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The brake system enables the car to come to a safe stop and is made up of many components, most importantly the brake pads and discs.

These wear down naturally overtime, making a replacement inevitable. The job is relatively inexpensive and straightforward, but necessary for safety.

If you don’t need a replacement you can access brake repairs and have your suspension inspected as it is often impacted by brake problems.

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Top garages for Brake Pads and Discs (12,884 found)
ASJ Mobile Mechanic
424 Jobs Completed
Bracknell
4.9 / 5

Welcome to ASJ Mobile Mechanic. Myself (Jay) and fellow mechanic Allen have over 35 years experience combined in delivering quality repairs on all makes and models of cars. We are here to deliver you with a friendly, efficient, reliable service whether you are at home or work.

We operate over across a large area of London, Middlesex, Berkshire and Surrey.

Card payments accepted!

Elite MOT Station
11 Jobs Completed
Derby
5.0 / 5

Elite MOT Station offer a wide range of vehicle repairs and servicing for cars and vans in the heart of Sinfin, Derby.

We pride ourselves on our honest and reliable approach to car repair.

Elite Auto Centres are a DVSA approved MOT test station and can MOT cars (class 4), and vans (class 7) vehicles on site. We pride ourselves on offering a fair MOT for a fair price.

Based on Sinfin Commercial Park, we are located within easy reach of Allenton, Alvaston, Chellaston, Littleover, Mickleover, Normanton, Shelton Lock, Sinfin, and Stenson Fields.

Wyatt's Automotive
118 Jobs Completed
Essex
4.9 / 5

Here at Wyatt's Automotive we are a team of fully qualified, Main dealer trained technicians who specialise in Audi, VW, SEAT and Skoda vehicles. That said, We have such a vast array of year's experience working on all makes and models that no job is too big or too small for us to tackle! We offer our customers a main dealer level of service, As well as top specialist equipment and technology, At independent prices. We operate from fully kitted out mobile vans, So we can bring the garage to you. Offering to service or repair your vehicle at a time and place to suit you, Meaning you can have the repair carried out at home or work so as not to inconvenience you in any way.

We are more than happy to show you parts removed, Explain faults found and why the repair was necessary, As well as showing you what you might need to look out for next time.

Despite being a relatively new business, We hope you will take a chance on us and let us help get your vehicle road worthy again. If you need any advice or help please get in contact as we are always here to help. We cover Essex and Kent.

George mobile mechanic
21 Jobs Completed
london
5.0 / 5

Hi My Name is Dorde Gasparovic. Commonly called as "George" by many. I own a garage in HA97NE. My garage is located 6 minutes walk from North Wembley Station. My business started in year 2016 and been working as a mobile mechanic for more than 15 years. I specializes in diagnosing and repairing all aspects of auto repair issues from brakes, starters, axles, fuel systems, electrical systems, to head gaskets, intakes, timing belts and exhaust work and body work. My mobile number isand my email address is [email protected] Our garage is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 2pm during Saturday. In George Mobile Garage we value your car repair needs:-)

Continental Motors
1022 Jobs Completed
Leicester
4.8 / 5

Family run independent garage est 1987. Honest & trustworthy helpful staff. Highly reputable garage specialising in MOT's & Servicing/Repairs for all your passenger and light commercial vehicles throughout Leicestershire.

All other repairs undertaken also, including: clutches, brakes, steering & suspension, diagnostics/fault finding, batteries, exhausts, welding, timing belts, light bodywork, Air con servicing & re-gas and 4 wheel computerised alignment to all makes and models.

We are your local Official Brembo Brake Specialist Garage.. Ensuring you the highest quality Brembo Brakes at great prices!

We are very proud to announce that we we have been awarded the best garage in the East Midlands!!

Suit all budgets, one year parts warranty on all new parts with customer satisfaction guaranteed!

Rivus Fleet Solutions - York
3 Job Completed
York,
5.0 / 5

Rivus, formerly known as BT Fleet, is the UK’s largest fleet management company with a network of fully-accredited and manufacturer-approved garages throughout the UK. Our garages are responsible for working on some of the largest fleets in the country – and they’re open to you too. Our qualified technicians have the skills and equipment to do whatever is needed to keep your vehicle moving, including servicing, maintenance, repairs and MOTs. We have a have a long history of providing award-winning services at the most competitive prices, together with network of trusted suppliers so your vehicle will only be fitted with parts of highest quality. We’re ready to help you.

