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Brake Repairs in Gillingham

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

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Top garages for Brake Repairs in Gillingham (117 found)
Bob The Mechanic
333 Jobs Completed
Maidstone
4.9 / 5

I can take care of your car, while you spend time on your priorities - whether that is work, spending time with your family or simply relaxing.

I often see people struggling to sort out car maintenance general servicing, break change, condition check or other repairs. n our busy lives we understandably have other priorities in our work and family lives. We don't have time forr our cars!

How ever a reliable car is vital to our everyday life - whether it is dropping kids to school, making sure we can get to work or an emergency visit to the hospital. To ensure that reliabilty we need to take care of our cars!

I can take care of your car, while you spend time on your priorities - whether that is work, spending time with your family or simply relaxing.

These thing are can be fix till you are at home with your kid or with your partner, or you are at work. Just easily till you doing your "job" or relaxing.

Tyrepoint Services Ltd
14 Jobs Completed
Maidstone
5.0 / 5

TYREPOINT SERVICES LTD is your local tyre supplier and fitting centre serving MAIDSTONE and the surrounding areas.

We offer a friendly and personal service and all of our tyre technicians have the experience to know which is the right tyre for you. We have an extensive range of tyre with multiple tyre brands to suit all vehicles and budget.

Black Lion MOT Centre
47 Jobs Completed
Gillingham
3.7 / 5

Black Lion MOT Centre is an established and respected local garage based in Gillingham. We are a family run business able to provide a wide range of automotive services at competitive prices. All of our work is completed by highly trained mechanics, and you can be assured of high quality workmanship. We are conveniently located in the centre of Gillingham with easy access from the A2 motorway, and look forward to welcoming customers old and new.

BOURNE PERFORMANCE LTD
27 Jobs Completed
Sittingbourne
5.0 / 5

Bourne Performance Ltd are a local independent company established in 2005, with a loyal customer base in our local area of Sittingbourne. This is due to our team of highly trained and friendly technicians. We pride ourselves on providing a very high standard of service and honest and competitive pricing for all our customers.

We can meet all your Servicing and repair needs, we undertake all car and van MOT’s Class IV and VII, Diagnostics, aircon, Clutches and Brakes. To make this experience more convenient we offer a free collection and delivery service within a 5-mile radius of out location.

An Tyres & Company
5 Job Completed
Kent
5.0 / 5

We are glad that you took the time out to know more about us. We are AN Tyres, and we are the most popular auto garage in and around Maidstone.

We started small in 2014, and as we grew in size and experience, our name came to be associated with the highest quality of car service in these parts of the country. We are actually our own competition as we strive to reach newer heights of customer satisfaction every day.

If there’s anything wrong with your car, anything at all, we are the ones you should visit. Our service includes everything from engine to transmission, suspension to brakes, and even bodywork. It’s everything under one roof so that you don’t have to visit multiple garages.

However, the thing that we are best known for is our collection of original, high-quality spare tyres. We can say it with confidence that you won’t find such a massive collection anywhere else in and around Maidstone.

Our collection boasts of tyres from all the big players in the tyre industry- Bridgestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli, Dunlop and Nexen to name a few.

That doesn’t mean that we have forgotten about the smaller but more affordable brands. Tyres from Hankook, Falken and Avon also find a place on our shelves.

Many people also visit us for their car’s MOT certifications. We are an authorised centre for performing an MOT test and issuing certificates. Our mechanics will also prep your vehicle for the test if it is guidance that you seek.

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All in all, whenever you think of repairing or servicing your car, or indeed replacing its tyres, think of us. You’ll receive a service that will be unforgettable for you in its efficiency and affordability.

If you want to get in touch with us, call us on the number provided. We’d love to hear from you!

Oakley Car & Classic Ltd.
328 Jobs Completed
Maidstone
4.7 / 5

Welcome to Oakley Car and Classic Ltd.

We are Paul, Steve, Adrian and Cameron, we have a shared passion to give you, the motorist, the best possible levels of service and customer care. Having acquired an existing business that was started twenty-five years ago and that has built up a hugely loyal customer base over that time, our vision is to build upon that solid foundation and give you a consistent level of excellence when it comes to caring for your vehicle.

With over fifty years’ combined experience in the automotive industry, we hold the common belief that our customers are entitled to expect superb levels of technical skill, honesty, trust and integrity when it comes to entrusting your precious car, motorcycle or light commercial vehicle to our care.

While we are able to service and repair all makes and models of cars, motorcycles and light commercial vehicles, we are also specialists in the care of classic vehicles and it is our aim to offer both sales and brokerage services of classics in the near future.

