Brakes – ignore warnings at your peril

Sponsored content Apr 19, 2015 Stoney Creek News

Ken MacKenzie, owner and operator of MacKENzie Bros Garage would like you to be aware that, aside from distracted or even drunk driving, the leading cause of traffic accidents is as a result of often catastrophic failure of your vehicle’s brakes.

Driving along the highway on a warm day it's easy to forget that you're in a massive structure hurtling along at 60-plus miles per hour (97-plus kilometres per hour). At that speed, if you suddenly needed to stop, your vehicle could take approximately the length of a football field (100 yards or 91 metres) to come to a standstill – and that's only if you've kept one of the most critical safety systems in your car well maintained – your brakes.

Brakes are certainly one of the most crucial components of your vehicle. Pay attention to the warning signs that indicate a need for service.

There are some obvious signs such as the brake light appearing on your car's dashboard or the feeling that your vehicle is taking longer to stop than it should. There are other symptoms, too. Any one of these should direct you to the experts at MacKENzie Bros Garage.

Most cars today use disc brakes. These function in much the same way as brakes on a bicycle. A hydraulic system filled with fluid triggers a set of padded clamps known as calipers, causing them to squeeze together on a disc known as the rotor. The friction between the pads and rotor stops the car. Pads will wear thin, meaning they'll become less effective at slowing and stopping your car.

This is when your braking system will emit a high-pitched squeal – the pads need replacing. If you hear grinding, you've gone through pads and now the metal of the calipers is grinding against the metal of your rotors. Ignore this symptom at your peril – or your bank account will suffer.

If any work is necessary, MacKENzie Bros Garage will give you a choice of parts. A better grade of materials (pads for example) may be one of the best bargains around. They will last longer and perform better than standard grades. Call the neighbourhood professionals today at (905) 545-6240. MacKENzie Bros Garage will carefully examine your car and give you the options you need to rectify the situation.

Brakes – ignore warnings at your peril

Sponsored content Apr 19, 2015 Stoney Creek News

Ken MacKenzie, owner and operator of MacKENzie Bros Garage would like you to be aware that, aside from distracted or even drunk driving, the leading cause of traffic accidents is as a result of often catastrophic failure of your vehicle’s brakes.

Driving along the highway on a warm day it's easy to forget that you're in a massive structure hurtling along at 60-plus miles per hour (97-plus kilometres per hour). At that speed, if you suddenly needed to stop, your vehicle could take approximately the length of a football field (100 yards or 91 metres) to come to a standstill – and that's only if you've kept one of the most critical safety systems in your car well maintained – your brakes.

Brakes are certainly one of the most crucial components of your vehicle. Pay attention to the warning signs that indicate a need for service.

There are some obvious signs such as the brake light appearing on your car's dashboard or the feeling that your vehicle is taking longer to stop than it should. There are other symptoms, too. Any one of these should direct you to the experts at MacKENzie Bros Garage.

Most cars today use disc brakes. These function in much the same way as brakes on a bicycle. A hydraulic system filled with fluid triggers a set of padded clamps known as calipers, causing them to squeeze together on a disc known as the rotor. The friction between the pads and rotor stops the car. Pads will wear thin, meaning they'll become less effective at slowing and stopping your car.

This is when your braking system will emit a high-pitched squeal – the pads need replacing. If you hear grinding, you've gone through pads and now the metal of the calipers is grinding against the metal of your rotors. Ignore this symptom at your peril – or your bank account will suffer.

If any work is necessary, MacKENzie Bros Garage will give you a choice of parts. A better grade of materials (pads for example) may be one of the best bargains around. They will last longer and perform better than standard grades. Call the neighbourhood professionals today at (905) 545-6240. MacKENzie Bros Garage will carefully examine your car and give you the options you need to rectify the situation.

Brakes – ignore warnings at your peril

Sponsored content Apr 19, 2015 Stoney Creek News

Ken MacKenzie, owner and operator of MacKENzie Bros Garage would like you to be aware that, aside from distracted or even drunk driving, the leading cause of traffic accidents is as a result of often catastrophic failure of your vehicle’s brakes.

Driving along the highway on a warm day it's easy to forget that you're in a massive structure hurtling along at 60-plus miles per hour (97-plus kilometres per hour). At that speed, if you suddenly needed to stop, your vehicle could take approximately the length of a football field (100 yards or 91 metres) to come to a standstill – and that's only if you've kept one of the most critical safety systems in your car well maintained – your brakes.

Brakes are certainly one of the most crucial components of your vehicle. Pay attention to the warning signs that indicate a need for service.

There are some obvious signs such as the brake light appearing on your car's dashboard or the feeling that your vehicle is taking longer to stop than it should. There are other symptoms, too. Any one of these should direct you to the experts at MacKENzie Bros Garage.

Most cars today use disc brakes. These function in much the same way as brakes on a bicycle. A hydraulic system filled with fluid triggers a set of padded clamps known as calipers, causing them to squeeze together on a disc known as the rotor. The friction between the pads and rotor stops the car. Pads will wear thin, meaning they'll become less effective at slowing and stopping your car.

This is when your braking system will emit a high-pitched squeal – the pads need replacing. If you hear grinding, you've gone through pads and now the metal of the calipers is grinding against the metal of your rotors. Ignore this symptom at your peril – or your bank account will suffer.

If any work is necessary, MacKENzie Bros Garage will give you a choice of parts. A better grade of materials (pads for example) may be one of the best bargains around. They will last longer and perform better than standard grades. Call the neighbourhood professionals today at (905) 545-6240. MacKENzie Bros Garage will carefully examine your car and give you the options you need to rectify the situation.