Why come to me for your brake service
Sometimes it's not always possible to get your vehicle booked into the service department of your franchise dealer as quickly as you need to, even when your brake warning light is on.
You may also want to check your braking system in advance of an MoT, before a long journey, or just as part of an ongoing maintenance routine.
At Terry Lomas Car Repairs I carry out a diagnostic brake inspection that can determine when you will need to replace brake components. This begins with a thorough examination of the braking system and the condition of all its components and replace any worn items, I.E. pads, discs, shoes, cylinders.
The examination includes the digital measurement of wear on brake pads, discs and drums against manufacturers' specifications. The aim is to provide the best possible advice to help you restore the condition of your braking system to as near to the manufacturer's original specification as possible.
How Brakes Work
What happens when I push my brake pedal.
The brake pedal is connected to the master cylinder located within the engine compartment. The cylinder is filled with brake fluid.
When you push down the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure is created in the master cylinder, brake fluid is pressurised along a series of brake pipes and hoses to the hydraulically activated pistons in each wheel's hub assembly that force the friction material on your pads or shoes on to rotating parts, and that's what stops your car.
Drum brakesA drum brake system consists of hydraulic wheel cylinders, brake shoes and a brake drum. When the brake pedal is applied the two curved brake shoes, which have a friction material lining, are forced by hydraulic wheel cylinders against the inner surface of a rotating brake drum. The result of this contact produces friction which enables the vehicle to slow down or stop.
Disc brakesA disc brake system consists of a brake disc, a brake caliper and brake pads. When the brake pedal is applied, pressurised hydraulic fluid squeezes the brake pad friction material against the surface of the rotating brake disc. The result of this contact produces friction which enables the vehicle to slow down or stop.
ABS and parking brakes
ABS and parking brakesThe anti-lock braking system (ABS) works by limiting, applying and releasing the pressure to any wheel that decelerates too quickly. This allows maximum stopping force to be applied without the brakes locking-up and the car skidding.
The ABS tests itself each time the ignition is turned on. If a defect is detected for whatever reason, the ABS turns itself off and the normal braking system is used on its own. The ABS warning light will inform the driver of a defect in the system.
The parking or hand brake is a lever mechanism that is applied to hold a vehicle in a parked position. It activates braking components at the rear of the vehicle's braking system.
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