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Brakes

Braking systems on vehicles convert the vehicles moving energy (kinetic) to heat energy to slow the vehicle down. Any issue with this system will lead to poor brake performance or ev

 

 

Braking Issues

If you have any of the following issues they could lead to brake failure:

  • • Noises when braking especially grinding noises
  • • Vibration when braking at high speeds
  • • Pulling to the left or right when braking
  • • Poor performance or slow braking
  • • Hard brake pedal
  • • Slack in handbrake
  • • Brake Warning light on dashboard

Parts

When it comes to brakes you never should use cheap parts. That is why we use OE Matching brakes like TRW and Delphi on your vehicle.

Brake Fluid Change

The pressure applied by the driver onto the pedal is transferred to the braking friction surface via the brake fluid. The brake fluid is at best performance when there is no moisture in the fluid, the higher the moisture level the lower the performance. Moisture enters into the brake fluid over time and that is why manufacturers recommend you replace the fluid every two years.

Guarantee

All our braking parts come with a 12 month / 12,000 mile guarantee. So if you have any issue with the vehicle after a brake change we'll be glad to inspect it free of charge and if any part cause any issues we'll be replace it free of charge.

  • • Brake Check Braking Pads supplied and fitted
  • • Pads and Discs supplied and fitted
  • • Rear Brake Shoes supplied and fitted
  • • Rear Brake Cylinder supplied, fitted and bled
  • • Brake Fluid Change
  • • Handbrake Adjustments from cable and shoes

Here is a list and description of the components of a vehicle braking system

  • • ABS/ESP/Brake Switches - Electrical systems that help driver brake without skidding and with more stability.

  • • Caliper - When pressure is applied fluid pushes piston(s) in the calliper against the Brake Pad backing and causes pads and discs to make contact.

  • • Cylinder - Brake Fluid pushes the piston in the cylinder outwards onto the shoe which in turn applies pressure to the drum.

  • b - A rotating metal friction surface that rotates with the wheels on the vehicle. Pad is applied to disc which slows the vehicle. There is normally one disc per wheel on a car which uses a Disc Braking System on the front and rear.

  • • Drum - Found on rear braking systems that use a Drum/Shoe System, usually on smaller sized vehicles. Similar to a braking discs, the drum turns as the wheel turns. When pressure is applied to braking system the shoe makes contact with the drum and slows the vehicle down.

  • • Brake Fluid - Fluid with high boiling point that under pressure does not compress.

  • • Hand brake - Emergency brake that uses cables to apply the rear brakes. Later cars use electronic hand brake systems which use motors to apply the rear brakes.

  • • Hoses - Transport fluid from brake pipes to caliper where some movement is required, i.e. from body of car to suspension leg.

  • • Master Cylinder & Pedal - Amplifies the pressure applied at the pedal and pressurises brake fluid in braking system

  • • Pad - Friction material that pushes against the disc to slow the vehicle down. There is normally two pads either side of each disc.

  • • Pipe - Transports brake fluid from reservoir to master cylinder and then to Brake Hoses. Usually made of metal material that can corrode and require replacing when rusting occurs.

  • • Servo - Helps driver apply pressure to master cylinder

  • • Shoe - Found on rear braking systems that use a Drum/Shoe System, usually on smaller sized vehicles. Friction Surface that wears as it pushes against the Braking Drum to slow down vehicle. Does require manual adjustment annually, normally carried out on servicing.

  • • Wear sensors - An electronic sensor that wears as the pads wears down to notify driver of a low pad. Normally one sensor for the front and one for the rear but there can be up to 4 sensors, one per pad pair.

 

Exhausts

Exhaust repair and replacement specialists

The exhaust system on your vehicle is designed primarily to; to channel dangerous fumes away from the passengers inside of the vehicle, reduce noise levels generated by the engine, increase performance & fuel economy and help protect the environment.

Because they have to work under harsh conditions including the extreme heat developed by the combustion of fuel and the vibrations of the road, they can often fail over time. Failures include breaking down internally or rusting on the outer shielding.

Catalytic Convertors / CAT

To meet European standards most modern day vehicles come fitted with a Catalytic Convertor, also called a CAT, on the exhaust system. Its role is to convert harmful gases produced by the combustion of fuel to less harmful gases for the environment. They are usually made out of special expensive metallic materials can last upto 100,000 miles. Failure is usually occurs when un-burnt fuel enters the CAT and ignites, as the CAT runs at high temperatures. A vehicle that is misfiring or running rough is the common cause of CAT breakdown.

Lambda / Oxygen sensors

Vehicles fitted with a CAT also have one or more Oxygen Sensors, also called Lambda sensors. The sensor monitors the oxygen levels before and after the CAT and relays this information back to the Engine Management system which monitors and adjusts fuelling accordingly. The sensors are usually made with an internal heater which can become faulty. If there is any issue with the sensor, CAT, or major exhaust leak the Engine Management light will be indicated on your dash board. Manufacturers recommend replacing the Sensors when the CAT is replaced. Vehicles from 2002 require Type Approved CAT's which are to made high manufacturer specification or better.

Diesel Particulate Filter / DPF

Newer diesel vehicles can be fitted with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) which reduces the exhaust smoke that is generated from Turbo Charged Diesel engines. Most of the DPF's have to be serviced by the use of additives, which can be carried out at our centres. Other vehicles require replacement of the filter every 100,000 km / miles. The onboard diagnostic system will alert you of when attention is required. Remember to use the correct oil on vehicles fitted with DPF's, as the wrong oil can cause premature failure of the DPF and be costly to repair.

Guarantee

All our exhaust systems are covered by our 12,000 mile / 12 month guarantee. And if at any time they cause you any problems we'll replace them free of charge. If you have a full system we extend the Guarantee to a 24,000 mile / 24 months. Our Type Approved CAT's come with a 2 year guarantee.

  • • Rear Exhaust Boxes supplied & fitted
  • • Middle Exhaust Boxes supplied & fitted
  • • Full System (execluding CAT) supplied & fitted
  • • CAT (Catalytic Convertor) supplied & fitted