What Affects Your Brakes & How to Reduce Any Problems

Your vehicle’s brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. Not being able to stop or slow down the car on time is dangerous to you, your passengers and other drivers on the road. It’s vital you have your vehicle regularly serviced to ensure you are aware of any potential problems with your brakes before a potentially dangerous situation arises.

Recognising any symptoms and reacting to them on time means the difference between driving safely and a potentially hazardous situation. We’ve listed a guide of the most common problems and how you can reduce these.

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Low Brake Fluid

Low brake fluid level is the first tell-tale sign that something is wrong with the car brakes system. Car brakes work on a hydraulic principle so maintaining a constant and stable pressure within the system is crucial. Low brake levels mean low pressure and this weakens your brakes.

To avoid this occurring, simply refill your brake fluid to the level between minimum and maximum.


Your car brakes work together through a variety of ways. Hydraulic pressure is distributed through a network of metal lines and plastic/rubber hoses. Having leaks on this system means losing brake pressure. Overtime, if gone unchecked, brake lines crack, rust or break.

To avoid this, ensure you book regular maintenance and inspections with professionals. With regular brake checks, the brake lines can last for a long time.

Worn Out Break Pads

This is one of the most common causes of brake problems. Brake pads are made from softer material then the brake discs or brake drums, this means over time they wear out. However, these problems will not occur if your car is regularly maintained and serviced.

Damaged Brake Lines

Any damage to your brake lines can cause loss of brake system pressure and of car brakes. If this problem occurs, ensure you book in for a repair as soon as possible.

If you would like your brakes checking, at YCC Service Centre we offer a car service that will have your vehicle working to the best of its ability. When you book both a service and MOT at the same time, they can give you a combination discount.

Whether you have an electric or hybrid car, we can provide a service for you. If you would like to enquire about how we can help, get in touch with our friendly and professional staff today by calling 01772 704704, and we will book your service in no time.

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