Brake Servicing

Brake Servicing And Repair

Discovering whether your brakes are functioning properly can often be tricky, especially if you’re trying to diagnose the issue yourself or if you’re unsure about the brakes’ current conditions. Don’t worry though, because we’re here to help. Here are some common scenarios which usually indicate that your brakes need to be looked over by a specialist:

Vehicle often pulls to one side when braking – This occurs if there is a problem with the brake linings. The most common remedy is a simple brake adjustment, so this should not be too costly or time-consuming.

Brakes squeal upon use – This is often caused if there is friction created in the linings of the brakes. In this case, not taking this issue seriously and ignoring it can cause further damage to the brake pads, linings and rotors.

Brakes make a grinding noise – This will likely be caused by worn out brake pads. If your brake pads have been worn down below the specified minimum, metal will be clutching metal in order to stop the car, resulting in an audible noise which is easy to hear, as well as vibrations through the pedal in certain cases.

Brakes feel spongy or weak – This problem usually comes down to an issue with the master cylinder. The master cylinder is partly responsible for applying pressure to the brakes when it is otherwise not there.

If you are experiencing any of the problems that are detailed above, we would recommend you come and visit Lowton Motor Company, so your brakes can be serviced.

How Do Car Brakes Work?

The brakes have one function and one function only: stop the car as quickly as possible. Obviously, you’re not trying to stop as quickly as possible all the time, but if you need to perform an emergency stop, it’s crucial that you have strong and functional brakes.

Brake Repair

An issue with the engine will leave you stranded by the side of the road, but an issue with the brakes might be more dangerous since you need them to stop the car and get out safely. Brakes have evolved massively over the past couple of decades, to the point where most modern hatchbacks have twice the stopping power of supercars from just two decades ago.

The first braking systems were primitive and simple. In fact, the very first braking system was nothing more than a wooden block which the driver operated with a lever in order to get it to grind the wheel and stop the car. After the subsequent drum and expanding internal shoe brakes, we got the modern system we currently use today: disc brakes.

Disc brakes consist of a rotor, a caliper, and pads, along with the associated braking lines which carry the brake fluid. The caliper sits (hovers) above the rotor, and inside it houses two brake pads, one on either side of the brake rotor. These pads are usually made up of organic or synthetic materials, which when you apply pressure on the brake pedal inside the car, get pushed towards the brake rotor via the brake fluid. The more you press on the pedal the more the pads press on the rotor, i.e. the bigger the stopping power.

Naturally, the grip limit of the tyre limits how much the brakes can stop a car, which is why modern cars have ABS to prevent locking the wheels and crashing. High-performance and race cars have bigger rotors with bigger pads to create a larger braking surface, but mainly to stop overheating and cool the brakes more effectively.

Modern cars have disc brakes on all four corners, i.e. all four wheels, operated by a hydraulic system and made up of several components that are subject to stress and potential damage. You can still find some cars with rear drum brakes instead of disc brakes, but they’re getting extremely rare nowadays.

As you’d expect, the front brakes of a vehicle play a vital role in bringing the car to a stop because the weight of the car is thrown forward when you brake (inertia). Braking systems differ between cars as we already said, and that mostly depends on the vehicle’s size and function.

Most, if not all, new cars come with power assisted brakes, making stopping easy and effortless in day-to-day scenarios. Some older cars only came with manual brakes, which are difficult to use since they require a lot of effort from the driver in order to stop.

If you have any queries about the brakes in your vehicle or think your car brakes may be faulty, contact Lowton Motor Company on 01925 320468 to get your brakes serviced in Birchwood as soon as possible!

Contact us on 01925 320468 or get in touch through our online booking form below to arrange the servicing of your brakes, an MOT test or service today!

Our Customer Reviews

  • I didn’t manage to find reception too easily, but I did manage to get a car with a good history at a good price. Came with a fresh MOT, service and valet. No issues with the car so far, but if I end up stranded on the motorway next week, I’ll update 😉

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    Fantastic service from these guys! Smooth process from start to finish, will use them again.

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    Martina O`Brien

    Pulled up late today with a screw in the tyre! Muzzy was really helpful and repaired my tyre on the spot! Highly recommend this place:)
    Got me out of a hole, cheers guys😎

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  • Good service, all things explained and I will be returning.

