Detecting Brake Problems

Early Detection Of Braking Issues

Any problems with brake performance or any strange sounds or smells that come from the brakes need to be investigated as soon as possible. Never be tempted to put this off as not only could the problem get worse, it could mean you are putting your life in danger. In addition, waiting often leads to repairs being more extensive, with parts eventually needing replacement, which inevitably leads to higher costs.

This article points out the common warning signs that your brakes need attention so you can deal with them before they cause you major problems.

The Brake Warning Light Comes On

This is an obvious sign that there is a problem and one that you should not ignore. If the brake warning indicator light comes on it may simply be that the brakes are due to be serviced, but it could be that there is a problem with the system’s overall function. Always remember that this light also shows if you leave your handbrake on, so check this is fully released before assuming that there is a more serious problem.

There Is A Smell Of Burning

Any kind of strong burning smell coming from your car needs investigating immediately so be sure to go to your local garage. Strange odours and the smell of burning is never a good sign and it could mean you have a problem with the brakes. The number one priority is to make sure that you are not driving an unsafe vehicle so take it straight in for a check. If the smoke is coming from the wheel you could have a seized brake caliper, this means the car is no longer safe to drive and must be repaired.

Grinding Noises

If you hear grinding when you apply the brakes you may simply have some gravel stuck inside which is a very easy problem to resolve. However, it can also mean that the brake pads have worn out and this is grinding on the disk. This can be dangerous and is certainly more expensive. Make sure you visit your garage as soon as you notice this to have the brakes checked and, if necessary, replaced.

A Soft Or ‘Spongy’ Brake Pedal

Once you have experienced this you will know exactly what ‘spongy’ means. If you haven’t then look out for a brake pedal that feels a lot softer with a lot less resistance. This is always a sign that the brakes need attention. Sometimes it can be a simple problem like some air or water has entered the system, but it could be something more serious so make sure you get it professionally checked.

At Birchwood MOT, we specialise in conducting periodic checks on vehicles. If you’re in the Birchwood Warrington, Winwick, Risley, Partington, Padgate, Newton le Willows, Lymm, Lowton, Irlam, Fearnhead, Culcheth, Croft areas and have a brake problem that needs investigating or you need brake maintenance make a booking online today and receive a free vehicle service check or for further information on our services you can get in touch with us by calling 019253 30468 or alternatively you can email us.

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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    Jay
    26/08/21

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

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    Martina O`Brien
    15/08/21

    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:)
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    10/08/21
  • Good service, all things explained and I will be returning.

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    06/08/21

    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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    18/05/21

    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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    26/03/21
  • 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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    07/03/21

    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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    11/02/21

    Excellent service

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    11/02/21
  • 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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    08/02/21

    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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    08/02/21

    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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    08/02/21
  • 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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    08/02/21

    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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    06/02/21

    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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    11/01/21
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    11/01/21

    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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    14/12/20

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

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    11/12/20
  • Superb service from start to finish will definitely use again in the future

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    11/11/20

    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
    11/11/20

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

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    11/10/20
  • 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
    11/03/20

    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

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    06/03/20

    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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    13/01/20
  • Had my MOT booked here.
    Quick and efficient service, will definitely come back for future services.

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    19/12/19

    Very pleased on all counts. They couldn't have been more helpful.
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    12/12/19

    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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    26/11/19
  • I bought my new car, sale went through smoothly.

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    David Mckeown
    19/11/19

    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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    24/09/19

    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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    23/09/19

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