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Brakes worn out? Are Yours? Free Test HAC Rockhampton

Brake pads changed and a brake system inspection regularly can help you get the most life out of all its parts and avoid expensive preventable brake repairs.

Are You Driving With Worn Brakes?

Few things are more embarrassing than pulling up to a stoplight with your brakes squealing loudly. While worn brake pads can be pretty annoying, they may also produce more severe side effects than gaining everyone’s attention at the intersection! Here are four things that can happen when you drive with worn brakes:


You can damage the brake rotors and calipers

1. Your car’s brakes are a closely-connected system of moving parts, and when one component is damaged, the wear can trickle down into other components.

For example, when your brake pads wear down past a certain point, you can risk damaging the brake rotors. When you brake, the brake pads squeeze the rotor to stop your car. However, when the pads are excessively worn, exposed metal on the pads grinds against the rotors every time you brake, producing a grinding noise and likely damaging the rotors.

Additionally, the heat generated from the metal-on-metal grinding that happens when worn pads squeeze the rotor can also warp and crack the rotor. Typically, brake rotors outlast the brake pads. However, not getting your brake pads replaced can damage these parts, requiring more frequent repairs.

Getting your brake pads changed and your brake system inspected regularly can help you get the most life out of all its parts and avoid expensive and preventable brake repairs.

The first step to rectify these problems is to machine the friction surface of the rotor thus returning the contact surface to its original state. By doing this you give your new pads the best possible opportunity to “bed in” correctly and provide you with the most effective brakes.

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Your brakes may have a slow response time

2. The more worn down your brakes become the harder it can be for them to slow and stop your vehicle (depending on how the pad wears). If you think your brakes are worn, it’s essential to pay attention to their response time. If you’re driving with worn brakes that are glazed, it may feel like you have to push the brake pedal down harder to stop.

Other side effects of driving on glazed brakes include longer stopping distances, brake slipping, and your car pulling to one side when you brake. The latter can occur when the brake pads do not engage or disengage the rotor as designed, and the pads aren’t able to grip both sides uniformly, causing drifting or slipping when you brake.

Manufacturers offer a wide range for the effective “life” of their brake pads, typically between 40,000 and 65,000 kilometres. But the way you drive will have a big impact on brake pad wear. If you want to get the most life out of your brake pads revise your driving style.

Your car vibrates when braking

3. When your brake system is in good working order, your vehicle should brake smoothly. But when your brake pads are excessively worn or the brake rotors become damaged, they can send vibrations throughout your car. If the car shakes or the steering wheel vibrates when you brake and stops when you let off the brake pedal, there’s a good chance it’s time to have your brakes serviced.

It can wear down your tyres

4. Believe it or not, driving with worn down brakes can actually wear your tyres down, too! When you drive with worn out brake pads, rotors, or calipers, you may find yourself slamming on the brake pedal more often to slow or stop the car.

All this hard braking can wear your tyres down quicker or cause them to become unbalanced, leading to uneven tyre wear. Taking care of your brakes also means taking care of your tyres!
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Bottom Line: Don’t Drive With Worn Brakes

Stop by for a free brake check. Experienced brake technicians will check your brake pads, calipers, rotors, wheel cylinders, and so much more! If your brakes need repair, you’ll be taken care of promptly with the best brake parts and be back on the road with brakes you can rely on. Fixed Right, Priced Right, Right on Time. That’s Highway Auto Brakes Complete Auto Care.

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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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