1 Stop Performance is the leading brakes specialist based in Burton-on-Trent
When it comes to your vehicles brakes it is essential to have them inspected regularly, as they are extremely important to you and your vehicle safety. Here at 1 Stop Performance we ensure that your vehicles brakes are properly serviced and replaced when the time is right with the best branded brakes on the market, giving you peace of mind and leaving you worry free.
Why brake maintenance is important?
The brakes are fitted into vehicles for the purpose of slowing down or stopping your vehicle. Every breaking system contains a pedal or service break and a hand or parking break. The condition of these brakes is particularly important if you need to make an emergency stop, for example to prevent a crash with another vehicle or a living being. Therefore it is essential to make sure that your brakes are maintained and operating at the optimum level. Furthermore it is a legal requirement to have fully operational brakes on vehicles you own. Brakes are always tested as a part of a MOT.
Common signs of problems with brakes:
Grinding or squealing noise when braking
Grinding noise when the brakes are off
Brake pedal judders when applied
Brake pedal is high and it is hard to apply
Wheels are locking when braking
Vehicle shifts to one side upon braking
These are the most obvious signs of the problems you can have with your brakes, if your vehicle is displaying any of the symptoms from the list above we highly recommend you to bring your vehicle in for a check-up.
Brakes wear out over time, having them checked could save you time, money by preventing further damage to other components, but most importantly your life and lives of your passengers.
Braking system components:
Disc brakes include the brake disc itself, brake calliper and brake pads. It slows down the wheel rotation by the friction caused by pushing brake pads against a brake disc with a set of callipers. This helps you to slow your vehicle down or stop it completely.
A drum brake is a brake that uses friction caused by a set of shoes or pads that press against a rotating drum-shaped part called a brake drum. Many cars have drum brakes on the rear wheels and disc brakes on the front. Drum brakes have more parts than disc brakes and are harder to service, but they are less expensive to manufacture, and they easily incorporate an emergency brake mechanism.
The anti-lock braking system also known as ABS is a safety feature that prevents wheels from locking-up during sharp or emergency breaking, this helps the driver to stay in control of the vehicle and prevents it from skidding.
ABS is designed to test itself each time you start your vehicle, if a problem is detected, ABS will switch itself off and a warning light will inform driver of the problem.
Parking or hand brake is a lever mechanism that you apply to hold your vehicle in a stationary position. This brake gives you extra security while you are parked or stopping on a sloping road.
Brake fluid has a crucial role in keeping your breaks operational. It acts as a lubricant and keeps brakes from failing from the heat while braking. Brake fluid has a high boiling point which protects your car. However if it is running low or you haven’t changed your brake fluid for a long time it can deteriorate, which can potentially lead to your brakes failing.
Brake fluid is tested during your vehicles service, but vehicle manufactures recommend that you change your vehicle brake fluid every 2 years, if not already advised so before. This will prevent brakes failure and can potentially save you money and possibly your life.