Brake and Clutch Warning Signs to Look Out For

It is very important to know the signs if your brake or clutch requires mechanical care. Both components are essential for the safety and performance of your vehicle, if it’s not working accurately it should be assessed. Whether you drive a Ford, Toyota, or Mazda – it doesn’t matter what vehicle you drive, brake pads are by far the most important things to look out for in your car. If you have issues with them, it is advisable not to drive your vehicle until you have them checked and replaced.

Brake Pads

Brake pads are essential for any car – it slows down your car and brings it to a stop. Depending on the make and model most cars typically have 4 brake pads. Once you put your foot on the brake pedal, brake fluid is released towards your brake callipers which presses your brake pads against your brake disk. Repeating this process daily when driving causes your brake pads to wear away after some time. Overall, brake pads are one of the main components that slow down your car once you put your foot on the pedal. It is essential that your brakes pads and brake fluid are accurately checked and serviced on a regular basis. If you plan a lengthy journey, you should also make the effort to do a check to make sure your brakes are in good condition.


A clutch is found in manual vehicles and controls the connections between the shaft that comes from the engine and the shaft that turns your steering wheel. It is a vital part of a car’s equipment as the engine generates power all the time and has parts that constantly rotate. If your foot is pressing down on the clutch pedal, there is a set of springs that keep a pressure plate pushed up against the clutch plate. A clutch that is performing in top condition will provide smooth transitions between gears and help lower the use of brakes and makes the most of fuel efficiency. The clutch is an important factor when considering how easy or difficult it is to drive the car. Hard driving or misuse can significantly reduce the lifespan of a clutch. Another thing that can impact the longevity of your clutch is the weight of the car.

Warning Signs for Brake Pads

Brakes are the most indispensable safety feature of keeping you safe on the road. Depending on how often you use your car – your brakes should last between 15 000 and 70 000 kilometres.

Here are a few warning signs you should look out for:

  • Extreme noise when you brake
  • Scraping and grinding noises
  • A car that pulls to one side when braking
  • Leaking brake fluid
  • Burning smell while driving

Warning Signs for Clutch

The life span of your clutch depends on how smooth your car is driven. With minimal problems, your clutch can last more than 100 000 kilometres. Just like anything we use a lot – your clutch will wear off depending how much you drive.

Here are a few warning signs you should look out for:

  • An unusual feeling under your clutch pedal
  • Burning smells
  • Strange rumbling noises
  • Squealing noises
  • Quality when changing gears
  • Your clutch slips

If you have noticed any of the above it is important that you take your car to be checked by a specialist immediately. Most problems with brakes can be remedied easily if they are checked straightaway. Leaving it unchecked will only make matters worse.

At Astro Brake, we specialise in brake and clutch replacement and repairs. Our expert technicians use the latest equipment and quality parts for your vehicle make and models. To speak to one of our brake and clutch specialists you can call us.

We are based in Boksburg and are able to service everyone in the East Rand Area. Don’t take chances with your brakes. If you are in any doubt about your brakes, come to us and get them checked while you wait. We offer a speedy brake repair service. Contact us: 0118267000, Email: info@astrobrake.co.za.


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