It goes without
saying that brakes are a safety critical item and any problems you may encounter
will require attention immediately.
Some of the typical problems you may
experience if your brakes start to develop a fault are:
to one side
warning light on
travel on foot brake or handbrake
Warning lights - On dash
Most cars have one or two main warning lights on the dashboard. When you first
start up your car, all the lights on the dashboard should light up. This is the
bulb check; they should go out in a few seconds. If a light doesn’t go out, then
your car is alerting you of a problem. If a warning light does not come on
during the bulb check, it is telling you that you need to replace the bulb.
Brake Warning Light
If your brake warning light stays on it indicates one of the following:
handbrake is on (should go out when it is released)
lost pressure in the system
a brake fluid leak and the sensor in your brake reservoir has detected your
fluid is low
ABS Warning light
The ABS tests
itself each time the ignition is turned on. If a defect is detected for whatever
reason, the ABS turns itself off and the normal braking system is used on its
own. If the ABS warning light stays on (after initial start up) it is telling
the driver of a defect in the system. Not only is this dangerous but it will
prevent the car from passing its MOT.
If both warning lights illuminate at the same time when driving, stop the
vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.
Brake fluid is
hydroscopic which means it absorbs water over time and because water boils at a
much lower temperature than brake fluid it can cause the brake pedal to "go
To make matters
worse, the only time you are likely to boil your brake fluid is during a period
of prolonged braking, or in an emergency stop - not the best time for brake
With our FREE Brake
Check we test the temperature the brake fluid boils at and can advise you of its
Brake fluid is a
service item and should be changed at least every 2 years.
What is ABS (Antilock Braking System)
Stopping a car in a
hurry on a slippery road can be very challenging. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS)
take a lot of the challenge out of this sometimes nerve-wracking event. In fact,
on slippery surfaces, even professional drivers can't stop as quickly without
ABS as an average driver can with ABS.
The ABS System has
sensors on each of the wheels that relay information back to the ABS computer to
tell it if a wheel is just about to start skidding. When the ABS system is in
operation you will feel a pulsing in the brake pedal; this comes from the rapid
opening and closing of the valves. This allows maximum stopping force to be
applied without the brakes locking-up and the car skidding.
We provide a no
obligation 15 point brake check and report.
To see or print a
copy of our Brake Service Check Sheet [CLICK HERE]
The result of the
examination is recorded on a written brake report together with the cost of any
work (if required)
All quotations are
based on this examination.
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