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What's stopping you?

Stop and think about having your brakes checked

Why should I have my brakes checked?

The braking system of your car is a key safety feature. Brakes are the sole component that enable you to quickly slow down or stop your car. With that in mind it is crucial your brakes are maintained and checked regularly.

What are the tell-tale signs that there is a problem with my brakes?

- You have to press hard on the brake pedal to brake (pedal is stiff): this may be a problem with the assisted braking system.

- The car pulls to the left or right when you brake: it may be that a brake caliper has seized or that a tyre is under inflated.

- The brakes lock up even when the brakes are applied gently: this may be a problem with the brake discs.

- Braking is soft, the pedal is spongy or you have to pump the brakes to stop: this is a problem with the hydraulics.

- The brake pedal, steering wheel and sometimes the car vibrates when braking: the brake discs are faulty or there is loose or excessive play in the suspenion.

What are the right brakes for my car?

Compatibility of brake pads and brake discs is vital - if the compound of the brake pads is too hard, this can cause increased wear of the brake discs - and if the compound is too soft, then the brake pads can prematurely wear. Both brake pads on the same axle should be replaced at the same time to avoid unequal braking.

Whenever your brakes are checked, the brake discs should also be checked. If they are deeply scored, glazed, cracked or rusty, they should be replaced. As with brake pads, both discs on the same axle should be replaced at the same time to avoid unequal braking.

If you are in any doubt, our Masterfit Team can offer expert advice and we will always fit Vauxhall Genuine brake pads and discs to ensure quality, fit and correct brake pad/disc compatibility.