The ACCUK Motoring Blog

Here at ACC UK Ltd, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.

Brake Pads and Discs Explained

  • Monday, June 25, 2018

Here at ACC UK Ltd, multi award winning Independent Volvo and Toyota Service, Repair & MOT garage based in Farnborough, Hampshire, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.

The blog this week is about your brake pads and discs on your Volvo or Toyota. When was the last time that you checked them? Do you just wait for your annual MOT or your annual service and see what your local independent garage tells you? Your brakes are one of the most important parts on your Volvo or Toyota – without them you will not be able to slow your vehicle down or stop your vehicle. Here we will explain how you can check them yourself.

Brake Pads

The brake discs are the large silver part that you can see on the inside of your wheel. They are around the size of a dinner plate. Over time they can deteriorate which will affect your ability to brake. They may deteriorate because of corrosion or pitting. If your brake pads have worn down your discs will be affected. Especially if there is metal on metal contact – you will hear this noise! If there is corrosion or pitting this will reduce the area of contact thus reducing the amount of friction between the pad and the disc thus reducing the effectiveness of the brakes. The thickness of the brake pads is what you need to check also – over time and use the thickness will reduce obviously – once the remaining pad is the thickness of the backing plate it is time to change your pads. As a general rule of thumb they need changing every 40,000 miles – however some people make them last longer. If you are heavy footed on your brakes you will find that your pads will need changing more often, motorway driving will need less brake use than town driving. Please pay attention if you get an advisory on your MOT or at your Volvo or Toyota car service stating pads/discs require changing within a certain amount of miles – it is because they are coming to an end of their life and really do need changing. Make sure that you carry out this essential work – ignoring it wont make it go away! Happy Motoring Folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award and The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership.

Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.

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