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What You Need To Know About Brakes

Brakes are arguably the most important facet of any vehicle. After all, when cruising down a hill or approaching a red light, you need to feel confident knowing that your brakes are reliable, in great form, and will not let you down. So, how often should you get brake service? And, really, how do brakes even work?

In this blog, we’re telling you everything you need to know about brakes – including what you should look for in a repair centre, how often you should get them checked and more.

Here’s everything you need to know about brakes.

1. Brake service – how often?

The frequency of car service depends on how often you drive. If you’re commuting every day for 1-2 hours, you’ll need your vehicle checked more frequently than someone who drives leisurely, perhaps once every week or so.

Below are things you should be mindful of when it comes to your brakes.

  • Do you hear screeching, grinding or squeaking noises when you apply pressure to your brakes?
  • Does it take you too long to stop when you brake?
  • Is the brake warning light coming on?

Generally, you should take your vehicle in for service between every 6,000-10,000KM.

2. How do you know a repair shop is for you?

Do the ‘gut check’ test when walking into a repair shop. Are you greeted with comfort? Is the repair shop inviting? Do you feel appreciated as a potential customer?

We’ve all been there – walking into retail stores, coffee houses or repair shops and the feeling just isn’t quite right. That’s when you need to turn away and find somewhere else.

It’s also important to ask the right questions. Uncover what the repair shop suggests for brake repair. What are they quoting? Have you shopped around? Have they taken a thorough look at your vehicle with care?

3. What causes brake damage?

When cruising down hills, you might hear your driving instructor in your ear saying “pump the brakes – pump the brakes”, and it’s true. Riding your brakes can have destructible damage to your vehicle. Driving on roads with plenty of hills, sharp turns and stop-and-go will also damage your brake pads and other system components.

Be nice to your vehicle, and it will in turn pay you back – with limited repair bills, damage costs and more.

When it comes to brakes, the performance of this vehicle component is integral to safety and security. Don’t take brake repair lightly – ensure you treat your vehicle with care. Curious about your own vehicle? Book your service appointment here.

Aug 13rd, 2017