, estate cars and SUVs

Sticking to the market they understand best, Volvo produces a small range of estate cars and a selection of bang-on-trend SUVs, complimented by 2 luxury saloon models. In other words, Volvo makes cars for ‘grown-up’ drivers where it knows its customers inside out.

Volvo: Exceptional aims for in-car safety

One of Volvo’s key visions is to provide a level of unrivalled safety inside their vehicles and has proven to be a dedicated leader in the field. Their current vision is that nobody should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car by 2020.

Pursuing perfection through Volvo technology

The ethos behind Volvo reaches further than just selling units and making a profit. By putting their customers first, they have committed to creating vehicles where ownership gives quality time back to their drivers, are environmentally efficient and exceptionally safe.

Using modern technology and striving to develop the systems to lead the field, is something they take very seriously. After all, this is the company that brought drivers:

  • The 3-point safety seatbelt

  • The Lambda Sond emissions detector responsible for reducing harmful fumes by 90%

  • Side impact, whiplash, and roll-over protection

  • Blind spot systems

  • City safety scanning

  • Pedestrian detection

  • Auto-braking

What do brakes do?

Brakes are arguably the most critical safety component in your vehicle. Your brake pads apply friction through pressure to your brake discs, to slow your car down or stop it. Your brake pads are fitted to callipers, located either side of the brake disc, that come together to press against the disc when you apply the brake pedal.

Can I drive with worn out brake pads?

Driving with worn or failing brakes is very dangerous. If you continue to drive with worn-out pads or damaged discs, your braking performance will deteriorate further. Worn out brake pads should be replaced immediately. A visual check will confirm if the pads need replacing, or when a sensor triggers a dashboard warning light.

How do I know if my brakes need replacing?

Some common signs that your brakes may need replacing are:

  • You hear unusual noises, such as squeaking or grinding, when braking

  • Your vehicle pulls to one side when braking

  • You feel vibrations or shudders when braking

  • Your brakes feel hard or spongy when applying pressure

  • There is additional slack in the handbrake or difficulty removing handbrake

  • The brake warning light is illuminated

Why should I book a brake check?

To ensure your car remains safe and roadworthy, it is important to have your brakes looked at every six months for signs of wear. Depending on the quality of your brake parts, how often you drive your car and your driving style you may find that your brake pads wear out quicker than you might think.

Our top-rated mechanics will visually inspect your brake system for signs of extreme wear, damage or corrosion. They’ll then give their expert opinion on the condition of your brakes and advice on when they should be replaced.

How long do brakes last?

The lifespan of brake pads can vary but they should usually last between 20,000 and 60,000 miles. Rear brake pads tend to last longer than the front pair because most cars are front wheel drive, so the front brake pads work harder to help slow your car down. Your driving style and the quality of the parts will affect the lifespan of your brakes.

Brakes are arguably the most important safety feature your car has so we recommend having them checked by a professional every six months. So if you can’t remember the last time you had them looked at, schedule a free check now!

What causes brake discs to stop working correctly?

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 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.

How to make my brake pads last longer?

Try avoiding driving at high speeds so that you're less likely to need to brake quickly and heavily, which puts extra pressure on the brakes.

Anticipate traffic and hazards ahead so you can brake steadily and gradually. Heavy loads also put stress on brake pads – don't carry unnecessary weight.

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