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Brake FAQ's

Working brakes save lives

Brake repairs are what many people discuss when it comes to being safe, but considering brake maintenance is much more vital to your safety. Properly maintained brakes shouldn't need repairs. Brakes with poor maintenance affect your ability to stop swiftly and safely, putting lives at risk. Regular brake maintenance means that you can be confident that your brakes will be working correctly when you need it most; in an emergency! When it comes to Brake Maintenance, you should never take a risk. If you're not sure if you're brake maintenance is 100% - call Peter Mann Automotive today.

Brake pads

Your brake pads are a vital factor of your braking system and they are a part that you you shouldn't neglect. Brake pads compress against your brake rotors to create friction which causes your car to stop. Which means brake pads work really hard, really often. The force needed to pull up a moving vehicle is huge and creates a lot of heat that causes wear on the brake pads. Worn brake pads means impaired braking which is dangerous for you and others. And so regular testing and inspection of your brake pad's condition is crucial.

Are there signs my brake pads need replacing?

Squealing brakes can be an indicator that your brake pads are wearing thin; many pads have a small metal piece embedded in them which scrapes on the disc when your brake pads are getting thin, causing that high pitch noise. However, you should never wait until you hear noises to get your pads looked, we recommend having your brakes inspected at every service.

It is important to remember that noisy brakes are not only caused by normal wear and any unusual noises anywhere in your car should always be investigated by a qualified professional mechanic.

At Peter Mann Automotive we offer a free 65 Point Vehicle Inspection Report with every car service. As part of our Vehicle Inspection Report we inspect the brake pads for wear and inform you if they require replacing. We can also advise the right pad for your driving conditions.

How regularly should my brake pads be replaced?

Brake Pads can last anywhere between 15,000 to 70,000 km's. This can vary because of a number of causes such as; driving conditions, driving style, if you are carrying heavy loads or towing. If your brake pads are wearing out ahead of time your mechanic might advise using a special heavy duty brake pad more suited to your vehicle.

Can I do my own brake pad replacement?

Some things are best left to trained technicians and this is one of them. You should never let anyone but a qualified professional touch something as important to your safety as your braking system.

Peter Mann Automotive are qualified to perform a wide range of brake services and repairs using quality parts, all covered by our nationwide warranty.

We can provide inspection, repair or replacement of many brake components such as:

  • Brake pads
  • Brake Drums
  • Brake Calipers
  • Brake Rotors
  • Brake Hoses/Clips/Springs
  • Wheel Cylinders
  • Wheel Bearings
  • Master Cylinders

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