Brakes and Brake Pads

stp_83_st60_1200pwideEveryone knows that your braking system is what stops your car safely. At R&M Mechanics we know how important the regular inspection and maintenance of your brakes can be.

Today’s vehicle braking systems involve many different components working together to help you to stop and manoeuvre your vehicle in a controlled manner. The key components of your vehicle braking system include a master cylinder, servo, brake callipers, brake fluid and cylinders, discs, drums, pads and shoes. All the components are linked by a series of brake hoses and brake pipes containing brake fluid, so when you press your brake pedal the vehicle slows down and stops. The rate at which your brakes reduce the vehicle speed is determined by the amount and duration of foot pressure is applied to your brake pedal, and of course your braking system’s condition.

Brakes are in use more often when driving around town than on a motorway journey, not forgetting that you need to use your brakes to stop your vehicle in an emergency. So maintaining an effective vehicle braking system is top priority for every motorist.

Regular brake checks are an important part of any vehicle preventative maintenance plan. Brake checks can identify a problem before it begins to impact your braking efficiency, thus providing an opportunity to restore the effectiveness of your braking system to its intended operating performance. The effects of sudden brake failure can be devastating and in the event of an accident attributed to faulty brakes, the consequences of not maintaining an effective braking system could result in prosecution. Your vehicle will also fail its MoT test if braking efficiency is below specification.

The performance of your vehicle’s braking system is tested on a rolling road to measure the amount of force generated while operating the hand and foot brake. The braking force generated is then recorded and compared to the manufacturer’s specified tolerance level. Any reading or imbalance falling outside these tolerance levels will result in an MoT test failure.

As best practice for people who cover average or greater than average annual mileage and for normal coverage motorists, R&M Mechanics recommend that a vehicle’s braking system is checked twice a year.

With our Intermediate Service we offer a brake inspection and will clean the brake pads. The inspection covers a full braking system inspection, measuring wear on the vehicles brake pads, shoes, discs and drums. Should any defect or imperfection be noted, we will offer a quote for any work to be required.

For the Full Inspection, not only will we do a brake inspection and clean the brake pads, we will also strip the rear brake hubs and decontaminate. Again should any defect or imperfection be noted, we will offer a quote for any work to be required.

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