As we are all quite aware that one of the most important safety feature of any vehicle is the braking system. The braking system can vary from car to car, brake disks and brake pads and brake drums and shoes. Most new vehicles will have a brake indicator light (which is a wear wire attached to the brake pads) on the dash to warn you that the brakes are getting low. Vehicles without this feature will need to rely on their repair centre for this. Brakes on all vehicles regardless of the set up basically do the same thing, push down on the brake pedal and the car slows to a stop. On a brake disk and break pad system if the brake pad is severely worn down, it can leave deep, circular-shaped marks and grooves in the brake disk. Those marks, called scores, they look a lot like the grooves on a record. If the scoring on the disk is particularly deep, from lack of regular maintenance, the disc itself may need to be replaced. The drum brake has two brake shoes and a piston, an adjuster mechanism, an emergency brake mechanism and springs. When you hit the brake pedal, the piston pushes the brake shoes against the drum, causing the car to slow down to a stop. Other components that can cause braking issues to a car are the brake lines, these can crack and holes can start to appear through corrosion. If there is a fault, or leak in any of the brake lines, you could experience a loss in pressure and your brakes won’t work properly, they may even completely fail. You shouldn’t see a drop of brake fluid anywhere near the wheel, if you do find a leak it is advisable to get the vehicle inspected as soon as possible, either way, a repair or replacement will be needed as even a small leak in a hydraulic brake system can be very dangerous. Above all else, remember this, it’s dangerous to wait too long to change your brake pads. As the brakes are applied repeatedly over thousands of miles, the brake pads gradually wear down, reducing their ability to stop the car. Here at AE Services in Sutton safety is our top priority so if you are experiencing any braking issues give us a call to book your car in now!