The braking system includes your discs, pads, calipers, brake lines and the handbrake. When you need your brakes repaired, particularly if they have failed an MOT, we need to identify which part of the braking system has failed. For example, if the discs needs repair, (you might be able to see the disc and the brake pads through the gaps in your wheel), we will check that the face of the large round discs are smooth and there is enough friction material left on the brake pads. The legal minimum level for a brake pad is 1.5mm. The less pad you have, the more ineffective the brakes will be. Less friction material means less heat dissipation, which in turn means your brakes could overheat. The pads are located either side of the brake disc.


Your handbrake is also part of the braking system. Check out this old blog post from our archives, which helps you to identify if your handbrake needs an adjustment: How to Know if Your Handbrake Needs Adjustment?


  • How do I know if my handbrake needs adjustment?

    …she thought she had pulled the handbrake all the way up, but in fact it was just one click away from the top… Click to read this blog “HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR HANDBRAKE NEEDS ADJUSTMENT?“.

  • What maintenance checks can I do at home?

    Glad to see you’ve arrived at car maintenance checks, which is Step 2 of 3 of this series on how to extend the life of your car… Click to read this blog “CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKS – EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR CAR“.

  • If my car fails it's MOT can it leave the garage?

    …written by Sophie McCoid and published by Chronicle Live, “This is what you can do if your car FAILS a MOT and the garage won’t let you leave”… Click to read this blog ““FAILED MOT BUT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO LEAVE THE GARAGE“.

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