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Don't let nothing stop you - think brake maintenance

Maintaining your brakes properly means not waiting until they need repairs or you find they are not up to the task of stopping you safely in an emergency situation. At Southern Highlands Service Centre we provide expert brake maintenance service using quality parts, covered by our Nationwide Warranty.

Brake repairs is what a lot of people might think about when it comes to being safe on our roads, but being on top of regular brake maintenance is much more crucial to your overall safety. It also allows you to feel confident in knowing that your brakes should be in good working order when you need them most

You should never take a risk with anything as critical to your safety as your cars' braking system. If you're not sure if your brake maintenance is 100% - call a professional like Southern Highlands Service Centre without delay.

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It is important to remember that brake noises are not only caused by normal wear and any unusual noises anywhere in your car should always be investigated by a qualified professional mechanic.

Brake Maintenance - Brake Pads

Brake Pads can last for anywhere between 15,000 to 70,000 km's. This changes according to a number of reasons such as; driving conditions and style, regular heavy loads. If your brake pads are wearing out ahead of time your mechanic might advise using a heat resistant or heavier duty brake pad more suited to your vehicle.

The force necessary to halt a moving vehicle is massive and gives off a lot of heat which wears down the brake pads over time. This is why regular inspection and/or replacement of your brake pads is an integral part of good brake maintenance practices.

Brakes that squeal can be a warning that your brake pads are wearing out. Many good quality brake pads have a small metal piece embedded in them designed to purposely scratch on the disc when your brake pads are degraded, causing that high pitch noise. However, it's not advised to wait until you hear noises to get your pads assessed, we recommend having your brakes inspected at every service.

Brake Maintenance - Brake Flushing

Most people know that it is imperative to keep the brake fluid level topped up, but did you know that you should also have the entire system flushed regularly to replace old brake fluid and prevent excessive moisture in the fluid?

Checking your brake fluids regularly yourself is good common sense, but don't rely on it's appearance to indicate the actual condition of the fluid. Simply because it looks clean doesn't mean it's actually in good condition. Moisture accumulates in the brake fluid and it's not always noticeable in a visual inspection.

A brake fluid flush can be performed as part of a scheduled service as recommended by the manufacturer - but sometimes we may suggest you need one outside of a regular schedule if we feel it's necessary. We are always happy to discuss the reasons why with you.

Southern Highlands Service Centre are qualified to perform a wide range of brake services and repairs using quality parts, all covered by our nationwide warranty;

  • Brake Pads
  • Brake Drums
  • Brake Calipers
  • Brake Rotors
  • Brake Hoses/Clips/Springs
  • Wheel Cylinders
  • Wheel Bearings
  • Master Cylinders
  • Brake Flushing

At Southern Highlands Service Centre we offer a full 65 Point Vehicle Inspection report, upon request, with every full car service which includes a written review of your brake system and more. This Vehicle Inspection Report lets you know if there is immediate or future need for repairs to your vehicle allowing you to avoid future problems or budget in advance.

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