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The importance of brake system inspections and repairs

Your brakes are the most important safety system in your vehicle. Brakes give you the ability to slow down or stop in an instant and can help you avoid a serious accident. Brakes that aren’t well maintained and regularly inspected can let you down when you need them most.

What are the most common brake system issues

The most common brake system problems include: a spongy brake pedal, a hard brake pedal, squealing sounds when braking, vibrations when braking and a persistent brake warning light. A healthy brake system should not make noises or vibrate, and should be firm when pressed, rather than soft or hard. If you hear or feel something unusual when braking, it’s important to contact your local car mechanic as soon as possible. To avoid expensive repair bills you should schedule regular services that include full brake and brake pad inspections.

What should my brake inspection include?

All brake inspections should include a test drive, so your car mechanic can test the effectiveness of your brakes firsthand. They should also conduct a visual inspection to measure your brake pad and shoe thickness to ensure they are wearing evenly and meet all required safety standards. A car mechanic will also check your rotors for hotspots, your calipers for wear, and your wheel cylinders, brake lines and master cylinder for leaks. They will also check the levels and quality of your brake fluids and ensure that your brake and anti-lock brake sensors are properly placed and routed.

Whether you’re experiencing issues with your braking, or you simply want to schedule an inspection, the team at JC Automotives can help. Based in South East Brisbane, our team of car mechanics offer full brake inspection and repair services from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.