Brakes are the single most important safety factor in your car. One of the easiest ways to tell if they're working is to check your brake warning light. If it's on, they need attention.
That's simple enough. But what about the less obvious warning signs? If you experience any of these warning signs, you should have your brakes checked by a specialist.
Midas carries a wide range of brake replacement parts to suit most popular makes and models. More importantly, the technical expertise of our brake repair specialists ensures you'll leave with your brakes in top condition.
And for total peace of mind, our work is backed by the Midas 12 month 20,000 kilometre, nationwide guarantee.
When you apply pressure to your brake pedal, this is what happens: the pressure forces brake fluid to engage a series of mechanisms that push the brake pad onto the disc rotor (which is attached to the wheel assembly), bringing your car to a stop. The brake pad is mounted to a brake caliper, which is the part that applies and releases the brake pads from the disc rotor.
The caliper comprises a housing, inside which is a piston that moves back and forth when you apply and release the brakes. Rubber parts inside the caliper ensure that hydraulic fluid does not leak from it.
If your vehicles' calipers have not been overhauled for some time, your Midas brake specialist may recommend this service when replacing brake pads. They'll always explain the reason why.
Although you do not always need to overhaul calipers in axle sets (pairs), doing so can result in more balanced braking and extended brake pad life.
A disc rotor is the circular metal plate that your brake pad presses against to stop the car. The smoother the surface of the disc rotor, the more efficient the braking. So when new brake pads are fitted, machining of disc rotors ensures maximum braking efficiency.
After thousands of braking applications disc rotors wear, and usually unevenly. For effective braking, new brake pads should fit flush against the disc rotor. That's why your disc rotors should be machined by a Midas specialist.