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    Warning lights on car while travelling on motorway. Took first possible exit to find garage or similar. Lawton Motor Company sorted problem instantly. Extremely helpful, exemplary service, right balance of professionalism and friendliness. Thanks Paul to you and your staff.

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    Val Packer

    Just bought myself a Jaguar F Pace from these guys and it was so easy. They'd only had the car one day, I sent a couple of emails asking for details and the company director contacted myself personally, sort out some photos and now it's mine. Very easy people to deal with, helpful and willing to sort anything out. Will use again

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  • Just recently bought a Nissan qashqai from this company the service was outstanding and would definitely recommend for anyone who is looking to buy a car .

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    lacey hayes

    With all the Covid regulations in place i was concerned about my visit to the dealership..I was dealt with in a professional and curteous manner by Sam and Ian.Which i appreciated

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    David Power

    Excellent service

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  • Car failed its MOT got repaired and retested for free within a few hours.. at a fair price... Highly recommended... Wish I could afford some of the cars on sale here as well, absolute beauties..

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    Car failed its MOT got repaired and retested for free within a few hours.. at a fair price... Highly recommended... Wish I could afford some of the cars on sale here as well, absolute beauties..

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    Car failed its MOT got repaired and retested for free within a few hours.. at a fair price... Highly recommended... Wish I could afford some of the cars on sale here as well, absolute beauties..

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  • Car failed its MOT got repaired and retested for free within a few hours.. at a fair price... Highly recommended... Wish I could afford some of the cars on sale here as well, absolute beauties..

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    Lord Walker

    With all the Covid regulations in place i was concerned about my visit to the dealership..
    I was dealt with in a professional and curteous manner by Sam and Ian.
    Which i appreciated

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    David Power

    I am a new customer using LMC, and aI am extremely happy with the service I received from all staff in the reception and especially from Lough who carried out the work on my keeping me informed of what needed attention

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    Bought a car from them very happy with the service I received. Also service manager is very helpful and will not hesitate to help in any way he can.

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    David Melton

    Had quite a few issues when I purchased the car but young San sorted them. Thanks.

  • Superb service from start to finish will definitely use again in the future

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    Stephen Gault

    Easy to book over the phone.Car brought in in the morning for MOT and interim service.Car collected at the end of the day.No faults noted. Didn't try and upsell me on anything. Seems like a good dealership.

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    Mark P

    Friendly staff and a good service I will go back again thanks

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    Lee Hancock
  • Recently booked my car in for an MOT and service and they were able to fit me in at very short notice which was great! Great value and excellent service provided. All staff were very helpful and friendly on arrival and pick up. Would def recommend

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    jan johann

    Bought my car off them this week great set of Lads nothing to much trouble quick and efficient service thanks very much To y & Les


    Excellent company, professional non pushy salesmen, very knowledgeable on all the cars available, upfront and honest on the deals and purchase price for my car, aftersales also excellent.
    Would recommend the birchwood sales centre we will definitely be using them again, fantastic that they also have a service centre and mot centre on site to continue the high standard of care for the car purchased.

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    Rebecca Wood
  • Had my MOT booked here.
    Quick and efficient service, will definitely come back for future services.

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    Ryan Lee

    Very pleased on all counts. They couldn't have been more helpful.
    And they do a great coffee ☕ 👍👍

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    Graham Sutcliffe

    Amazing ,Loue (mechanic) kindly pushed my car around to their service area( broken down on way ) for checking to why not starting ?
    The battery was the fault he ordered a new one and fitted it at a reasonable price,Thankyou to the receptionist whom looked after me whilst waiting....
    A big Thankyou to Loue 😊

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    lynne frodsham
  • I bought my new car, sale went through smoothly.

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    David Mckeown

    Took my car in at 9am as arranged for mot, it was done on time and whilst I waited was shown courtesy and politeness would not hesitate to recommend and I will definitely use again for my up coming service

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    kevan jones

    I was very satisfied with the level of service I received last week from Lowton Motor Company. They traced a leak in my air conditioning unit, obtained a replacement radiator and topped up the gas within there estimated time scale and price

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