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Car Brake Checks & Replacement

Your car brakes are vital for vehicle safety. As all brake components wear and deteriorate over time, it’s essential that you get your car brakes checked regularly. We offer free brake safety inspections in all our branches, ensuring you and your passengers remain safe on the road.

Signs your brakes need replacing

There are a few tell tale signs that may mean your car brakes need looking at:

  • Dashboard warning light
  • Grinding sensation/noise
  • Squeaking brakes
  • Pulsating or Juddering brakes
  • Pulling to one side when braking
  • Sponginess in the brake pedal
  • Brakes don’t feel as responsive

If you experience signs your brakes need changing or are concerned about your vehicle’s braking system, we’d recommend booking a free brake check. You can book a brake check online or by calling your local Eden Tyres & Servicing branch. As we need your vehicle to be on a lift for the brake inspection, we would always recommend booking so we have a brake technician and lift available for you on arrival.

Remember, getting your brakes checked regularly or when you first notice a change in performance will not only keep you safe but also help prevent a more costly repair bill.

What happens during a brake check?

On arrival, a member of the team will discuss why you want a brake check and take note of any problems or concerns you have.

We will then put your vehicle on a lift, so a technician can carry out an inspection of all visible parts of your vehicle’s braking system. The technician will look at the condition of your brake discs and measure the thickness of your brake pads. We will also check when the vehicle last had a brake fluid change. Once the inspection is complete, we will talk to you about our findings and, if necessary, supply you with a quote for brake replacement or repairs.

We can carry out the brake check while you wait or, if you’d prefer, you can leave your vehicle with us. Depending on our workshop bookings we may even be able to carry out replacement on the same day. Please note, all quotes are no-obligation so you’ll be able to consider our advice and book in at a later date if you prefer. 

Having a brake fluid change.

You should have a brake fluid change around every 2 years. Brake fluid plays a crucial role in your car’s braking system. When you press the brake pedal, it transfers the force to the brake fluid, which then transmits that force to the brake components at each wheel. This hydraulic system amplifies the force, allowing your car to stop effectively.

One important characteristic of brake fluid is its incompressibility. This ensures that when you apply the brakes, the force is evenly distributed, and there’s a direct transfer of pressure to the brake calipers or wheel cylinders, leading to the clamping of brake pads or shoes onto the brake discs or drums.

It’s essential to have the right type of brake fluid for your vehicle and to maintain the proper fluid level. Brake fluid can absorb moisture over time, which can lead to a decrease in its effectiveness. Regularly checking and replacing the brake fluid helps maintain optimal brake performance and ensures your car stops when you need it to.

Signs you need a brake fluid change

A common sign your brake fluid needs changing will be that your brake pedal feels spongy, and your car takes longer to stop. However, this isn’t always the case which is why vehicle manufacturers recommend a brake fluid change every 2 years. If you have your car serviced regularly, you’ll generally get reminded if your brake fluid is due for a change.

How much does a brake fluid change cost?

A brake fluid change costs £44.95 Inc. labour and VAT. This includes a full flush and clean of the hydraulic braking system and is recommended every 2 years.

APEC Braking

We would never compromise on quality when it comes to brake safety, which is why we’ve developed a close partnership with APEC braking. APEC are one of the world’s leading brake component manufacturers and are so confident in the quality of their brake parts that they offer a 24K/2-year warranty on all complete sets of brake discs & pads.

Supplying the motor trade for over 50 years, APEC is firmly established as the UK’s leading specialist braking supplier. APEC braking parts are “OE” quality which means they’re the same quality as original parts supplied by your vehicle’s dealership. This means you’re getting the same high-quality braking components at a lower price. For ultimate peace of mind, APEC offer a 2 year/24,000-mile warranty on all complete brake pad and disc sets.

FAQ's about car brake replacement

What do I need to bring to a brake check?

As we need to check brake components we do need to remove your vehicle’s wheels for a brake inspection. So please remember to bring your locking wheel nut key.

Will I need a brake fluid change?

Vehicle manufacturers usually recommend a brake fluid change every 2 years. 

Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture, which can lead to a decrease in its boiling point. When the fluid boils, it can compromise the efficiency of your brakes. Keeping your brake fluid fresh helps maintain optimal braking performance

Do I have to book a brake check?

We’d always recommend booking a brake check so we know we have a vehicle lift and experienced technician available for you. We do sometimes have same day appointments available so if you have a sudden concern please contact your local branch for availability and advice. 

How much do car brakes cost?

There isn’t a set price for car brakes as all vehicle components are different and costs vary. As soon as we’ve completed the brake check we’ll ring our suppliers to get you an accurate quote for the brake replacement or repair that you need. The price we quote you will be fully inclusive of fitting and VAT. 

How long do brake pads last?

The lifespan of car brakes can vary depending on driving habits, road conditions, and the type of brake pads used. On average, brake pads last anywhere from 30,000 to 70,000 miles. It’s essential to pay attention to any unusual noises or changes in braking performance, as these can be signs that it’s time to replace them. 

Is brake fluid included in a vehicle service?

Whist we will check your brake fluid during a vehicle service, a brake fluid change isn’t included. It will be noted on the service report if your brake fluid is ready for a change. 

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