Brake Repairs in Edinburgh

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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 Edinburgh will competitively quote for the work required - so you can be sure of getting great value. We also offer Edinburgh Clutch Replacement and Edinburgh Servicing.

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Top garages for Brake Repairs in Edinburgh (185 found)
R&B AUTOS REPAIRS AND SALES
103 Jobs Completed
kirkcaldy
4.8 / 5

R&B Autos is an independent garage located in the heart of Kirkcaldy, near the High Street. We are proud to provide the best car services for a wide range of mechanical work, accident damage repairs, high-quality respraying, insurance claims, bodywork, wheel alignment, suspension work and much more. We want our customers to drive away 100% satisfied and that's why we do our utmost to ensure you get fantastic customer service and outstanding repairs.

We also sell second-hand cars which have been hand-picked and are in excellent condition. Our team have many years experience in repairs and services and will always give you honest advice. Our workshop is open 7 days a week and we offer a local collection and delivery service for those within 3 miles. If you wish to wait around while we fix your car, we have a customer waiting room where you can enjoy refreshments and WIFI.

D&G Autocare - Musselburgh
327 Jobs Completed
Musselburgh
4.7 / 5

Proud to be Central Scotland’s No.1 autocare centre, D&G Autocare provide our customers with the best deals on MOTs, tyres, exhausts, brakes, servicing, suspensions, clutches and garage repairs! We’re equipped to fix all garage repairs and replace all car parts. We also supply tyres and wheels and have VOSA Authorised Testing Facilities up to Class 7 commercial Vehicles. Company cars, fleet and lease vehicles are welcome too. With our knowledge and experience, we provide our customers with a service that’s second to none, together with fantastic value for money and the best guarantees in the business.

E-Vehicles
60 Jobs Completed
EDINBURGH
4.9 / 5

At E-Vehicles we offer car repairs in and around Livingston and Edinburgh including Broxburn and Bathgate.

We are committed to providing you with the highest level of service possible and our aim is to get you back on the road as soon as possible.

We use new OE quality parts that are competitively priced to give you the best value for money, We are happy to price match parts with any local supplier to us, therefore, you will always choose us for your maintenance and repair needs.

We use all the latest diagnostics equipment including Bosch, Delphi, Autel, Launch so we can diagnose 99% of vehicle faults including Airbag, ABS, Engine Management, TPS, PDC, DPF regeneration etc.

As well as carrying out the more common repairs types such as Suspension, Brakes Discs/Pads Clutches, Timing Belts, Mot Preparation, Servicing, Transmission Servicing, Tyres (New & Part Worn) we also do Electrical and all Bodywork including accident Damage, spray painting, panel beating, Dents Scratches Smart repairs and full car Restorations.

We do offer a Mobile Service on the small and quick jobs but would prefer to do it quicker by completing it on our fully kitted workshop on our Car Lifts.

If you are looking for an MOT then we can get your car tested at our Neighbouring MOT Station for £40 with No retest fee. I know you can get an MOT for £25 but in our opinion 90% of the time that means its a guaranteed fail and you will have to go back and pay the £15 retest fee and pay the expensive prices for the work to be carried out. Our neighbouring VOSA approved MOT tester will only fail your vehicle where the vehicle is not in a safe and satisfactory condition and because we will carry out any work required the MOT tester will not gain anything by failing your car. On the other hand if any work is required then the MOT tester will check our work to make sure its been done correctly. Its a win win situation for you.

We repair and service all makes and models and can get parts delivered to us within a couple of hours saving you the hassle.

If you live within 10 miles of us, we will collect and deliver your car completely free of charge saving you the time and hassle. If however, you want to watch and see what we are doing we have no objections if you come along.

We also work flexible hours in order to satisfy our customers’ needs and requests. !
We are here to make you our customers happy and we look forward to giving you a warm welcome.

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Steins Garage Edinburgh
524 Jobs Completed
Edinburgh
5.0 / 5

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Rentec Autocare
127 Jobs Completed
Edinburgh
4.8 / 5

"Established in 2008, we are an Independent Renault specialist who has over 30 years’ experience in the motor trade industry.
Rentec Autocare are a new breed of car repair garage, our aim is to provide main dealer levels of service at a fraction of the cost and with a much more personal experience.
We aim to provide customers with a complete car service and repair solution, from a straight forward service to complex diagnostic faults, all bases are covered.
With the latest diagnostic equipment and fully trained staff we can provide total car care for your vehicle. We will not be beaten on price or quality, all our work is fully guaranteed & all replaced parts are available for inspection.
We are pleased to say our business has grown well since opening due to repeat custom and through word of mouth, which we like to think is down to our honest and reliable service."

Fife Autocentre - Kirkcaldy
159 Jobs Completed
Kirkcaldy
4.5 / 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 Autocentre 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.

East of Scotland Auto Centre Limited.
19 Jobs Completed
Glenrothes
5.0 / 5

East of Scotland Auto Centre Ltd are an independent garage established back inEquipped with state of the art specialised tools, we are prepared to take on a wide range of jobs that many other garages would turn their noses up at.

Call us today for a friendly and affordable service.

We have two branches,
Glenrothes and Haddington.

Pete Squires - Mobile Mechanic
253 Jobs Completed
Edinburgh
5.0 / 5

Hello Folks!

I offer a mobile repairs and diagnostic service around Midlothian and Fife, being mobile means I can visit your address to carry out the job, be it at your home, workplace or any location within safe reason. I'm quite flexible and travel through to Livingston, Dunfermline and Fife frequently for jobs, and i can be with my customers within 24 hours of booking, even the same day if my diary allows!

