Brake Services

Brake Pads and Discs

At Evolution 2 Motorsport, we know the Braking System is critical to your and your family’s safety.

Ignoring a brake pedal shudder, a rasping noise when braking or flickering warning lights puts you and your family at risk of an accident or even worse - injury. Ensuring your (and your passengers) Vehicle safety should be a number 1 priority. We are able to replace the Brake Pads and Brake Discs with highest quality Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts which are tailor-made for your vehicle. In our Brake Service, the perfect coordination of the various components guarantees excellent braking performance and the highest level of safety in every driving situation. And thanks to their special composition, OEM brake discs and brake pads are particularly durable and resistant to wear and tear and distortion.

A Brake Service at a glance:

  • Removal of wheels to inspect the brake discs and brake pads (includes a thorough inspection of the braking system including braking components, hoses and brake wear indicators)
  • Checking the condition of the brake fluid (Note: a brake fluid flush should be done every 2 years)
  • Thorough cleaning of the brake parts
  • Detailed testing of new brake pads before installation
  • Expert installation of new brake discs and brake pads including renewed testing
  • Installation of wheels. 'Bedding' of the brakes, and assessment of the braking power
  • All servicing is carried out by experienced Technicians in our workshop

Here are some signs to look for to know when to replace Brake Pads and Discs:

    1. Squealing or Screeching Noises:
      Generally, the first indication any driver will notice is a squealing, screeching, or whining noise when the brakes are engaged. This sound is caused by a small, metallic shim indicator that’s embedded in your brake pad for just this purpose. When you hear it regularly while braking, it’s likely time to bring your car in an inspection.

    2. Less than a Quarter Inch of Brake Pad:
      You can also visually inspect your brake pads to know if it’s time to have them replaced. Look through your rim spokes and you should see your brake pad compressed against your brake rotor. If the pad is less than ¼ inch thick (approximately 3 millimeters) you should consider having your brakes inspected, especially if it’s been a long time since your last inspection.

    3. Deep Metallic Grinding and Growling:
      If you hear a deep, low noise that sounds like metal grinding or a rumbling growl, that can be a sign that not only are your brake pads worn away, but that your brake discs and calipers are making contact. Since this metal on metal contact can very quickly cause even further damage in your braking system, you should take your vehicle in for inspection as soon as possible for inspection.

    4. Indicator Lights:
      Some vehicles have an indicator light on the dashboard that will signal when it’s time to replace the brake pads. Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle comes equipped with the low-pad warning system. Remember that if the light does come on, you’ll need to have your mechanic replace the light sensors as well as the brake pads.

How long do Brake Pads last?
Brake pads are generally thought to last for approximately 50000km. However, the real answer to how long brake pads can last will vary from vehicle to vehicle, and from driver to driver. For example, if you tend to drive the most often in urban areas or in heavy commuter traffic, you’ll be engaging your brakes a lot more frequently than someone who drives in rural locations or on highways. Some people also tend to “ride the brake,” meaning they press and depress their brakes more habitually than other drivers, causing the brake pads to wear away more quickly.

Example of the BMW Brake Pad Sensor Warning Light

Example of a worn Brake Pad

Is it necessary to change the Brake Fluid?
As brake fluid ages, it absorbs moisture, which lowers its boiling point and raises its freezing point and causes increased corrosion of the brake system components. Automotive experts agree that brake fluid should be changed regularly as a part of the normal routine service. Not all manufacturers mention brake fluid in their scheduled maintenance recommendations, those that do, recommend fresh brake fluid approximately every 2 years.

New brake fluid is clear to a very slight amber color, if it has signs of rust or is very dirty (e.g. like the color of 'coke') then it definitely needs to be changed. Even though a driver may not be able to notice an immediate improvement, the reduced corrosion will eventually result in less money being spent for brake system component replacement in the future. We recommend having your brake fluid inspected annually and replaced approximately every 2 to 3 years. It might be most convenient to have it serviced while a Brake Service is being performed.

Our Workmanship is Guaranteed: To Alec and the staff, a vehicle is considered as a member of our family. We pride ourselves on trust, work ethic, friendliness and using only Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Parts, Fluids and Lubricants. Contact us for more information or to book an appointment.