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Brakes & Shocks

Brakes & Shock Absorbers

FREE BRAKE CHECK

If you are unsure about the state of your brakes, book a free brake check.
You never know what is around the corner and when you might need to stop quickly and safely. For this reason, it is essential that your car’s brakes are working as well as possible at all times.
Modern cars have brakes on all four wheels, operated by a hydraulic system. The brakes may be disc type or drum type.
Many cars have disc brakes, which are generally more efficient, at the front and drum brakes at the rear. All-disc braking systems are used on more expensive or high-performance cars, and all-drum systems on some older or smaller engine cars.
The front brakes play a greater part in stopping the car than the rear ones, because braking throws the car weight forward on to the front wheels. Therefore, front brakes normally wear out before rear brakes because they handle a higher percentage of the braking load, especially on front-wheel drive cars.
We can repair and replace most car brakes including discs, pads, calipers, hand brake cables and drums. We only use high-quality parts that we would be happy to use on our own vehicles.

SHOCK ABSORBERS

The primary job of your car’s shock absorbers is to control the movement of the springs and suspension. They absorb shocks from the bumps and potholes and keep your car riding smooth and stable.

Every car has four shock absorbers, one at each wheel. Shock absorbers also help to keep your tyres on the ground and this maintains your ability to steer, brake or drive your car.

The most common problem with shock absorbers is that they start leaking. Shock absorbers are filled with oil, and if during a regular MOT or Service inspection the mechanic notices that it is leaking, it must be replaced, as it will stop working without a sufficient level of oil.

Another problem is that a worn-out shock absorber may make a knocking noise when driving over bumps. If you are concerned about your car’s suspension, pop in and have a chat with one of our friendly, expert technicians.

Brakes & Shocks FAQs

If you hear a grinding noise or squeaking when applying the brakes
If your brake pedal vibrates underneath your foot
If your car pulls to the left or right when braking
If your brake pedal feels ‘spongy’
If your brake pedal is limp and goes all the way to the floor
If your brake warning light is on.
If your handbrake is pulling up higher than it normally does (it may need adjusting)

Brake fluid should be changed approximately every 2 years (take advantage of our reduced ‘brake fluid replacement’ offer when servicing your car)
It is obviously very dangerous if your brakes are not working properly.
Your vehicle could fail its MOT.

One of our friendly and experienced technicians will greet you on arrival and describe the brake check procedure. All visible parts of your vehicle’s braking system will be inspected fully for signs of wear and tear while you wait.
Once completed, our technician will detail the outcome of the check. If any repairs are recommended, these will be explained to you. A no-obligation quote will be provided for any work needed.

It is not necessary, but it is usually recommended to replace them in pairs, for example, both front shock absorbers or both rear shock absorbers. This is because a new shock absorber will absorb road bumps better than the old one. If you replace only one shock absorber, it may create ‘unevenness’ or an imbalance in the suspension.

– leaking fluid
– knocking noise when driving over bumps
– excess vibrations in your steering wheel while driving
– swerving or nose diving when braking
– brakes take more time to stop the car
– uneven tyre wear
– car unstable in windy conditions