brakes in kettering

At Avondale Motor Engineers Ltd we can replace, repair and maintain most vehicles braking systems including small commercial vehicles.

As a brake specialist in Kettering, whether it be pads and discs, brake fluid change or even new brake pipes, our local and friendly workshop are equipped to help you.

Your brakes are one of the most important components of your car when it comes to your safety. It’s vital that your brakes are checked and serviced on a regular basis. Otherwise, you could be risking the safety of yourself and others.

How Different Brake Mechanisms Work

The brake pedal in your car is connected to the master cylinder which is filled with brake fluid and located within the engine compartment. When you apply pressure to the brake, hydraulic pressure is created in the master cylinder.

This pushes brake fluid along a series of pipes to the pistons in each wheel hub. This forces the friction material on your brake pads onto your brake rotor, stopping your car.

Making sure your brake fluid is at the correct level and that your brake discs and pads are not worn is vital to the safe running of your car. Get your brakes checked out today. We are brake specialists and can check, service and repair your car’s brakes. Call us to book an appointment.

Disc Brakes

The main components of your car’s disc brakes are:

•The brake pads

•The calliper, which contains a piston

•The rotor, which is mounted to the hub

The disc brake is similar to the brakes on a bicycle. Bicycle brakes have a calliper, which squeezes the brake pads against the wheel.

In a car’s disc brake, the brake pads squeeze the rotor instead of the wheel and the force is transmitted hydraulically instead of through a cable. The disc is slowed due to friction between the pads and the disc.

When it’s moving, your car has a certain amount of kinetic energy. The brakes have to remove this energy from your car in order to stop it. They do this by converting the kinetic energy to heat generated by the friction between the pads and the disc each time you stop your car.

Drum Brakes

The main components of your car’s disc brakes are:

•A brake drum

•Brake shoes (which have a friction material lining)

•Hydraulic wheel cylinders

When you apply the brake pedal, hydraulic wheel cylinders force the two brake shoes against the inner surface of a rotating brake drum. This contact produces friction which enables your vehicle to slow down or stop.


ABS stands for ‘Anti-lock Braking System’. ABS works by preventing wheels from locking up during sharp braking. If your car’s wheels do lock during braking it can cause you to skid and lose control, making ABS an important safety feature.

An ABS system can detect if one or more of your wheels is turning more slowly than the others. A signal is sent to the braking mechanism which allows the wheel to turn again. The ABS system then allows the brakes to re-apply the pressure. This whole process happens in milliseconds.

Parking Brake

Your parking brake – or hand brake – holds your car in a parked position. By applying the handbrake lever you activate braking components at the rear of your car’s braking system.

Parking brakes have a ratchet locking mechanism that will keep them engaged until a release button is pressed.

You will most commonly use your parking brake to keep your vehicle motionless when it is parked. Alternatively, it is used to prevent your vehicle from rolling when you need both feet to operate the clutch and accelerator pedals.

As with your main brakes, it is vitally important that your parking brake is checked on a regular basis. We are brake specialists and can check, service and repair your car’s brakes. Call us to book an appointment.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is a vital part of your car’s braking system, and, if it is not checked and changed on a regular basis it can have a significant impact on your car’s braking ability.

That is because brake fluid readily absorbs moisture. And, when there is moisture in your brake fluid, it can boil when it becomes hot under hard braking.

This can cause a significant reduction in the capability of your car’s brakes. In addition, moisture in your brakes causes corrosion of the braking system.

It’s therefore vital that your brake fluid is changed on a regular basis. Most manufacturers recommend your brake fluid is changed every two years at least.

This ensures that the boiling point of your brake fluid is maintained at the right level and helps ensure your brakes are as effective as they can be. We are brake specialists and can check, service and repair your car’s brakes.

Call us to book an appointment.