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Brakes - Auto Service | Maroochydore - Sunshine Coast

Brakes

Its all very well making your vehicle run better and go faster, but in our opinion the most important component is the brakes. Neglecting the braking system is effectively gambling with your safety and that of other drivers and your passengers. Do you have your brakes checked regularly? Visit Suncoast Car Care, your local brake specialist, soon to ensure that your car's braking system is kept in the best possible condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long should my brakes last?

Obviously this comes down to the vehicle type, driver type and driving conditions. On the Sunshine Coast we can expect Brake pads to typically last anything between 20,000 and 75,000 kilometres. Vehicle manufactures often place an indicators on the brake pad to give a warning when the material is getting Low, although ideally this point should never be reached. If your brake pads are wearing prematurely it may be that you're driving down hills a lot, towing a lot of weight, or simply a lot of town driving. This results in a increase in brake wear reducing the brake pads life span.

2. Sometimes my Brakes are noisy, why's this?

Brake noise is not normal if you have had regular brake servicing carried out and is generally a maintenance issue. Squealing, screeching, graunching, or hammering is a fair indication that you braking system should receive immediate attention. This can often be caused by major brake material failure or simply a bad case of wear on your brake discs.

3. I get a vibration when braking. What should I do?

If the brake pedal, steering wheel or the entire vehicle shakes, vibrates or pulsates when the brakes are applied, then the disc brake rotors may need resurfacing. More serious problems such as a loose component or a faulty steering mechanism can also cause vibration.

When there is bad vibration under braking, this is an indication that the brake discs will either need machining or replacement. With the cost of brake discs coming down at the moment we often take a view of replacement if the wear of the original disc is getting close to the minimum. Sometimes serious suspension and steering component faults can cause this type of vibration.

4. Who's brake pads should I have fitted to my car?

At Suncoast Car Care when have a variety of different brake components manufacturers that we can choose from to replace your OEM brakes. We can match a Brake pad material to suit your particular driving pattern of driving conditions in which the vehicle is most frequently used.

Shown in the diagrams are some common braking problems.

PEDAL LOW

There is too much travel in the brake pedal, nearly touching the bulkhead

STEERS

The Car steers itself under braking

SCREECH

Excessive screech, graunching or hammering means your brakes need attention

GRIPPING

Brakes can bind with the slightest touch of the pedal

WARNING LIGHT

The hand brake is on, or a problem in the Hydraulic components

SHAKING

The brake pedals pulsates, the steering shakes or both