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Brakes

The Importance of Brakes

Your brakes must be in perfect condition to truly guarantee your safety and because the Motor Vehicle Code requires it.
Brake wear: signs, causes and solutions

The pedal is hard, requiring extra effort to apply the brakes
Possible causes:

  • Problem with the power brake system
  • Worn lining or pads
  • Jammed caliper or wheel cylinder in the case of drum brakes
  • Brake fluid on the lining or pads

Solutions:

  • Replacement of the entire power brake system
  • Inspection of the lining and pads prior to replacing them, if necessary
  • Inspection of the calipers or wheel cylinders and repairing or replacing them, if necessary
  • After locating the leak, repairing it and replacing the affected lining or pads

The front brakes are grinding
Possible causes:
The front brake pads are worn metal to metal

Solutions:
Replacement of the discs and pads

The pedal gives way to easily
Possible causes:

  • Hydraulic fluid leak between the first and second bodies of the master cylinder (rare)
  • Air bubble in the hydraulic system (rare)

Solutions:

  • Emergency replacement of the master cylinder after identifying the leak
  • Draining the hydraulic system

The vehicle pulls to one side when braking
Possible causes:

  • Uneven wear of the pads or lining
  • Jammed caliper or wheel cylinder
  • Brake fluid on the lining or pads

Solutions:

  • Inspection and replacement of the pads or lining, if necessary
  • Inspection of the calipers or wheel cylinders and repairing or replacing them, if necessary
  • After locating the leak, repairing it and replacing the affected lining or pads

The pedal vibrates or shakes
Possible causes:

  • Defective disc or drum

Solutions:

  • Inspection and repair or replacement of the disc or drum, if necessary

Regular Inspection of your Brake System
Here’s a reminder of the inspections to perform:

  • BRAKE FLUID: check it every 10,000km
  • BRAKE DISCS: check it every 20,000km
  • FRONT BRAKE PADS: replace them every 30,000km
  • REAR BRAKE PADS: replace them every 30,000km
  • DRUM BRAKE LINING: check it every 60,000km
  • BRAKE CIRCUIT: drain it every 2yrs. or 60,000km