Brakes or Brake Disc Replaced

At Thame Cars, we understand the importance of well-maintained brakes and brake discs for your vehicle's safety and performance. Our dedicated brake repair services in Oxfordshire are designed to ensure your peace of mind on the road.

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Signs You Need Brakes or Brake Disc Replaced

1. Squeaking or Squealing Noises: If you hear high-pitched squeaking or squealing noises when you apply the brakes, it's a common indicator that your brake pads are worn down and need replacement. This noise occurs due to the wear indicator built into the brake pad, designed to make noise when the pads are thin.

2. Grinding Sounds: A grinding noise when braking is a more severe sign. It often means that the brake pads have worn down completely, and the metal backing of the pads is grinding against the brake discs. This not only reduces braking performance but can also damage the brake discs.

3. Reduced Brake Responsiveness: If you notice that you need to press the brake pedal harder or that it takes longer to come to a stop, it's a clear sign that your brake pads and discs are compromised. This reduced responsiveness can be dangerous and should be addressed promptly.

4. Vibrations or Pulsations: If you feel vibrations or pulsations in the brake pedal or steering wheel when you apply the brakes, it could be due to uneven wear on the brake discs. This uneven wear can lead to a loss of braking efficiency and should be addressed to ensure safe braking.

5. Warning Lights: Modern vehicles are equipped with brake warning lights on the dashboard. If the brake warning light illuminates, it indicates a problem with the braking system, which may include worn brake pads or damaged brake discs. Have the system inspected as soon as possible.

6. Thin Brake Pad Thickness: Periodically check your brake pads' thickness through the wheels' spokes or openings. If the pads appear excessively thin (usually less than 1/4 inch), they should be replaced. Likewise, inspect the brake discs for signs of deep grooves or scoring, which may also require replacement.

7. Pulling to One Side: If your vehicle pulls to one side when you apply the brakes, it could indicate uneven wear on the brake pads or discs. This can affect your vehicle's handling and safety and should be addressed promptly.

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What are the signs that my brakes or brake discs need repair?


Answer: If you notice any of the following signs, it's time to consider brake or brake disc repair:

  • Squeaking or squealing noises when braking
  • Reduced brake responsiveness
  • Vibrations or pulsations in the brake pedal
  • Warning lights on your dashboard
  • Thin brake pad thickness

How often should I have my brakes inspected?


Answer: Regular brake inspections are essential for safety. It's recommended to have your brakes inspected at least once a year or every 12,000 miles. However, if you notice any unusual brake behavior, have them checked immediately.

Can I drive with worn brake pads or damaged brake discs?


Answer: While you can drive with worn brakes for a short time, it's not safe or recommended. Worn brake pads or damaged discs can reduce stopping power, increasing the risk of accidents. It's best to address brake issues promptly to ensure your safety.

How long does a brake pad replacement typically take?


Answer: Brake pad replacement usually takes about 1-2 hours, but the time may vary depending on your vehicle's make and model. More complex brake disc repairs or replacements might take longer. Our technicians can provide a precise estimate based on your specific vehicle.