STOP! When was the last time you had your brake system inspected?

We all tend to take the brakes for granted, we press the pedal and the car stops. For most people that’s all there is to it but, just like any other part on your car, brakes wear out and need servicing.

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If you have ever wondered why it’s important to keep your brake system in a top working order consider this: the only thing stopping the 2-tonne steel ball that is your car is a pedal, a master cylinder, a bunch of hoses and two pads no bigger than a palm of your hand squeezing a spinning rotor on each of the wheels.

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Now imagine how much force is needed to stop that 2-tonne steel ball while it’s hurling forward at just 60kph. That is why it is of utmost importance that every single component of your braking system is always in a good working order.

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The most common misconception about brakes is that the only parts ever needing replacing are the brake pads. While it’s true that the pads are the most frequently replaced components, other things like the brake fluid, disc rotors and the brake lines also need to be checked on a regular basis.

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A crack in a brake line will cause a leak and consequently a loss of hydraulic pressure in the system. A warped or unevenly worn rotor will cause vibration and reduce braking efficiency. Even the master cylinder is subject to wear and tear.

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Most people don’t question the merits of a regular engine oil change but few consider replacing their brake fluid as necessary. Just like any other hydraulic substance, brake fluid loses its properties over time and gets polluted with debris from within the system.

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What to Look For –  The Danger Signs

Most mechanical problems manifest themselves before becoming critical. Here are some signs to watch out for.

  1. Steering wheel vibrating and/or pulling to one side during braking.
    This is a sign of warped or unevenly worn disc rotors.
  2. Scraping metallic noise while braking.
    Your pads are due for replacement.
  3. Spongy or wooden pedal feel.
    You might have a leaking brake line.
  4. Increasing braking distance/more pressure needed on the pedal.
    You need a new brake fluid and a system flush.
  5. Check Brakes warning light.
    On many modern cars a diagnostic system identifies a potential problem before it becomes dangerous.
    Get it checked out.

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Free 12-point Brake System Check with every Tunehouse Plus Service.

At Tunehouse, your safety is our priority. That’s why we offer a comprehensive, 12-point Brake System Check with every Tunehouse Plus Service. Our experienced technicians will go over your car’s brakes with a fine tooth comb and advise you of any imminent problems. They will also provide you with a suggested service schedule to ensure your car is always safe to drive.

Call us now on 02 9557-4000 or email info@tunehouse.com.au to book your next service.

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