Mr Tyre - Cannock
91 Jobs Completed
Cannock
5.0 / 5

Whether you’re in need of tyres, MOTs or car servicing, throughout Central England you can rely on Mr Tyre to meet all your needs. Since 1971, we’ve been the premier car garage of choice for drivers across the country, and now you too can benefit from our expertise and friendly services.

Mr Tyre are an independent business, meaning we’re able to find and offer to you the very best deals on vehicle products. We aim to provide the highest quality products and services at the most competitive prices. As such, you can rest assured that our top priority will be your complete satisfaction and peace of mind.

Steins Garage Edinburgh
546 Jobs Completed
Edinburgh
5.0 / 5

Craig Stein Kindly requests that you check our Reviews on this fab website & on Google.(Check Daniels Google Review) Dated 11th December!

Frosts Cars - Shoreham-by-Sea
233 Jobs Completed
Shoreham-by-Sea
4.5 / 5

For over 65 years Frosts Cars Ltd have been caring for vehicles and assisting the motoring needs of Sussex. Still a family run business, our Service Centres in Chichester and Shoreham-by-Sea are equipped to Service, MOT and Repair your vehicle. With expert technicians and the latest equipment, you can rest assured your car is in safe hands. Offering free collection and delivery, while you wait appointments or a courtesy car, we make your experience with us as convenient as possible. That’s why when our customers were asked to independently review us by Judge Service, over 97% said they would recommend us to their family and friends.

Formula One Autocentres - West Quay
108 Jobs Completed
Southampton
3.9 / 5

Established in 1974, Formula One Autocentres set out with a mission to deliver a completely new fast-fit experience to its customers. This would feature clean, modern premises, high-tech equipment and highly trained technicians; far removed from the kind of service normally associated with the industry.

Forty years down the line, we have grown to become one of the UK’s largest independent autocentre chains. The business remains family owned and continues to uphold its original commitment to delivering the highest quality service at the most competitive prices.

That commitment has proved incredibly popular with motorists, creating many thousands of loyal customers who continue to put their trust in Formula One Autocentres.

As a result, the company has gone from strength to strength, currently boasting over 85 state-of-the-art branches across England, with over 500 highly trained staff working seven days a week to provide a full range of services including tyres, exhausts, batteries, brakes, clutches, MOT's and servicing.

We remain resolutely independent, and as a family owned business, avoid being tied down to any single manufacturer or supplier. This gives us the freedom and flexibility to offer the biggest deals on the widest possible range of top branded products, making the company a viable, attractive and cost-effective alternative to both the big national chains and smaller local independent outlets. Quite simply, Formula One Autocentres provides cost-conscious motorists with the most reliable and affordable means of maintaining their vehicles.

We defend our position at the forefront of the fast-fit industry by constantly evolving and developing innovative new products and services to meet the ever-changing demands of our customers. With an ongoing expansion programme and by regular investment in technology, we continue to provide unbeatable fast-fit service along with the very best value prices. In fact, we can confidently claim that no other company is better equipped to face the motoring challenges of the future.

Brackmills MOT Centre LTD.
90 Jobs Completed
Northampton
4.7 / 5

Welcome to Brackmills MOT Centre Northampton, we provide a state of the art Mot testing service that is quick, efficient and very accurate giving you peace of mind that once you are presented with your pass certificate, your vehicle is in optimum Ministry Of Transport regulations condition.

We also provide high standards of services including diagnostics, exhausts, brakes, servicing, wheel alignment, suspension, clutches, air conditioning and a fast reliable tyre fitting service,

All work carried out comes with 12 months / 12,000 miles guarantee with ourselves, we also offer free courtesy cars (when available) if needed.


Brackmills MOT Centre Northampton offer beneficial services that can save you time and money!

Triple M Mechanic
724 Jobs Completed
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4.6 / 5

We are mobile Mechanics based in and around North and west London

Delivering quality repairs and customer service is always the top of our list so you can rest assured that you are left with a reliable and safe vehicle to drive. From clutch replacements to unusual knocking noises, we can diagnose your vehicle issues using the latest equipment and a vast amount of knowledge.

We offer excellent workmanship at affordable prices at the location of your choice.

Whether you are at work or home, we can carry out many repairs and services from gaskets to timing belts wherever you are. Having undergone thorough training in addition to many years of experience in the trade, we deliver the same level of excellence to every customer whether they are new or existing.

