Brake problems sometimes often occur with prior warning signs. They can include, metalic grinding noises or the vehicle may pull to the left or to the right hand sides.  A grinding noise, could mean that the brake friction material has worn below the limits ie: metal to metal. When this occurs, damage will be added to your brake discs and braking performance will be at a danger level.

Pulling to the left or the right hand side, could indicate sticking hydraulic parts, wheel cylinders etc.

Sometimes a rising and falling motion from the brake pedal may be felt or a spongy feeling when the brakes applied.  The rise and fall would indicate that, there could be brake disc distortion and a spongy feeling in the pedal would indicate, air in the hydraulic system.

In the interest of safety to yourselves and others, you must have the vehicle inspected, urgently.

Braking systems should be serviced on a regular basis, to maintain a high standard of braking efficiency and effectiveness.  The system must be operating at optimum levels, at all times.

Brake components do deteriorate over time and sometimes people do not notice the difference.  However, regular checks can save you money, by preventing damage to other components.

It is recommended that, brake pads should be replaced, if the lining material has worn to levels of 3 mm.  A full inspection of the brake discs, to the manufacturers minimum levels of thickness, should be carried out.

Disc brake systems have a brake disc and hydraulic calliper.  When the brake pedal is applied, the fluid pressure presses the hydraulic calliper, pistons and brake friction pads on to the moving disc, this slows the disc and vehicle down or to a stop.

The drum brake system, has hydraulic wheel cylinders and a set of brake shoes, covered by a brake drum. When the brake pedal is pushed, the fluid pressure activates the brake shoes, in turn the brake shoe friction lining is pushed up against the rotating brake drum.  This action will slow or stop the vehicle.

We can provide a full inspection of your braking system, to the highest safety levels.  A full inspection covers, the areas listed below.

Worn shock absorbers can be dangerous.
Shock absorbers keep the tyres in contact with the
road and provide a cushion from the road impact.  They help to stop excessive rebound, reduce sway and improve handling of the vehicle when braking, cornering or driving on rough roads.

Shock absorbers damp the travel and the extension of the vehicles springs, to stop continious bouncing.

If the front of your vehicle dips, when you apply your brakes or handles poor in high side winds, you may have faulty shock absorbers.

At Chorley Street Garage, we can check the condition of your shock absorbers for your continued safety and advise you on any problem areas on your suspension, drive shafts and steering components . If you have recently noticed any changes in the handling of your vehicle, please call in at any time and we will examine your vehicle to the required safety levels, free of charge or telephone 01204-521850.