Your brakes are one of the most important safety components of your car. Your brakes are responsible for slowing you down, stopping and preventing potential collisions. While brake pads are an essential part of your braking system there are many other components that make up a breaking system.
Your braking system also includes a brake booster, master cylinder, brake caliper, wheel cylinder, brake shoes, brake rotors (discs), brake-fluid lines, an emergency brake (or handbrake) and in newer models, an ABS control unit. It’s important that your entire brake system is checked by a car mechanic twice a year, to ensure they are working properly.
There are many signs that your cars’ braking system needs an inspection. The most obvious sign is an illuminated brake warning light, but there are others. The first is a spongy brake pedal, in other words, a brake pedal that has no firmness or goes almost to the floor when you put your foot down. Another sign is a stiff brake pedal that is extremely difficult to press down. Other tell-tale sign is a distinctive grinding or squealing sound when you push down your brake pedal. A healthy breaking system should not make noises. If you hear or feel something unusual when braking, it’s important to contact a car mechanic as soon as possible.
Too many Brisbane drivers ignore brake irregularities for too long, leading to expensive repairs that could have been avoided. If you’ve been putting off your brake servicing and need a reliable car mechanic, call J C Automotives today. We are conveniently located in Morningside, Brisbane, close to both the CBD and the suburbs of South-East Brisbane: Bulimba, Cannon Hill, Murarrie, Camp Hill and Carina. We’re open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday; Saturday by appointment only.