All our parts are sourced from a well known, reputable supplier.

See our 5* reviews!

Fife Autocentre - Dundee
352 Jobs Completed
Dundee
4.8 / 5

Fife Autocentre has since 1993, become a household name and is now established as Fife's leading dealer and distributor of tyres, brakes, servicing, MOT’s, batteries, exhausts and much more. During this time Fife Autocentres has built on its reputation with a range of new products and services, expanding its field of expertise in to the repair and replacement of brakes, suspension, shock absorbers and battery systems, not to mention air conditioning recharge and stainless steel exhausts.

Fife Autocentre now offers a complete air conditioning recharge service, operated on a drive-in basis. The process can also include a system de-bug to clear bacterial build up from within the system, which will remove any unpleasant odours.

Fife Autocentre is the Fife's largest chain of car servicing specialists and VOSA - approved MOT testing centres. Furthermore, for motorists interested in proactively maintaining their vehicles between service intervals, Fife Autocentre offers an Oil Service.

When it comes to getting a little extra power from your car’s performance there’s no better way to start that tuning process than with a performance exhaust. Fife Autocentre have teamed up with Longlife and can now supply and fit these high performance exhaust systems at our Glenrothes and Dunfermline branches.

To enhance our customers’ experience when they visit Fife Autocentre we provide all the little extras that make a motorist’s life easier and more comfortable. Fife Autocentre can supply window wipers, car mats, car wash & wax, air fresheners, screen wash and more.

PH & S BARRETT LTD T/A Roxby Road Garage
14 Jobs Completed
Winterton
5.0 / 5

“We are an established local independent garage and are proud to be members of Autofirst Network – a nationwide network of independent garages operating to the Network’s 6 core values of Capability, Consistency, Care, Clarity, Cost Effectiveness and Customer Focus. For your added peace of mind we are members of the Motor Ombudsman service which is approved by The Trading Standards Institute.

Am Repairs
488 Jobs Completed
Welling
4.8 / 5

Services,mot's and repairs to all makes and models.
Free collection and delivery service from home or work around our local area in DA, SE and BR postcodes only and within a 5 mile radius.
We could still collect from further afield but would charge a £25 fee for doing so
We have large and loyal customer base due to our great customer service and strive to keep our customers as happy as can be.

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Brake Pad Replacement and Brake Pads Fitting
Frequently asked questions
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How do I know if my brake pads are worn?

Brake pads make a distinctive noise when they need to be replaced. You may hear a screeching or squealing noise that doesn’t go away when you release the pedal. When braking, listen for a grumbling or grinding sound from your .

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Do my brake pads need replacing if they are worn?

Ignoring the noises your brakes are making can lead to an expensive repair job that includes new calipers and discs (sometimes called ‘rotors’). And, of course, worn pads reduce your ’s stopping power.

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How do I know if my brake discs are worn or warped?

Typically brake discs don’t need to be replaced as often as brake pads. However worn brake pads pressing against a brake disc can cause increased wear or ‘scoring’ of the surface - which is why it’s so important to replace pads when you spot signs of wear.

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How far can I drive on warped or worn brake discs?

Worn or warped brake discs will affect your ability to stop your . This is serious, so we’d always advise you to get your brake discs replaced as soon as you notice they are worn.

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How dangerous are warped brake discs?

The vibrations caused by warped brake discs can damage calipers, bolts, brake pads and other essential components of your 's braking system. Given that an effective braking system is essential for road safety, brake wear cannot be ignored.

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What are anti lock brakes?

The anti-lock braking system, abbreviated to ABS. Originally designed as an anti-skid system for aircraft in the 50s, the ABS works on cars by preventing the wheels from locking up and maintaining grip with the road.

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What is brake fade?

Brake fade is the temporary reduction or complete loss of brake power. It's caused by a build up of heat, which causes friction on the surface of the brake pads preventing the pads from working correctly. For example if brakes are continuously pressed when going down a steep hill you may get to the bottom and realise the brakes are no longer working. Brake fade is extremely dangerous because while pressing your brakes it may feel like they are still working. Unexpected behaviour within the braking system such as increased stopping distance is a good indicator. To avoid brake fade it's best to drive steadily and reduce the gear rather than continuously press down on the brakes. If brake fade happens reduce gear to get to a speed where you can safely pull over. The brakes will be very hot from overheating but should be back to normal after cooling down for an hour. 

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When are anti lock brakes most effective?

