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Brake Repairs in Belfast

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Brake Pad, Brake Disc and ABS work is essential to your safety, but can be pricey, which is where we come in. Tell us what's required, and friendly, reviewed and rated garages in Belfast will competitively quote for the work required - so you can be sure of getting great value. We also offer Belfast Clutch Replacement and Belfast Servicing.

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Top garages for Brake Repairs in Belfast (57 found)
AEC Motors (Mallusk)
614 Jobs Completed
Newtownabbey
4.7 / 5

We at AEC Motors have been working on Audi and Volkswagen vehicles for over 15 years, however we have over 30 years of experience in the motor trade and have worked on most makes and models by now. We use state of the art Mac Tool’s and Snap-on car diagnostic equipment which can read the fault codes in your ECU’s memory. Our fully trained technicians are then able to produce a report and inform you of any necessary repairs, to get you back on the road quickly and safely.
And Have won BEST GARAGE Northern Ireland By WCFMC on its annual Awards 3 years running which is a FIRST for any garage both here and in mainland Britain

We are happy to provide a free collection and delivery service for vehicles within 7 miles of our garage depending car is drivable & roadworthy.
**Note If car needs recovered there will be a recovery fee applicable**

My Mechanic
164 Jobs Completed
Lisburn
5.0 / 5

We have been working on cars before we could drive and have over 30 years of experience between the team. A local busines possessing engineering qualifications and experience, resulting in our ability to diagnose and fix any fault on any make of car.

Charles Hurst Ltd - Belfast
209 Jobs Completed
Belfast
3.9 / 5

As the largest new and used car dealers group in Northern Ireland, Charles Hurst is proud to represent some of the world's leading new and used car sales, motorcycle manufacturers such as Yamaha and BMW as well as vans for sale within its dealerships. With showrooms across Northern Ireland covering a wide variety of franchises, our car dealerships really do offer the widest choice of new and used cars. Our new and used car dealers are located throughout Northern Ireland, and with helpful staff at all our showrooms we will be happy to answer any questions regarding buying a new car, used car, bike, or van and can even demonstrate the various features of each model as well as arrange test drives, or find you the latest offers and deals available.

At Charles Hurst car dealerships in Belfast, Newtownards, Newtownabbey, Lisburn, Portadown and Dundonald, we believe in exceptional customer service whether you are a first-time car buyer, or a client looking for commercial vans for sale or family cars, we consider customer satisfaction to be paramount. Our 'For you, For Life' policy ensures that The Charles Hurst Group is able to provide not only new and used cars, but also motoring advice, after sales care and finance options throughout our customers' lives. Contact your local Charles Hurst dealership for more information.

Mr Magic Belfast
20 Jobs Completed
BELFAST
5.0 / 5

Complete computer diagnostics | ABS system repairs | AC system repairs | Ad blue system removal | Audio system repairs | Alarms | Air Bags | Car electric and electronics repairs | Car system repair and coding | Clocks | Chip tuning | DPF | ECUs repairs | Electronic components repair | Gearbox module repairs | GPS system repairs | Immobilisers repairs | Key coding | Opel ECU repair | Professional diagnostics | Renault key card repair.

Nelson Auto Specialists
7 Jobs Completed
Belfast
5.0 / 5

Nelson Auto Specialists was established in April 2013. We are conveniently located near to Belfast City Centre which has plenty of shopping facilities close by and access to all bus routes. We have 3 fully trained technicians with years of experience behind them at your disposal. We offer a very professional service and are part of the good garage scheme which puts scrutiny on, and monitors, garages to keep standards very high. We promote ourselves as a one stop garage so there's nothing on a car that we can't get done, from mechanical to bodywork!

We offer the following services;
Servicing (even cars within warranty from new)
MOT work
All mechanical work
Electrical
Bodywork
Paintless dent removal
Welding
Cigarette burns on upholstery
Windscreen chip repairs

Our goal;
Nelson Auto Specialists sets out to repair any problem. We do not just specialise in mechanical work or in body work, we offer it all! Now there is no need to go to various mechanics for various problems anymore - just come straight to Nelson Auto Specialists and you will be back on the road in no time. We offer a friendly, clean & professional environment. You won't be disappointed.

