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What you get with Free Brake Check HAC Brakes Rockhampton


If your car doesn't stop as well as it used to, is making some strange noises or the steering wheel shudders when you brake, get your free brake inspection

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Depending on your preferences and observations, our technicians may test drive your car to observe all symptoms firsthand? A test drive is their chance to experience any sounds or smells you pointed out, document anything that seems abnormal, and get a general idea of what’s going on. They’ll check the brake lights for proper operation as well.

 

The Full Rundown on Free Brake Checks.


A lot more goes into a free brake inspection at Highway Auto Care than many people are aware. From start to finish, our technicians meticulously examine every aspect of your vehicle’s braking system. After all, “You can build the best engine, but if you can’t stop it, then it’s scrap metal.”

1. Test Drive Depending on your preferences and observations, our technicians may test drive your car to observe all symptoms firsthand. A test drive is their chance to experience any sounds or smells you pointed out, document anything that seems abnormal, and get a general idea of what’s going on. They’ll check the brake lights for proper operation as well.

2. Visual Inspection Following the test drive, a technician will lift the car’s hood for a visual inspection of the engine area. They’ll take a look at your vehicle’s master cylinder, power booster, brake lines, vacuum hose, and combination valve. In particular, the technician will look for signs of damage or leaking fluids.

3. Brake Fluid Check. Next, comes a strip dip brake fluid test. A technician will lower a test strip into your brake fluid to diagnose its condition. These strips are similar to the pH testing strips you may have used in high school chemistry class.

A brake fluid test ensures that your vehicle’s brake fluid is in good shape and uncontaminated by other substances, and that the fluid level isn’t too low.

Why do we check brake fluid? Because brake fluid helps turn the movement of your brake pedal into the power needed to stop your vehicle. It’s also a lubricant and anti-corrosion fluid that helps to make sure your vehicle’s brake system works optimally.

4. Undercarriage InspectionAfter the under-the-hood check is complete, your vehicle is raised on a hoist. The technician inspects the undercarriage for physical damage, wear, and leaks. They also check the front brake hoses, mounting brackets, and wheel cylinders for damage or rust. Any abnormalities are documented along the way.

5. Wheel Component Check Up next is a wheel inspection. Your vehicle remains on the hoist but is lowered a bit so the technician can check wheel bearings for excessive movement and other such hazards. The technician will then remove your vehicle’s wheels to inspect the hub and lug nut holes for unsafe wear or damage.

Additionally, they’ll carefully check both caliper assemblies for a variety of issues, like rusted caliper slides and signs of leaking fluid. Brake rotors are carefully measured and checked for physical damage.

A quick note: As unfamiliar as these pieces and parts are, they each play an important role in your car’s ability to stop.

The calipers engage your brake pads. Your brake pads apply pressure to the rotor, which directly connects to each wheel. This pressure creates the friction needed to slow or stop your vehicle. When the rotor slows, so do your wheels.

6. Braking Component Assessment Then, technicians will remove your vehicle’s rear brake drums to inspect them for a variety of different problems, including cracks and hard spots. They’ll compare all findings to the manufacturer’s specifications.

The brake check concludes with a variety of detailed inspections. Wheel cylinders, pins, springs, washers, pads, the backing plate, and primary and secondary brake shoes are all inspected for damage, distortion, or abnormal wear and tear. Your e-brake and your brakes’ self-adjusting mechanism are examined for proper operation.

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Give Your Brakes the Checkup They Deserve.


Whether you’re well versed in the language of auto care or most of this information sounds foreign, you can rest easy knowing that our brake inspections are thorough and our technicians are experts. It’s our goal to keep you safe on the road and safety shouldn’t come at a high price. That’s why our brake checks are entirely free, and our brake services are affordable. Schedule an appointment today for a free brake check at Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton.

Maintaining a proper speed for your vehicle type, giving yourself adequate distance to stop, and not slamming the brakes can help keep your brake system running as it should for longer. Additionally, it’s a good idea to have your brakes, tyres, and suspension systems inspected regularly to catch any minor issues before they turn into major problems!
 
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Help your brake pads last longer


1.) Slow Down Driving fast goes with braking fast, a reaction like melting butter. That fast braking generates a lot of friction, which increases wear on your brake pads and shortens their lifespan. Driving fast also burns more fuel, so it’ll wear out your wallet too!

2.) Don’t Ride Your Brakes Heading down a steep hill? Don’t push the brake pedal all the way down. Instead, downshift (if you drive a manual) if you want to slow your roll and work on perfecting the art of coasting (if you drive an automatic).

3.) Lose Some Weight Shed extra pounds, if possible. Driving around with a heavy load means your brake pads have to work harder to stop your vehicle. Sometimes you can’t avoid this, like when you’re driving around with friends or moving furniture. Other times, though, you can avoid it! Removing anything from your trunk, backseat, and/or roof cargo carrier that you don’t need can help give your brakes a much-deserved break. Less weight means you will improve fuel economy, too!

4.)Use “Engine Braking” When you see that you’ll have to brake shortly, whether from a red light or heavy traffic, take your foot off the accelerator. Doing this disengages the engine and lightens the load on your brakes when you do eventually have to stop. “Engine braking,” as it’s called, helps slow your car without applying the brakes. This means less wear and less heat on your brake pads and brake system!

Brakes and Tyres are Your Stopping Power


Your Brakes are the most important component of your vehicle. At Highway Auto Rockhampton we offer a no obligation inspection to make sure that your brakes are working at their best.

According to a study by the NRMA, bad brakes are partially to blame for approximately 22% of crashes caused by vehicle-related conditions (second only to tyre problems, which account for 35% of such crashes).

Since crashes can severely shorten your vehicle’s lifespan (and compromise your safety), it’s vital to take care of any car issues that could heighten your risk for collisions! Get your tyres and brakes checked during a Complete Vehicle Inspection at the first sign of common tyre problems or brake issues to help you steer clear of performance problems that can affect your safety on the road.

Additionally, a complete vehicle inspection can give you a more in-depth look at your car’s inner workings, helping you make more informed service and repair decisions!

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Our team of super skilled technicians have many years of industry experience, always upskilling and offer a full range of automotive solutions combined with old-fashioned, friendly and reliable service.
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