The anti-lock braking system is most effective allowing the driver to steer the car when braking suddenly and stops all four wheels locking when the vehicle skids. ABS may be able to reduce the braking distance in an emergency however it is not to be used as a way to drive more quickly, or closer to the car in front. Ideally the correct precautions should be taken so that the ABS doesn't need to be used. It's worth noting that with ABS will not work on sheet ice and will struggle in wet conditions.

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How to stop brakes from squeaking?

Put simply brakes squeaking are caused by vibrations between the components. If the brakes only squeal sometimes it could just be rust between the components, until the rust is scraped off that will continue to be the case. However if the brakes always squeal then it's likely the pads are worn right down to the metal and need changing.

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How to check brake fluid?

The brake fluid reservoir is usually on the drivers side, near the firewall and connected to the brake master cylinder. It should be a plastic container. 1) Firstly clean the top of the reservoir while the lid is still on. This is to prevent dirt falling into the reservoir which can cause the brakes the fail. 2) Unscrew the cap of the brake fluid, however make sure you have everything ready as brake fluid soaks up moisture. If it's left open for even 15 minutes it can cause the vehicle to fail. 3) Check the colour of the brake fluid, if it's dark it is best that a mechanic takes a look and does the refill. 4) Check where the brake fluid lies, if it still has fluid in then top it up, however if it's empty the brake may need to be bled, most likely by a mechanic. Brake fluid is toxic and eats paint so clean it up quickly if you spill some.

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How long should brake discs last?

Brake discs can last anywhere between 25 000 and 60 000 miles. This is dependent on the type of driving the vehicle is used for. You can expect brake discs to be changed at 25 000 with busy town centre driving, however if a vehicle is used on the motorway it can do up to 60 000 before needing to be changed. What you may also find is that the front discs will probably need to be changed fist as they carry most of the weight when braking.

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What is braking distance?

Braking distance is the distance travelled from when the brakes are applied to when the vehicle stops.

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What brake fluid do I need?

Brake fluid also known as hydraulic fluid is very important. There are several different types. The type depends on the age of a vehicle and whether it has ABS or traction control. The best way to check is to refer to the cars handbook.

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What is a brake calliper?

The brake calliper is designed to slow down the vehicles wheels by creating friction between the rotors. They fit over the rotor like a clamp and are one of the most important components within the braking system as they actually cause the car to stop when the brakes are pressed.

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How do car brakes work?

Brakes work by converting the kinetic energy generated from the car moving into heat, using friction. The friction is generated when the brake pedal is pressed. The pedal is connected to a lever which pushes a piston into the master cylinder which is filled with brake fluid. The fluid travels along pipes into wider cylinders that are positioned next to the brakes on each wheel. The force from the foot hitting the brake pedal is equal to the force of the brake fluid causing the vehicle to stop.

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How often should brake fluid be changed?

For more specific information refer to your vehicles handbook. Generally it's advised to change the fluid every 2 years or 20,000 miles, whichever is sooner.

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How to tell if brake discs need replacing?

1) Jack up the vehicle and remove a wheel 2) Look at the brake disc for signs of uneven wear and rust. (The brake disc is a circular metal object). You don't need to remove the callipers, just examine the visible part. Uneven wear and signs of rust will indicate that the discs need to be changed.

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What do anti lock brakes do?

ABS works on cars by preventing the wheels from locking up and maintaining grip with the road. The anti-lock braking system is most effective allowing the driver to steer the car when braking suddenly. The ABS also stops all four wheels from locking when the vehicle skids.

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How to change a brake light?

1) Firstly unscrew the casing with a screwdriver, and gently pull it forward as it comes undone. It has wires attached to it so can't fully come out however it still provides enough space to change the bulb. 2) Follow wires to the bulb holder of the bulb you want to change and gently unscrew the bulb holder. It's more of a half turn and then you should be able to remove the holder. 3) Remove the old the bulb, put the new bulb in. 4) Retrace the steps to but everything back together.

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How to top up brake fluid?

1) Firstly clean the top of the reservoir while the lid is still on. This is to prevent dirt falling into the reservoir which can cause the brakes the fail. 2) Unscrew the cap of the brake fluid, make sure you have everything ready as brake fluid soaks up moisture if it's left open for even 15 minutes it can cause the vehicle to fail. 3) Check the colour of the brake fluid, if it's dark it is best that a mechanic takes a look and does the refill. 4) Check where the brake fluid lies, if it still has fluid in then top it up, however if it's empty the brake may need to be bled. The bleeding is best done by a mechanic. Brake fluid is toxic and eats paint so if you spill any be sure to clean it up quickly.