Newtownabbey Autos
40 Jobs Completed
Newtownabbey
4.8 / 5

Newtownabbey Autos are your local independent garage, established since 2010.

We are Trading Standards Institute-Approved as well as being members of the Motor Industry Code of Practice, where our customers voted us as of the top 50 garages throughout the UK in 2012! Also, in 2013 and 2014 we were voted Regional Winners of the Year for Northern Ireland and are going from strength to strength.

In our garage you will find a fully equipped workshop complete with 6 ramps and very highly trained technicians. We are specialists and can offer you car servicing and MOT checks at great prices using only the latest diagnostic equipment. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service.

Eurofit
11 Jobs Completed
Belfast
5.0 / 5

Here at Eurofit, we aim to provide a high quality service at affordable prices to get you back on the road. We are an independent garage located in Belfast, with many years experience within the motor industry.

At Eurofit we specialise in a wide range of services – for all makes & models.

Established 1992 in Belfast, offering quality products & services to service Belfast and beyond for both private customers and businesses. We carry out work for local businesses, keeping their cars and vans on the road and to keep their company going.

Ideally and conveniently located just off the west link close to Belfast City Centre, Castle Court Shopping Centre and convenient to M1, M2 and M3.

Professional Staff – extensive experience.

Our reputation comes from years of commitment to customer satisfaction which is why our customers come back time and time again/ Our professional and compassionate staff have extensive experience. Give us a try, we can tackle almost any problem.

Dalys Garage Limited
Member since 12 March 2017
BELFAST

Dalys garage are of the longest serving Hyundai dealers in N Ireland providing all that a main Hyundai dealer should ,from new and used cars sales, fleet sales , servicing ,service plans ,parts ,body repairs ,total after care package provided

Charles Hurst Renault Belfast
Member since 27 February 2017
Belfast

We are a Renault main dealer with the knowledge, specific tooling and diagnostic equipment to efficiently repair and maintain all Renault vehicles. Competitive service and MOT prices are only but a few of the surprises we can offer you. If you live within 10 miles of our dealership, we are able to provide you with our collect and deliver service. If you have somewhere to be whilst your vehicle is being repaired, we offer a courtesy car service. With every job; we complete a free vehicle health check to provide total peace of mind. In addition, all Renault approved parts come with a one year guarantee!

Cannon Motors Limited
Member since 06 September 2016
CARRICKFERGUS

Cannon Motors have been serving Carrickfergus and Northern Ireland for the last 26 years. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, customer service and also the friendly atmosphere of our dealership.

We know visiting a car dealer can sometimes be daunting. You've got lots of questions and you feel you can't ask them. We're here to help you on your journey. Which means we'll listen to your questions and give you expert advice without pushing you down a path that's not right for you. Whether you're looking for a new, used or motability car, at Cannon Motors, we have the expertise to ensure you benefit from miles of stress free motoring.

Charles Hurst (Belfast)
Member since 04 April 2016
Belfast

For a great range of used and new Kia cars, fantastic competitive Kia offers and customer service that is second to none, then visit Charles Hurst Kia in Belfast today. At Charles Hurst Kia we are happy to discuss any fleet and Kia Motability options with you, as well as taking you through the paperwork and discussing any finance options with you too. We also offer Kia after sales such as Kia servicing, parts and Kia spares. Why not visit Belfast’s premier Kia dealer, Charles Hurst Kia, or to find out more about our new or used Kia cars or to arrange a test drive or service today. We'd be happy to help.

Good Autos Service Centre
Member since 01 April 2019
Saintfield

Good Autos Service Centre offers a fast turn around with a professional and welcoming atmosphere.

Charles Hurst Toyota Belfast
Member since 29 July 2015
Belfast

Charles Hurst Toyota Belfast offers professional, competitively priced ownership services, along with exceptional customer service. Our expertly trained staff are on hand to ensure you and your Toyota receive the best care possible, and we will only ever use Toyota genuine parts on your Toyota.

Charles Hurst Toyota Dundonald
Member since 29 July 2015
Dundonald

offers professional, competitively priced ownership services, along with exceptional customer service. Our expertly trained staff are on hand to ensure you and your Toyota receive the best care possible, and we will only ever use Toyota genuine parts on your Toyota.

