They may not be something you think about very often, but your vehicle’s brakes are critical to your safety and should always be in top working condition. If your brake pedal, steering wheel or the entire vehicle shakes, vibrates or pulsates when the brakes are applied, then the disc brake rotors may need resurfacing. More serious problems such as a loose component or a faulty steering mechanism can also cause vibration. Vibration or pulsating is a definite sign that you need to have your vehicle inspected.
Brakes should operate with a minimal amount of noise. Some noise is normal, but excessive squeal, screech, grinding or groaning means that your brakes need attention. Using the wrong formulation of brake pad for your driving style can also cause noise in your brakes due to the brakes operating outside of the brake pads heat range.
Bendix advises that, depending on the application, brake pads should last anything from 15,000 to 70,000 kilometres. If you feel that your brake pads are wearing out prematurely you may need to use a more suitable brake pad. The key to selecting the right brake pad for your car and to achieving efficient braking is matching your driving style and vehicle type with the right brake pad formulation. The main cause of premature wear is high temperatures. Steep terrain, towing of heavy loads and constant braking all increase braking temperatures and reduce the life of brake pads.
All brake pad manufacturers recommend that rotors be machined as a routine part of every brake job. Rotor thickness variation and surface irregularities can lead to brake noise and vibration. Even very small irregularities, difficult to detect without precision workshop instruments, can cause serious brake shudder. Machined rotors ensure your brakes operate smoothly and quietly. At McGrath Automotive we machine brake rotors in house, this ensures that we have control over the quality of the work throughout the entire job.
At McGrath Automotive we do not limit ourselves to supplying only one brand of brakes, brands we use include QMF, DBA, PBR, RDA and Bendix. We do this to ensure you get the brake components that are best suited to your vehicle and driving conditions, increasing the life and efficiency of your brakes.
Call and book a date for a brake service and inspection or any brake repairs, to give you piece of mind that your car is a safe as possible.