Defective brakes cause hundreds of road accidents in the UK each year. While most drivers appreciate the importance of arranging a professional brake service once there is a problem, identifying an issue before it puts your safety at risk is another altogether.
As a driver, staying responsive to subtle changes in the car’s performance and comfort can help you stay on top of various servicing issues. If you notice any of the following symptoms with your vehicle, you should investigate the brakes ASAP.
Other possible symptoms include spongy and soft brakes or particularly bumpy braking experiences. Once you notice a problem, a quick response is necessary.
If you feel that there is an issue with your brakes, it’s important to test both the brakes and the pads. To inspect the disc brake, you should check that the face is still shiny with only small visible lines. Any clear grooves and loss of shine suggest that the disc has been damaged by general wear and tear. It needs replacing.
The brake pads facing the disc should be at least 1/8” in thickness. If they have been worn beyond this point, you should replace them ASAP. If you cannot see your brakes properly, you may need to remove the wheel before completing the visual inspection.
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