Lough Moss Vehicle Test Center
Member since 03 October 2011
Belfast

"Servicing, all repairs, bodywork, welding, MOT prep. Family run buiness offering years of experience with low prices."

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Brake Repairs in Belfast
Frequently asked questions
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How much do Brake Repairs in Belfast cost?

Brake Repair prices will vary depending on whether you need brake pads, brake discs, ABS Sensors or something more involved. The average price in Belfast is around £130.
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What are the most common Belfast Brake Repairs?

The most common Belfast Brake Repairs are Replacement Brake Pads and Replacement Brake Discs. If your ABS Light is on then you may need an ABS Sensor correction as well. Finally issues with your Brake Servo or Brake Master Cylinder are rare, but not unheard of.
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How long do Belfast Brake Repairs take?

A set of Brake Pads can be fitted in under one hour, and the same is true of brake discs. However we advise not to rush these things as brakes are an essential safety item on your car.
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How can I prolong the life of my brakes?

Prolonging brakes is all about your driving style. Under braking, your brake pads and brake disc (or brake drum on some cars) rub together, creating friction and slowing the car. The less braking in your driving, the slower your brakes will wear. You should 'coast' or use engine braking where you can, and avoid sudden braking. Finally if your brake pads are worn, they will wear your brake discs faster, and vice versa, so don't leave them to wear prematurely.

Average rating for  Brake Repairs in Belfast bookings

5.00

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How do car brakes work?

The braking system in a car is responsible for bringing your vehicle to a stop while you’re driving.

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 which could result in breakage.

The front brakes in a car are typically the ones which play the greater part in bringing a car to stop as the weight of the car is thrown forward every time the vehicle comes to a stop.

There are different systems used for braking from one car to the next which suits the needs of the vehicle size and function.

The common hydraulic system 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 brake assistance which helps to reduce the amount of effort required to apply stopping power.

Brake Fault Symptoms

If you need to have your brakes repaired there are several issues that could have caused the problem and several things that could be affected.

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 which cannot be said of many other broken car parts.

Here are the tell-tale sounds and signs to look out for if your cars brakes have an issue.

Metallic grinding noise

This may be caused by worn out brake pads. If they are so worn down, metal will be clutching metal to stop, so the noise will not be pleasant!

Squeaking brakes

This is caused if there is friction being created from the linings of the brakes which will lead to further damage being caused to the brake pads, brake linings, brake drums and rotors.

If you have squeaking brakes you could even have a stone or debris stuck in between the brake caliper and the brake pad, though this is rare.

If you would like to know more about why my brakes are squeaking, we have written a full guide for you to understand what do do and how much the repair would be to fix squeaking brakes.

All you have to do to find out why your brakes are squeaking is clicking here

Fading of low brake pedal

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

You will know if there is a problem if you need to pump the brakes to just stop the car, alternatively if the pedal sinks all the way to the floor when the car is stopped the problems listed above are the most likely to be causing issue.

Pulling to one side

This happens when you have a damaged brake line, have worn the brake linings down or have uneven linings.

If you can feel brakes dragging, this is likely to be caused by contaminated fluid being in the system or the brakes not being adjusted properly.

Abnormal brake behaviour

If the brake pedal feels mushy, spongy or is slow to sink to the floor, there is a good chance that the master cylinder is to blame. The cylinder is the part responsible for applying pressure to the brakes so when that pressure is not there, there is a high chance that the master cylinder is the problem.

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 in the eventuality of seal degradation.

Check engine light switched on

If the engine warning light switches on, there are a huge variety of problems which could be the cause including the master cylinder. Modern cars carry a huge number of pressure sensors to detect issues within the engine. If there is a pressure change, it could be the result of the master cylinder breaking.

As soon as you notice any of these problems, it is vital that you address the issue.

A mechanic is best qualified to carry out checks due to the variety of components, fluids and materials used to make up a braking system.

If you choose to ignore a drop in performance, you are putting your vehicle and everybody inside at risk.

Top Tips for Brake Repair

When you have your brakes repaired, it is also important to ensure that you and your mechanic keep the following points in mind.

When you are having your brake pads replaced, you should also have your discs replaced and ensure each axle has its own new set.

During the first 200km the performance of your new brakes may not be tip top as they need to ‘bed in’ you should therefore avoid heavy braking if it can be helped during this time.

