FAQ Brakes

FAQ Brakes

How can I tell if my brakes need attention?

If your dashboard shows an illuminated brake warning light you should bring it into a centre to be diagnosed asap.

Other signs include a grinding noise when you apply your brakes which may indicate that the pads are excessively worn. If the car pulls to the left or the right, it probably means your brakes need some attention as they are sticking or seizing.

Finally, if you feel a sponginess in your brake pedal or a continuous pulsing, this may indicate a brake fluid leak.

What is covered on my brake warranties?

Please refer to this page for more details.

Further Information

What is the lifetime guarantee on brakes?

Kwik Fit offers a lifetime brake guarantee to ensure your brakes are always at their best. Get your brake pads or shoes fitted at Kwik Fit, and we will replace these parts absolutely free whenever they wear out, for as long as you own the car.

When are anti-lock brakes most effective?

Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) have been gradually introduced to new cars since the 1970’s, but has been mandatory under EU law since 2004. ABS uses sensors to detect and prevent wheels from locking up, allowing the driver to maintain control of the car while in low grip situations. ABS is most effective when braking firmly and promptly until you’ve stopped, for example when performing an emergency stop. You will feel the brake pedal judder under your foot when ABS is engaged.

When will you feel the effects of engine braking?

Engine braking is a term used to describe slowing a car down by releasing the accelerator and shifting through the gears, rather than using the brake pedal. When the accelerator pedal is released the air flow to the engine cylinders is restricted, creating a braking force that begins to slow the car. You will feel the effect of engine braking the most when you switch to a lower gear. This will cause faster deceleration, however, be sure to keep the RPM below the red line on your tachometer to avoid overheating your engine.

Why does my brake fluid need replacing?

Brake fluid is required to transfer the force of the driving pressing the brake pedal to the wheel hub and lubricate moving parts in the braking system. Without brake fluid, your brakes will not work. Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture. As the water content in your brake fluid increases, the effectiveness of your brakes decreases. Manufacturers recommend changing your brake fluid every two years.

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