Maidstone MOT and Repair Centre
69 Jobs Completed
Maidstone
4.7 / 5

We service and MOT all makes and models, All mechanical repair, Diagnostic, Clutch, Brakes, Suspensions, Exhausts, Tyres, Engine and all other mechanical work. Recovery and courtesy car available upon request.

Protyre - Maidstone
35 Jobs Completed
Maidstone
4.2 / 5

Shane and his team pride themselves on providing an exceptional level of customer service. The centre specialises in tyres for cars, vans, 4x4s and commercial vehicles from all leading manufacturers, including Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone, Falken and Continental, the centre also offers wheel allignment, MOTs and vehcile servicing. Shane and his team will be pleased to provide advice on the best tyres to meet your driving requirements. Why not visit our centre to get the best advise from our experts or feel free to buy online with same day fitting available.

JR Vehicle Services
263 Jobs Completed
Maidstone
4.9 / 5

We are an independant garage that caters for most of your vehicle needs.

We are fully qualified, fully insured and very keen to repair vehicles honestly and as reasonably as possible.

We try to keep our prices as low as possible but we will quote for work to be done thoroughly so it's worth comparing our quotes to see exactly what you are getting.

We like to do things properly so quote accordingly, what we quote is what you pay.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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CWC Automotive Ltd
68 Jobs Completed
Sittingbourne
4.8 / 5

Specialist dealer trained technicians in various manufacturers, with the latest diagnostic equipment gives you the confidence that your vehicle is in the very safest of hands.

Customer experience is a vital part of our service. We keep you informed of what is happening to your car and what is needed without confusing the situation. Our aim is to change how a garage operates for the better, and we believe that you will agree. We offer you a service that feels like your car has been into the main dealer, without the added cost.

Formula One Autocentres - Sittingbourne
88 Jobs Completed
Sittingbourne
4.8 / 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.

Protyre - Sittingbourne
82 Jobs Completed
Sittingbourne
4.8 / 5

Protyre Sittingbourne was originally opened as Tyremark in 2009 before joining the Protyre network in June 2014. Protyre Sittingbourne on Eurolink way has gained a reputation for fitting tyres to performance vehicles and more recently the skills gained by the team at Sittingbourne have been extended to match the needs of all motorists. Protyre Sittingbourne sells and fits tyres from all the leading manufacturers including Pirelli, Bridgestone, Continental, Michelin and Goodyear. Protyre Sittingbourne also have a comprehensive range of mid range tyres from FALKEN and economy tyres from Runway. Damian and the team will be pleased to advise customers of the best tyres to meet your driving needs and purse.

As a result of customer demand Protyre Sittingbourne have extended their range of services to include brake, exhaust and battery replacement and most recently car, van and 4x4 servicing. The centre also stock and can order alloy wheels from leading brands including Calibre and Dolz. Protyre Sittingbourne boast two wheel alignment systems a computerised Proalign system and a John Bean Laser Alignment. For the time poor the centre opens on Sundays for any motoring requirements.

We also now carry out Class 4 MOT Testing.

Canvey Motor Services
47 Jobs Completed
Canvey Island
4.7 / 5

Canvey Motor Services offer mobile vehicle diagnostics, mechanical repairs and servicing, covering all makes and models. We offer a complete range customer services for your vehicle, from a simple bulb change, through brakes, clutches, exhausts, timing belts etc, to complete mechanical rebuilds.

We are always investing in new tools, equipment and methods in which to offer our customers the very best service possible and we pride ourselves in doing so.

With over 25 years experience of working on vehicles behind us, you can trust in our expertise and knowledge to get your vehicle back on the road again, no matter the problem. All our work is also covered by a minimum 1 year or 12,000 miles warranty and on many items this can be increased up to a lifetime warranty.

All Vehicle Services (Kent) Ltd
101 Jobs Completed
Sittingbourne
4.4 / 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.
In short, we are a local garage you can trust offering you the support and service guarantees of a national network, giving you complete peace of mind
We cover the XY, YZ and QQ postcode areas and offer courtesy cars as well as a free collection and delivery service”

Vehicle repair services
149 Jobs Completed
Tilbury
5.0 / 5

We are a garage that cover everything from all mechanical repairs, servicing and crash repairs. All our work carries a 12 Months parts and labour warranty. We also offer 0% finance on all our repairs so you can spread the cost over 6 Months.

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

The most common Gillingham 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 Gillingham 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 Gillingham bookings

4.85

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