Brakes

Your brakes sit quietly under your car and work without problem year in, year out. Eventually something will wear out. 

The most often replaced items are the disc pads. These stop the car by rubbing against the brake disc, the resulting friction slows the car, but the material of the pad wears down and eventually they wear out. We will only fit top brands as we do not believe that it is worth compromising  to save a few pennies.

Whilst the pad rubs against the disc it generates huge amounts of heat caused by friction. The temperature of the discs and pads routinely range between the ambient air temperature and many hundreds of degrees centigrade. The heat changes along with the rubbing of the pad material eventually causes the discs to deteriorate. Sometimes the only viable option is to replace them but on some vehicles it can be extremely cost effective to re-align the discs

Disc Brake Re-alignment

Eliminates                                                                            

  • Brake squeal.
  • Spongy pedal
  • Judder
  • Pulsing pedal

Plus extend the life of your brake discs and pads

Your brake discs and pads work extremely hard  through a wide range of temperatures and in all weather conditions. Although most people realise that the friction material on the brake pads wears away, few realise that the metal brake disc is also eroded. Fitting new pads onto a worn disc can cause hot spots on the disc, a spongy pedal, and accelerate the wear of the pads. This is because the disc will have wear ridges and grooves. These ridges and grooves prevent the pad from making a good contact and the reduced contact area causes a reduction in braking efficiency and localised hot spots.

We overcome this problem by recommending that wherever possible the brake discs are always re-aligned prior to fitting new pads. The Procut disc brake lathe is a state of the art piece of equipment that automatically sets itself using gyroscopes to ensure that the re-cut disc is perfectly aligned.

Costing from as little as 35.00 plus vat when replacing disc pads the process extends disc and pad life, eliminates brake judder, squealing and pulsing pedal. This is a safe, cost effective, and environmentally friendly method of extending brake life.

proscanpic.JPG (93475 bytes) Click on the picture to see the Procut brake lathe in use

 

Brake Fluid

It just sits there and is ignored. Yet over the years it becomes contaminated with muck and water, and the boiling point drops. Most manufacturers recommend that the brake fluid is changed on a regular basis. Unfortunately very few garages automatically carry out this work. This is false economy for a number of reasons. As already explained the friction caused by the act of braking will heat all braking components, and brake fluid that may have started life with a boiling point of many hundreds of degrees centigrade, may become so diluted with water that it boils at a much lower temperature. If this happens you will lose your brakes. Another reason for replacing fluid is simply that the contaminated fluid will cause wear and corrosion to items such as calipers. A few pounds spent here can at least save a lot more pound later on. But of course it could save your life! As part of our service regime we routinely check the boiling point of brake fluid. A service that costs you nothing but could save you a great deal.

 

 

 

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