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Average quote for brake repairs

Servicing your car brakes

The braking system in a car is responsible for bringing your vehicle to a safe stop when you’re driving. Wear to any of the brake components, or even failure, poses a serious threat to safety and car functionality. Your car's braking system is made up of the following components:

  • Brake discs, which spin with your car's wheels

  • Brake pads, which push on the discs to slow the car

  • Brake calipers, which hold and push the pads

  • Brake lines (or 'Hoses'), which carry Brake Fluid

  • Brake master cylinder and servo, which work to amplify the effort you use when pushing the brake pedal

Modern cars have brakes on all four wheels that are operated by a hydraulic system made up of several components, all of which are subject to stress that could result in breakage. The front brakes in a car are typically the ones which play the greater role in bringing a car to a stop because the weight of the car is thrown forward every time the vehicle slows.

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Brake repair average costs

The cost to repair brakes will vary depending on what type of repair is required and for which components, but you can expect to pay around £440.93. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar for some of the top car makes and models.

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  • Brake repairs

    The average cost of a brake repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £440.93.

    Wear or failure of the brakes requires an urgent repair. Brake repairs are a common job and often include the replacement of parts.

    Can include
    • Diagnosis
    • Brake pad replacement
    • Brake caliper repair
    • Brake fluid replacement
    • Handbrake repair
    • Brake lines repair
    • Brake disc replacement
  • Brake pads and disc change

    The average price of brake pads and disc fitting booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £439.51.

    Brake pads and discs need replacing every 25,000-60,000 miles, or if you notice an unusual noise when you brake. It's a standard job, and a professional can quickly fit your new brake pads and discs.

    Can include
    • Brake testing
    • Full brake pad and disc replacement
  • Brake fluid change

    The average cost of a brake fluid change booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £58.21. Brake fluid needs changing every two years to keep your braking system working correctly. A professional will flush out and replace your brake fluid using specialist equipment to avoid it being contaminated.

    Can include
    • Brake fluid replacement

Which brake repair service do you need?

Here are some common brake repair services offered by most garages and brake repair technicians:

Common car brake issues explained

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Top warning signs that brakes need a repair

If you suspect you need your brakes repaired but your car is still drivable, there are some symptoms which could give you clues as to what the problem is. The brakes are often the noisiest part of a car if there is an issue which means you should be able to hear a problem with them - something which cannot be said of many other broken car parts.

Check engine light switched on

If the engine warning light switches on, there are a variety of problems which could be the cause, including the master cylinder. If there is a pressure change, it could be the result of the master cylinder breaking.

Metallic grinding noise

This may be caused by worn pads. Metal will be clutching metal to stop, so the noise will not be pleasant.

Squealing brakes

This will lead to extensive damage of the linings, drums and rotors. The noise may just mean that a stone or debris got stuck in between the brake caliper and the brake pad, though this is rare.

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Fading of low brake pedal

This can be caused by three issues: leakage in the system, air getting into the brake linings or a need to adjust the brake.

Pulling to one side

This happens when you either have a damaged brake line, worn brake linings or uneven linings. If the brakes are dragging, this is likely because contaminated fluid is in the system or the brakes are not being adjusted properly.

Abnormal brake behaviour

If the brake pedal feels spongy or is slow to sink to the floor, there is a good chance that the master cylinder is to blame.

Contaminated brake fluid

If the rubber seals on a master cylinder break down over time, the debris and lack of effectiveness of the part will result in the contamination of brake fluid, which turns dark brown or black.

Common brake problems

  • Loss of fluid

  • Snapped belt

  • Worn pump

  • Air in the system

  • Clog in the system

Are brake repairs necessary?

It is recommended that you book your vehicle in with a trusted garage should you notice any warning signs that your brakes are faulty.

It is not advisable to continue driving with failing brakes because they are a major safety feature and poor brakes limit your control over the vehicle, increasing the chances of an accident. Therefore, at the first sign of a problem, visit a garage as soon as possible.

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How do I know when my brakes need changing?

Some warning signs that your brakes need attention for brake repair or brake replacement include:

  • Squeaking or squealing sounds coming from the brakes indicate brake pad replacement is needed

  • Brake light comes on dashboard

  • Deep grinding metallic sounds when applying brakes indicate brake disc replacement

  • Vibrating brake pedal

  • When a mechanic tells you the brake pads are less than a quarter inch thick

How much do brake repairs cost?

On average you can expect to pay around £440.93 for a brake repair when booked through WhoCanFixMyCar. However, the cost will vary depending on the make and model of your car, as well as the labour time needed to carry out the repair.

Should you replace all four brake pads at once?

Every car has brake pads on each of its wheels, so there are four in total. Most mechanics will recommend replacing brake pads in the front or brake pads in the rear at the same time to keep things even. If one brake pad on the front axle is replaced, then it is better to have the second front brake pad on the same axle replaced.

Do front or rear brakes last longer?

On average, rear brake pads tend to last longer because most cars are front wheel drive, so the front brake pads work harder to help slow the car down first.

Can brakes work without brake fluid?

Brakes need brake fluid to run efficiently. The fluid is pushed through your brake lines in order to work optimally.

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