After the installation you should also pump the brake pedal until it becomes stiff to break the new equipment in however you should also ensure the wheels freely rotate when the pedal is not pushed down.

By following this advice you will ensure your brakes serve your vehicle in the best possible way.

Brake Pads and Discs

Brake pads and discs are the most common form of brake repair. The brake discs spin with your car's wheels and the brake pads are pushed against the discs when you apply the brake pedal in order to bring your car to a halt.

For more information visit our brake pads and discs page.

Brake Caliper

Brake calipers hold the brake pads against the discs when the brakes are applied so a car cannot come to a stop without them being fully operational.

The brake caliper acts like a clamp when bringing the car to a stop and it needs to be able to grip the disc properly and apply enough pressure to work properly.

Brake caliper repair can consist of fixing the existing part, however, there is a high chance that the brake caliper will be replaced if there is a major problem as refurbishing a brake caliper or attempting to apply a fix may not completely repair the part.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is critical for the brake system and brake fluid problems are common when it comes to brake repairs. If the brake fluid drops below a certain level, a drivers ability to bring a car to a halt will drop rapidly. This often happens due to a leak as a result of rust.

Brake fluid will always be checked during a full service or an MOT and if the level is too low, a mechanic will check for a leak as this is the most common cause of low brake fluid.

If you have not had a full service and you are not due an MOT for a good while, it is always good practice to check your own car fluid levels, including brake fluid levels. The brake fluid container is located beneath the hood of the car and close to the bottom of the windshield. Check the brake fluid level by unscrewing the lid and peering into the container. Our fluid levels guide gives more information on checking your brake fluid.

ABS Brakes

An anti-lock braking system is used by many modern cars. This method of braking has been implemented as a safety measure as it allows a car to maintain tractive contact with the road as the brakes are applied and a car comes to a stop.

If you are wandering how do you use ABS brakes, then don’t worry, the ABS braking system is automatically applied to a car when the brakes are pressed, you don’t need to do anything different.

Cars with an ABS system will also be subject to the ABS light coming on at one time or another and if this happens, you need to take the car to a garage to have the issue looked at as the system may no longer be fully operational. If the ABS light AND brake light switch are on at the same time, it is critically important that you get to a local garage as soon as possible.

Brake Rotors

Brake rotors is another name for brake discs and if you would like more information on this subject, we have an entire page dedicated to brake pads and discs.

Master Cylinder

The master cylinder is a vital part of the braking system as it serves as the main valve through which brake fluid is channelled to the brake lines and onto the brake calipers which in turn, grip the brake pads which clamp onto the brake disc to bring a car to a halt.

A master cylinder controls the flow of brake fluid and so if there is a fault, the car will not be able to stop properly.

Brake Lines

Brake lines carry brake fluid from the master cylinder to the brake calipers. Brake lines are subject to deterioration from the result of rust damage and brake fluid leakage. If the brake lines break, then fluid cannot be carried to the brake calipers and you will not be able to stop your car. That is why it is so important to keep an eye on a drop in performance of your braking power as a reduction may highlight a problem with the brake lines.

Backing Plates

Backing plates hold brake discs in place and are what they are mounted upon. There is not a huge amount of problems when it comes to backing plates as the part is simply there to hold another part in place. The biggest issue could be that the part becomes dislodged from the result of an impact.

Handbrake repairs

The most common form of handbrake problems is when the handbrake cable snaps and a new one needs to be fitted. A new handbrake cable is not expensive and fitting the part is not a complex job so you should not have to pay a lot in labour.

If you think your handbrake is close to snapping, it is critical that you take your car to a garages as soon as possible. If you leave your car parked on an incline and the handbrake cable snaps while you are away from the vehicle, it could suddenly start rolling down a hill and pose a serious risk to pedestrians and other drivers.

The handbrake cable is made of metal and so, being exposed to the elements, will deteriorate over time. Rust may be a cause of the handbrake cable to weaken and snap.

One of the most obvious signs that your handbrake cable is close to snapping, is that the handbrake itself will pull up higher than usual.

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You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best deal in your area, before booking the local brake repair online.

Gary from Complete Mechanics talks through the process of changing brake pads and discs