Brake Repairs and Brake Maintenance Services
As part of our brake maintenance services, upon your arrival at Astro Brake & Clutch, we inspect your brake discs and brake pads to determine the extent of any wear and tear. The brake discs are checked for their minimum specification and smooth, even surface. The brake pads need to have a specific amount of space between them and the disc. This spacing increases over time as the brake pads become worn. Once we have checked the brake pads and discs we then proceed with the brake repairs or brake maintenance services. Also, provide brake booster repair services.
We also check your back wheels’ drum brake system. Drum brake systems work on the premise of using friction to stop your car. But it uses different components: a drum (instead of a disc) and a component called a shoe (instead of a pad). When you step on your brake pedal, the shoe expands outwards to stop the drum from rotating. Whereas the pad presses inwards against the brake disc.
But even if your car has the newer system of brake discs and brake pads for both the front and back wheels, you will still be catered for.
The Importance of Brake Fluid
The brakes function in part as a hydraulic system so the condition of the brake fluid heavily influences how they work. The brake fluid is what removes you from the equation of having to exert heavy force when stopping, and instead it allows you to be able to stop a moving car with a just a little pressure with your foot.
As part of our brake maintenance services we inspect the brake fluid when your car drives into our workshop. It is necessary to keep in mind that brake fluid deteriorates because of its ability to draw moisture. The more water the brake fluid has extracted from the air, the faster it corrodes and loses its properties as a good hydraulic fluid.
One of these necessary properties is low viscosity. This allows the fluid to move quickly when you put your foot on the pedal. If the fluid is too thick, it will affect the reaction time of your brakes. The colour of the fluid also indicates whether your brake fluid needs changing or not. If it looks black it may need replacing. If the brake fluid is determined to not be in a good state, we conduct what is known as a ‘brake bleed’ which is mechanic speak for basically just replacing the old fluid with new fluid.
Check Your Brakes
When Last Did You Check Your Brake?
Problems can occur when you least expect them. When it comes to your car’s brakes and safety, you cannot afford to put it off to a more a convenient time. It is critical to get your brakes checked right away. We’ve developed our Quick Fit service specifically to cater to this need. For your convenience we fit your car’s brakes quickly while you wait, making the drive to your next destination a secure and more relaxed one.
Signs that your brakes need replacing, if:
- you hear a noise when you step on the brake pedal (typically sounding like a high-pitched screech or grinding metal)
- the car runs out of brake fluid more frequently than normal
- there are vibrations emitting from the brake pedal when you step on it
- your car experiences a pulling force to the left or right whenever you brake
Brake Disc Skimming
How Does Brake Skimming Work?
Imperfections on the surface of your brake disc are a safety hazard. Disc skimming serves as an alternative to purchasing a new brake disc by reviving the disc’s surface. It is not expensive and therefore is an ideal option for fixing minor issues on the friction area of the disc. The skimming technique uses a specialised machine that attaches to the hub around the disc, and then rotates it while smoothing it – it’s an automatic process that happens within minutes.
But before skimming, it is essential to first ensure that the disc has no major damage or wear but is still usable or thick enough according to standard safety requirements.
Brake discs can be skimmed when: the surface is rusty, there’s a shudder or squeal when braking, or when the brake pedal feels spongy instead of firm.
Contact us today for our brake maintenance services.