12 December, 2018

4 Signs Your Brakes Need Some Attention

There are a couple of essentials you need in order to stop safely in your car, and whilst tyres are essential, your brakes also need some attention. But what are the signs that your brakes need some attention?


Brake pad wear

The obvious if that you need to have material left on your brake pad. If you want to see the difference between a new brake pad and one that needs replacing, check out https://www.wowwoodys.com/how-do-you-know-it-s-time-to-replace-your-brake-pads/


If you need new brake pads, get them replaced. Brake pads can be fitted from £40-£60 but if you don’t replace them, it could cause damage to other parts of your braking system including the discs, calipers and brake pipes.


Brake discs

Just like brake pads wear as you use them, brake discs wear as well. If you run your finger over the disc, you want a smooth feeling disc underneath your finger. If you feel deep ridges or grooves in the disc or if you feel a lip on the edge of the disc that feels particularly deep, then it could be a good sign that it’s time to consider replacing your discs.



Does your handbrake feel a little less effective than it did before? Are you clicking the handbrake up the ratchet further than normal? This is a sure sign that your brakes probably need some attention.


Squealing / noises

Whilst squealing and noises from your brakes could just be a bit of brake dust, it’s essential that you monitor this because squealing can also indicate that your brake pads are getting low. The easiest way to find out is to look at your brake pads to make sure there is brake pad left.


Ultimately, if you are unsure if your brakes are safe and roadworthy, then you can go to your local garage or one of the national garages for a free brake check.