Brakes check-up and replacement

Our Point S workshops are at your disposal to carry out the maintenance of your braking system. The braking system is critically important for the safety of the driver, and it is therefore essential to have your brakes checked regularly. At Point S, we can complete a front and rear brake inspection to make sure that all the components of your braking system are working safely.

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Brakes are part of your safety when driving. Our Point S experts make a complete check of the entire braking system to inspect each component. Each element is inspected and replaced if needed. And because at Point S we think that safety is not a matter of budget, we make sure that this service is at your disposal for an affordable price.

What is a braking system?

The braking system is complex and composed of a group of mechanical, electronic, and hydraulically elements that use friction to make it possible to slow down and stop the moving vehicle in the best conditions. A good braking system enables:

  • Stability in keeping track of the vehicle
  • Efficiency in a minimum time and distance
  • Progressiveness with braking proportional to the driver's effort
  • Comfort with minimum effort by the driver

Several components are part of the braking system:

  • The brake pads enable to slow down the rotation of the wheel by pitching the discs. There are two pads per wheel, each side of the discs. The wear of a brake pad varies with the number of braking and their intensity. Each time the brakes are engaged, the friction of the pads on the disc wears the filling of these two elements.
  • The brake discs are iron elements fixed to the wheel hub. They are used to slow down the wheel to stop the vehicle.

How does the ABS Braking system work?

The ABS system (Anti-Locking System, from the German Anti blockier system) is mandatory by car manufactures since 2004. The goal of an ABS system is to prevent wheel lockup when braking suddenly in order to keep the car stable. The driver keeps control of his/her vehicle in case of urgently braking and can avoid risks of accident.

During braking, the ABS system works with:

  • A hydraulic unit that regulates the brake fluid pressure
  • An electronic calculator that controls the hydraulic unit
  • A speed and target sensor, which monitors the speed of each wheel
  • An indicator on the dashboard that indicates a malfunction

Which are the brakes wear indicators?

The brakes can be worn on two levels, on the brake pads and that of the brake discs. Discover some indicators that can alarm you on the condition of your brakes.

Brake pad wear indicators

The brakes can be worn at two levels: the brake pads and the brake discs. Discover some indicators that can alarm you on the condition of your brakes

But you can also take into consideration the following signs that alarm you on the condition of your brake pads:

  • A loss of efficiency in braking
  • The pedal needs to be depressed closer to the floor
  • Vibrations during braking
  • Brake fluid indicator. When a plate wears, the master cylinder draws more oil.

You must therefore change the brake pads of your vehicle for optimal braking before the lining is completely worn.

Brake disc wear indicators

Brake disc wear varies depending on the weight of the vehicle, the driving style, and the type of road you use. Regular braking will use the discs more quickly than a greater use of the engine brake. Be careful if you notice any of the following signs indicating it is time to have your brake discs checked:

  • When braking suddenly, a vibration is felt in the pedal,
  • During a visual inspection, the discs are dug
  • On each disc is indicated the minimum thickness. If it is below, the replacement of the disc is necessary.

When to replace brakes?

Brakes are elements of your vehicle that should be checked on a regular basis by a professional to ensure the safety of your car. The brakes wear over time, and it decreases the braking efficiency. Moreover, the braking system wear depends on the type of driving, but also on several other factors. Caliper shaft maintenance and brake oil change prevent damages to other components that can incur high repair expenses.

We advise you to check the braking system of your vehicle at least twice a year to improve its lifetime. Make an appointment or visit your Point S centre! to check your braking system.

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