Braking System

Vehicle Braking System

The braking system on a motor vehicle is one of the main items that is effected by wear & tear due to the fact that it works by way of friction between two moving parts, the brake pad & the brake disc’s, the braking system needs to be checked for wear & tear as over time the friction material on the brake pads becomes worn down & reduces braking efficiency, The brake disc’s are also effected by wear over a period of time & will become scored & grooved & once again will affect the braking performance of the vehicle.


Wear & tear on the braking system of your vehicle can be reduced by altering your driving style & reading the road ahead of you so you can ease of the accelerator & allow the vehicle to slow naturally rather than traveling along at maximum speed & then having to brake harshly at traffic lights, roundabouts & road junctions etc. By being more observant & responsive to the conditions you find yourself driving in you can also reduce your vehicles fuel consumption, See our section on driving click here for more tips on increasing fuel efficiency.

Common signs of brake problems include:

  •  Hearing a grinding noise when braking
  •  Brakes feel soft when brake pedal depressed
  •  Brakes judder when brake pedal depressed
  •  Vehicle starts to pull to the left or to the right when braking
  •  Brake warning light is illuminated (refer to your manufacturers handbook if you are not familiar with the dash light symbol)

Brake Fluid Change Darlington.

Most automotive professionals agree that glycol-based brake fluid, (DOT 3, DOT 4, DOT 5.1) should be flushed, or changed, every 1–2 years. Many manufacturers also require periodic fluid changes to ensure reliability and safety. Once installed, moisture diffuses into the fluid through brake hoses and rubber seals and, eventually, the fluid will have to be replaced when the water content becomes too high. Electronic testers and test strips are commercially available to measure moisture content, however moisture test strips were taken off the market because they absorb moisture in the air before they can be used. The corrosion inhibitors also degrade over time. Degraded inhibitors cause corrosion in the braking system. Taken from Wikipedia.

Ringroad Rescue Darlington test all vehicles over two years in age for the boiling point of brake fluid using the latest electronic brake fluid testing equipment & will always advise customers to change the full braking system fluid when the test indicates it is necessary, Failure to change the brake fluid in the braking system will reduce the braking efficiency of the vehicle & also cause the braking system to start rusting from the inside which in turn we have found causes premature failure of brake calipers due to the sliders inside the calipers being impeded from moving freely due to rusting occurring on the normally shiny precision smoothed surfaces of the brake caliper components, This then stops the brake calipers sliding freely back away from the brake discs & hold the brake pads against the disc whilst driving, resulting in faster brake pad & disc wear & increasing fuel consumption.

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" I have been using Ringroad Rescue for the servicing, repair and MOT of my volkswagen polo for a few years now, the staff are very friendly and professional. They use quality parts and always do a thorough job.
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