Braking is the primary safety function on your vehicle. The braking system is integral to vehicle safety and something we take
very seriously here at Bte.
Everyone knows that your braking system is what stops your car safely. At Bte we know how important the regular inspection
and maintenance of your brakes can be. Our experienced and trained vehicle technicians understand the importance of brake
system maintainence, and are able to provide you with a brake safety report free of charge.
Today’s vehicle braking systems involve many different components working together to help you to stop and manoeuvre
your vehicle in a controlled manner. The key components of your vehicle braking system include a master cylinder, brake
servo, brake callipers, brake fluid and cylinders, discs, drums, brake pads and brake shoes. All the components are linked
by a series of brake hoses and brake pipes (or linings) containing manufacturer specific brake fluid. The layout of the brake
system is uniform in each vehicle to ensure when you press your brake pedal the vehicle slows down and stops and a
continual and gradual rate - efficiently. The rate at which your brakes reduce the vehicle speed is determined by the amount
and duration of foot pressure is applied to your brake pedal, and of course your braking system's condition.
Brakes are in use more often when driving around town than on a motorway journey, not forgetting that you may need to use
your brakes to stop your vehicle quickly in an emergency. So maintaining an effective vehicle braking system is a top priority
for every motorist.
Regular brake checks are an important part of any vehicle preventative maintenance plan. Brake checks can identify a
problem before it begins to impact your braking efficiency, thus providing an opportunity to restore the effectiveness of your
vehicle's braking system to its intended operating performance. The effects of a sudden brake failure can be devastating and in
the event of an accident attributed to faulty brakes, the consequences of not maintaining an effective braking system could result in prosecution. Your vehicle will also fail its MoT test if braking efficiency is below specification.
The performance of your vehicle's braking system is tested on a rolling road to measure the amount of braking force generated while operating the hand and foot brake. The braking force generated is then recorded and compared to the manufacturer's specified tolerance level. Any reading or imbalance falling outside these tolerance levels will result in an MoT test failure.
As best practice for people who cover average or greater than average annual mileage and for normal coverage motorists, Bte recommend that a vehicle's braking system is checked at least twice a year.
We offer a free, no-obligation brake system inspection that takes around 30 minutes. The inspection covers a full braking system inspection and provides a wear report on your vehicle brake pads, shoes, discs and drums. We’ll always give you a computerised printed report of the inspection showing the current condition of your braking system. We will provide an estimate should we identify any repair(s) be required.