Wear, corrosion, distortion and ABS Faults often causes brake failure within vehicles. You can expect to have to replace front discs and pads during a vehicle’s life due to daily wear but you are more likely to have to replace rear pads and discs because of corrosion.


Braking systems rely on friction to bring the vehicle to a halt. When disc brakes were first fitted to all four wheels  a small drum brake was incorporated into the centre of the rear hubs for the parking brake but in recent years as ‘discs all round’ has become commonplace, parking brake design has moved on and many now work by applying pads directly to the main discs – eliminating the need for a separate drum parking brake.

Brake Fluid Hydraulic brakes rely on the principle that you can’t compress a liquid. Under heavy braking, such as a long downhill descent, the brakes get hot and heat up the brake fluid. In extreme cases, water in the brake fluid can boil and vaporise which could be very dangerous to drive with. To ensure safety in your vehicle, brake fluid should be replaced every two years, regardless of mileage.



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