Do My Brakes Need Replacing?

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Knowing when your vehicle's brakes or pads need replacing or serving is crucial for road safety. If you're hearing unusual noises or experiencing changes in pedal responsiveness, it might be time to give your brakes some attention. Here are some key signs to watch for, whether they need replacing, servicing, or repairing.

Squealing or Grinding Noises

One early sign that your brakes need attention is unusual noises. If you hear a squealing sound when you press the brake pedal, it often means that the brake pads are wearing low or are already worn out. This noise is usually caused by a small piece of metal known as a brake squealer or a brake wear indicator. These metal tabs protrude when the brake pad thickness reaches an unsafe level. Hearing this sound clearly indicates that it's time to replace your brake pads.

If the noise shifts to a more grinding sound, this could suggest that the brake pads have worn down completely, causing the callipers and discs to rub against each other. This can seriously reduce braking efficiency and requires immediate attention.

Changes in Brake Pedal Response

The responsiveness of the brake pedal can also change. If the pedal feels spongy, or you must press harder or further to stop the car, it may indicate an issue with the brake lines or fluid. Conversely, if the pedal is very hard, there might be a blockage or a problem with the brake servo. In both scenarios, having a professional look at your brakes is prudent. Red Garage Cardiff can certainly assist with this.

Alignment Issues?

Does your vehicle pull to one side when braking? This may be a sign of uneven wear or an issue with the fluid in the braking system. It may impact the vehicle's overall control and should not be ignored.

Wear and Tear on Brake Pads

Red Garage can check your brakes for you during annual servicing or when in for a repair. Regular inspection of brake pads and discs can prevent more significant issues. Many vehicles allow for brake pad inspection without removing the wheels. If the pad is thinner than 1/4 inch (about 6 mm), it's time to get it changed. Ignoring thin brake pads can lead to more expensive repairs.

Dash: Brake Light

There are brake warning lights on your dashboard (in most vehicles). If your vehicle's brake warning light illuminates, it is a clear sign of an issue with your braking system. It could be an ABS malfunction, wear indication, fluid levels, or an electrical fault.

It is essential to get this checked by a mechanic. Our fully qualified mechanics at Red Garage Cardiff would be more than happy to check over your vehicle.

Warped Discs

Vibrations or pulsating sensations through the brake pedal or steering wheel can signify warped discs. This can be caused by excessive or hard braking, like in hilly areas. Warped discs cause uneven braking and significantly reduce the effectiveness of the brakes.

Brake Repair & Service in Cardiff

At Red Garage Cardiff, we understand the importance of a safe and reliable braking system. Our experienced mechanics are here to help with all your brake repair and replacement needs.

Don't ignore the signs—if you notice any of these issues, it's time to book your car in. Your safety on the road is our top priority.

Regular maintenance is vital to ensure your safety on the road. Don't hesitate to contact us today to schedule a check-up or service.

Interim Service

From £99

OEM quality and correct grade oil & filter + a health check

Full Service

From £129

Oil Service and Air Filter + health check.

Major Service

From £189

Full Service + Fuel Filter (Diesel) / Pollen Filter (Petrol)
Comprehensive inspection & Plug-in diagnostics/Fault Code Read

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