Everything you need to know about your brakes

17 April 2019

If there’s one car part you never want to fail, it’s your brakes. The good news is, they’re relatively simple and easy to look after, especially if you have your car serviced regularly.

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If there’s one car part you never want to fail, it’s your brakes. The great thing about brakes is that they are relatively simple and easy to look after. They are quite easy to monitor as well which means that you can be aware of any potential problems as soon as they start developing so you can get them fixed. 

There are a few things you can do to ensure the good health of brakes. One of the most important and obvious preventative steps is to ensure your car is serviced at the correct intervals which are outlined in the service booklet that comes with your car. A service plan through MotorHappy helps you budget for your car services, ensuring your vehicle is always in top condition.

Signs your car brakes need repairing:


Modern brakes are so efficient that they can almost never be heard over the engine noise even when fully applied at high speeds. If your car's brakes are making noises then it means that either the brake pads have worn out or something is broken and/or out of place. A screeching or hissing sound is an indicator that the brake pads need immediate replacing. If a metallic grind is heard then it means that things have gone too far and the brake disc is beginning to suffer permanent damage.


Braking stability is an important aspect of any driving experience. What this means is that the car should brake in a straight line. If the car is pulling to the left or to the right or is even twitching slightly under braking then it indicates trouble with the braking system. This could be due to one of the brakes going out of alignment or an issue with the hydraulic system. At the first sign of such an imbalance, have the car checked and fixed by a certified professional.


Locking up refers to one or more wheels coming to a complete stop and starting to slide under braking. This can happen when the brakes start applying uneven pressure. Usually, one brake will end up applying a bit too much-stopping force causing that wheel to lock up and lead to a slide. If this happens regularly on your car even under light braking, then it is definitely pointing towards an issue with the braking system.