Engine Specialists | Servicing and Repairs | Brisbane
The Torque Team. Your premium independent mechanic in Mansfield: So, why are we the best mechanics to look after your brakes?
GOLD STANDARD BRAKE SERVICE: No shortcuts! Put your foot down with confidence! We all know how important brakes are. We rely on them every day to keep us all safe. So it makes sense to have your brakes serviced by a mechanic who will do the job properly. At The Torque Team, our gold standard brake service includes:
- Premium Bendix brake pads, or a choice of ATE pads for European cars.
- Remove and machine the rotors to ensure 100% effective braking from the moment the car leaves the workshop, or replace the rotors if they are too worn or damaged for reuse.
- Clean the mounting surface between the brake disc and wheel hub to make sure the rotor runs true on the hub.
- Clean and lubricate the brake calliper sliding pins to ensure effective operation of the calliper.
- Visually inspect the master cylinder and brake lines.
- Check the level and condition of the brake fluid and top up if necessary.
ONLY PREMIUM BRANDS: We use only Bendix brake pads and premium DBA or TRW disc brake rotors. And for European cars, we also offer the option of pads and rotors from the premium German brake manufacturer ATE. Prefer genuine parts? Just let us know when you book and we’ll buy them in especially for your job.
WE’RE NOT JUST TALK: We back all our work with a 12 month/20,000 km warranty.
GOT A QUESTION? Speak directly to the mechanic who worked on your car. Just ask when you call or visit.
Brake Servicing Questions and Answers
How do I know if there is a problem with my brakes?
There are several symptoms that indicate brake problems. Here are the common ones:
- A squealing noise when braking. Some brake pads have a small metal strip that rubs on the brake rotors when the pads are getting low. So if you hear a squealing noise, it’s probably time for new brake pads.
- A brake warning light is illuminated. Many modern cars, and especially European cars have electronic brake wear sensors to let you know when you need to service your brakes.
- A grinding noise when braking. This could mean that all the pad material has completely worn away and the brake pad backing plate is rubbing directly on the rotors. If you here this sound, get your brakes checked immediately.
- A spongy brake pedal could indicate a problem with the braking system hydraulics, such as work components or contaminated brake fluid.
- Vibration through the brake pedal and/or steering wheel may be a sign of unevenly worn rotors.
Why does The Torque Team machine brake rotors during pad replacement?
Brakes rotors will wear unevenly during normal operation, so if you take a cross-section of a worn rotor you will see a series of peaks and troughs. Now if you fit nice new flat brake pads to a worn rotor, you may only be getting less than 50% pad to rotor contact until the pads ‘bed-in’ and match the shape of the worn rotor. This will dramatically reduce braking performance during the bedding-in process. The solution is to machine the rotors flat when new pads are fitted, giving you 100% braking performance from the moment your car leaves the workshop.
How long do brake rotors last?
Every manufacturer specifies a minimum brake rotor width, and once the rotors wear to this minimum width, they must be replaced. So how long they last will depend on the type of material the rotor is made from and the width of a new rotor compared to the allowable minimum. Most Australian and Japanese cars are fitted with quite hard wearing rotors with a sizable difference between new and minimum width, so they will last for two or three pad changes. On the other hand, the rotors fitted to most European cars are relatively soft and thin, meaning they will usually need to be replaced with every pad change.
What is a brake fluid flush? And why does my car need it?
A brake fluid flush is where we completely remove all the old fluid from your car’s brake system and replace it with new fluid. Just like engine oil, brake fluid deteriorates over time and can become contaminated with moisture and grit from worn brake components. Left unchanged, old fluid may lead to poor brake performance and damaged brake components. At The Torque Team, we electrically test the fluid to determine its serviceability and recommend a flush if the fluid fails testing.