Brakes

Brakes

Brake tips from the experts

Inspection and Maintenance

The components of hydraulic braking systems are subject to considerable stress and as a result require frequent inspection and routine maintenance.

A brake service should also check the brake fluid: if it contains too much water, the function of the Antilock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) will be impaired.

It is recommended to have your brake fluid changed every 2 years regardless of the vehicle age.

Did you hear?

Some brake noises are normal. Others can indicate problems…

Grinding

Grinding due to rust build-up on the rotors is of little concerns. The build-up usually can be knocked off, sometimes it disappears after a few stops. However, if grinding persists, there could be a more serious problem with the rotors or pads, and you should head straight to the service department.

Loud squeal

Disc brakes with wear indicators may produce noise that indicates it's time to change the pads.

Trace squeak or squeal

Semi-metallic brake linings sometimes emit such a sound. Rain, humidity or cold brakes in the morning also could be the source. If the problem persists, have it checked out.

Clicking

Sometimes accompanied by a slight pulsing in the brake pedal at low speeds, this is most likely the anti-lock braking system performing a harmless self-check.

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