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Brake Checks Before the Big Summer Road Trip

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Nov 04, 2022

With the festive season fast approaching, it’s a time of year when many Aussies pack their cars to visit family and friends, or travel to their favourite holiday spot or camping ground for some rest and recreation.

With many modern cars offering extended service intervals, it makes sense to be proactive and get a precautionary brake inspection before the big summer road trip.

It’s generally a busy time on our roads as well, with drivers often towing caravans, campervans, boats, motorcycles and other recreational vehicles. It makes sense then that motorists should consider their brakes before heading off, particularly if embarking on a longer trip and with the added demands placed on the braking system when towing.

Towing caravans, boats and other recreational equipment can place additional stress on a vehicle's braking system.

Although brakes should be checked by a mechanic or technician as part of a vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule, the extended service intervals offered in many new cars, means that brakes may not have been inspected for almost 12 months or over 10,000 kilometres.

Although mechanically inclined owners may be able to perform basic visual inspections and tests such as checking brake fluid levels, looking out for obvious leaks and monitoring brake pedal feel during the normal course of driving, given the importance of the braking system to vehicle safety, it’s recommended that an in-depth review is conducted by an expert.

In the lead-up to Christmas, many workshops offer complementary brake and safety inspections, providing added assurance before travelling long distances.

A braking professional will be able to test drive a vehicle and more easily identify subtle noises, vibrations or any other braking abnormalities that an owner might not pickup.

Leave brake inspections to the professionals, they have the expertise and equipment to ensure the best results.

They also have the facilities and equipment to efficiently remove all wheels to properly check brake pad wear, rotor condition, ABS sensors, brakes hoses and hubs, and fit the necessary replacement parts, make adjustments or repair if required. This close inspection will also allow them to identify any related problems with a vehicle’s suspension system or tyres, areas that can affect overall braking performance as well.

Under the bonnet, a technician can also test the quality of the brake fluid and advise if it needs flushing and replacing, while inspecting the brake master cylinder as well. In short, it’s all best left to the experts.

A technician tops up the brake fluid.

For vehicle owners, now is the time to take advantage of the many braking and general vehicle safety inspections that mechanical workshops and specialist brake shops are offering in the lead-up to Christmas. A brake inspection before the big summer road trip will give added peace of mind, particularly when fitting quality replacement components such as those manufactured by Bendix.

Bendix offer a comprehensive range of high-quality braking components and performance upgrades, designed to offer safe and reliable motoring this festive season.

For a full list of Bendix components – including braking upgrades – for passenger and performance vehicles, four-wheel drives and commercial vehicles along with brake controllers and accessories, visit www.bendix.com.au/product-range and enjoy the road trip.

For further information:

For more information free call the Bendix Brake Advice Centre on 1800 819 666 or +61 3 5327 0211 from overseas (8am-5pm Monday to Friday EST), e-mail us at: brakeadvicecentre@bendix.com.au or visit our website www.bendix.com.au

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