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Why is my brake fluid low?

Brake fluid can be low either because it's being used in the vehicles braking system (which is normal) or there is a leak. If you think there may be a leak it's important to get it checked out asap. The end result will be no blake fluid which would mean when pressed the brake will be pressed all the way down however the vehicle will not stop.

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How do I know when to change my brakes?

The indicators to look out for include: 1) Brake warning light on the dashboard. 2) Squeaking or squealing noise 3) Pulling to the left or right when braking ( one pad may be more worn than another and will need replacing.) 4) Having to press the brake pedal all the way to the floor before the brakes are effective. If you notice any of these things when driving the brakes definitely need to be checked, if not changed.

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Why is my brake warning light on?

There are 2 lights on the dashboard relevant to the brakes. The ABS warning light which refers to the anti-lock braking system. It could just be an issue with the sensor and in most cases will be safe to drive as long as there's no noise coming from the wheels, however it should be checked at some point by a mechanic. The brake warning light which looks like an exclamation mark again could be caused by a sensor issue, the brake pads or discs may need replacing or there's a leak. As long as the braking distance hasn't increased you can manage a trip to the mechanic. If both the ABS and brake warning lights are on at the same time the vehicle is unsafe to drive and there could be a major fault with the brakes.

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How long do brakes typically last before they wear out?

Brakes naturally deteriorate over time and need to be changed, normally around 50,000 miles for discs and 30,000 miles for pads. With this in mind they may need to be changed before this.

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How much does Brake Pads and Discs cost?

The cost of a Brake Pads and Discs can vary depending on your car due to differences in labour time and parts needed. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar.com for some of the top car makes.


Brake Pads and Discs Cost by Car Make
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
BMW£377.76
Vauxhall£228.40
Ford£219.76
Peugeot£226.04
Mercedes£336.98
Volkswagen£229.69
Audi£262.17
MINI£222.71
Renault£222.81
Toyota£211.44
Nissan£250.89
Citroen£314.24
Volvo£200.94

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 09/03/2020 and 07/06/2020.

Brake Pads and Discs

The brakes system enables the car to come to a safe stop.

They get rid of the kinetic energy that helps the car to move by friction to convert this motion of energy into heat.


Your car's braking system is made up of the following components:

·      Discs which spin with your car's wheels

·      Pads which push on the discs to slow the car

·      Calipers which hold and push the pads

·      Lines (or 'Hoses') which carry Brake Fluid

·      Master Cylinder and Servo, which work to amplify the effort you use when pushing down on the pedal.


Wear or failure of any one of these components will cause extensive problems, making a repair or replacement necessary.


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


There are different systems used for braking which suit the needs of the vehicle size and function. The most common system is the hydraulic which uses fluid to apply pressure to pistons in the car close to its wheels to bring the car to a halt. Some cars also have power assistance which helps to reduce the amount of effort required to apply stopping power.

 

 

Brake Pads

Brake pads are a critical component of a car and it cannot come to a halt without them functioning properly. Pads are fitted to the calipers which push the pads into discs which are fitted to a car wheel. When a car is moving, the pads grip the discs to slow down the wheel and thus slow the whole car down. A high amount of heat energy is created from the resulting friction, which wears the pads down.


If you would like to find out more about when your brakes need servicing read our dedicated guide.



Brake Discs

Brake discs are fitted to the wheel and are gripped by the pads. Replacement of the discs is more expensive than that of the pads. If a mechanic advises you to replace your discs, they will likely suggest replacing the pads at the same time due to the low cost of the part and the little extra labour time needed.



How to change pads

Firstly, the wheel is removed, then the mechanic will unscrew the bolts which hold the part in place. The part is then simply taken off the caliper and a new pad is fitted. The same process will be applied for each of the pads that need to be replaced.


We have written a brake price comparison guide if you want to learn about the costs of pad replacement.



Symptoms of faulty pads and discs

There are several obvious signs that your pads and discs are not operating properly. If your car is taking much longer to come to a stop, it will be clear that there is a problem.

Other signs of faulty pads and discs are:

·      Burning smell

·      Spongy pedal

·      Screeching noise

·      Grinding noise

·      Pulling to one side

·      Squeaking noise



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