YOU NEED TO STOP!
Your car not only needs to go, it must be able to stop safely! You need to have your brakes checked every six months to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive on the road. Apart from the fact that you may not be covered under your motor vehicle insurance policy if your brakes are faulty, it would be tragic to know that unsafe brakes may have caused injury or death.
That is why you need to have your brakes serviced by a licensed Motor Vehicle Repairer.
Brake pads convert the kinetic energy of the vehicle to thermal energy through friction. Two brake pads are contained in the brake caliper, with their friction surfaces facing the rotor. When the brakes are hydraulically applied, the caliper clamps or squeezes the two pads together onto the spinning rotor to slow/stop the vehicle. When a brake pad heats up due to contact with the rotor, it transfers small amounts of its friction material onto the disc, leaving a dull grey coating on it. The brake pad and disc (both now having the friction material), then "stick" to each other, providing the friction that stops the vehicle.
In disc brakes, there are usually two brake pads per disc rotor. These are held in place and actuated by a caliper affixed to the wheel hub or suspension upright. Most vehicles have two brake pads per caliper. However racing calipers can utilize up to six pads, with varying frictional properties in a staggered pattern for optimum performance. Depending on the properties of the material, disc wear rates may vary. The brake pads must usually be replaced regularly (depending on pad material) to prevent brake fade. Most brake pads are equipped with a method of alerting the driver when this needs to be done. A common technique is manufacturing a small central groove whose eventual disappearance by wear indicates the end of a pad's service life. Other methods include placing a thin strip of soft metal in a groove, such that when exposed (due to wear) the brakes squeal audibly and embedding a soft metal tab in the pad material that closes an electric circuit and lights a dashboard warning light when the brake pad wears thin.
If you start hearing any sounds coming from your wheels, you need to bring your vehicle in immediately.
Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid used to transfer force from the brake pedal to the wheel cylinders or brake calipers.
BRake fluid is subject to very high temperatures, and so must be kept in a pure state, free from water or other contaminants. Brake fluid is very hyrdroscopic (absorbs water), and if you have any moisture in your brake fluid, your brakes could fail.
We make sure your brakes are serviced with the correct fluid and to the highest standards.