I offer a first class and friendly service to all my customers, and more then happy to go out of my way to get you back on the road. I've gained trust and built new friendships through my customer base over the years, and can't wait to get you on board and see what 2019 has to offer!

All the best

Pete Squires - Mobile Mechanic

D&G Autocare - Edinburgh West
604 Jobs Completed
Edinburgh
4.6 / 5

Proud to be Central Scotland’s No.1 autocare centre, D&G Autocare provide our customers with the best deals on MOTs, tyres, exhausts, brakes, servicing, suspensions, clutches and garage repairs! We’re equipped to fix all garage repairs and replace all car parts. We also supply tyres and wheels and have VOSA Authorised Testing Facilities up to Class 7 commercial Vehicles. Company cars, fleet and lease vehicles are welcome too. With our knowledge and experience, we provide our customers with a service that’s second to none, together with fantastic value for money and the best guarantees in the business.

D&G Autocare – Rumblingwell
54 Jobs Completed
Dunfermline
4.8 / 5

Our Rumnblingwell garage is run by manager Gavin. If you need an mot, car service, tyres or a car repair or maybe looking for some advise then pop in or contact Jordan.
D&G Autocare guarantee not to be beaten by any of our local competitors. We will offer you the best solution for your car and your pocket

Our price promise means that we wont be be beaten on price for the same brand of tyre and all tyre prices are inclusive of vat plus fitting. Company cars, fleet and lease vehicles welcome.

Beacon Auto Support
16 Jobs Completed
Livingston, West Lothian and surrounding areas
4.3 / 5

After being involved with the motor industry for over ten years, we've seen a lot of things we don't think are fair, for example over pricing; whether trying to "bamboozle" a customer through technical jargon misconstruing work that doesn't really need to be carried out, deliberate damage of components or "preying" on inexperienced drivers, let's just say we've seen a lot, and we don't think it's right or fair. That's why here at Beacon Auto Support we endeavour to be as honest and fair as possible, and we promise never to try and sell you something your car doesn't actually need. We believe that every customer deserves to be treated fairly and receive full transparency when it comes to details about the work being carried out, that's why we not only offer you the chance to view ANY components removed from your vehicle but we'll explain to you why that component has failed or is excessively worn etc. We also like to incorporate our technicians job cards into your invoice when we send them to you by email, that not only allows you to view your itemised invoice but keep track of how the technician has actually dealt you with your fault.

So if your fed up of feeling confused or like you've been ripped off after your cars been repaired, give us a chance to show you how we stand tall where some other repairers fall down, and we will strive to ensure you aren't disappointed!

Maitland Motors.
20 Jobs Completed
Burntisland
5.0 / 5

Here at Maitland Motors, we constantly strive to provide our valuable customers with the best service and value for all their motoring needs.

From brakes to bulbs, tyres to MOTs, Maitland Motors is your one-stop-shop for a fast, honest and reliable service. We will talk you through any repairs your vehicle needs and explain why any additional work may be required.

No part will be replaced unless it is needed. We believe the customer has the right to as much information as possible about repairs being carried out, that is why our award-winning mechanic will explain in simple terms what your car needs to run at its best.

McLennans Garage
33 Jobs Completed
Loanhead
5.0 / 5

"Established in 1992, McLennans Garage is a family-run, independent garage located in Loanhead near Edinburgh.Over the 20 years we have been in existance our main focus has always been to deliver a quality service at competitive rates for our customers. We pride ourselves on providing a personal and friendly service. As part of our code of quality we are members of the Scottish Motor Trade Association as well as The Good Garage Scheme. McLennans Garage is well established and has a large customer base encompassing both private cars and business fleets. At any time whilst we are carrying out work, a member of staff is always available to explain costs, procedures and timescales. All makes of vehicles are welcome. "

D&G Autocare - Glenrothes
107 Jobs Completed
Glenrothes
4.9 / 5

Specialists in
* MOTs up to Class 7
* tyres, winter tyres, 4×4 tyres, cross country vehicle tyres
* engine diagnostics
* engine fault code diagnosis
* timing belts for vehicles such as Audi, BMW, Landrover and Hyundai

Ecosse Automotive
31 Jobs Completed
Bo'ness
4.8 / 5

Ok, there's lots and lots of garages out there. How do you choose one?
Well, we believe we stand out above the rest. After experiencing us for yourself, we're sure you'll agree too!
Established for over 20 years, we operate from modern, purpose built premises.
A comfortable customer area, with underfloor heating and free tea and WiFi.

We're equipped with the latest diagnostic tools, we've invested in equipment that other garages just don't see as necessary.
For example, our rolling road. Not many garages have those. Want to know if your VW is producing the horsepower claimed after the 'emissions scandal' dealer recall? We can tell you exactly.
Only have a problem when you tow your caravan up a certain hill? No problem, we can replicate it in our workshop.
We can test your car to 150mph. Without breaking the law :))
We work on a lot of nice stuff. You'll often see Ferrari's and Porsche's here. We run and prepare race cars but we love keeping reliable the school run cars as much :)

Oh BTW, we also are an award winning bodyshop.
Come on, let's have a chat about your wheels.........

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Brake Repairs in Edinburgh
Frequently asked questions
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How much do Brake Repairs in Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh is around £130.
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What are the most common Edinburgh Brake Repairs?

The most common Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh bookings

4.91

22 reviews

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