# Raby Bay Mechanical Repairs

Brakes and Suspension

Your car's brakes and suspension are critical for your safety 

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Brakes and Suspension Repairs & Maintenance

Your brakes and suspension are the most important safety features on your vehicle. If there’s a squeak, a squeal, a shudder or a thud, you need to get it checked out. Not only will your brakes and suspension provide you with a comfortable and smooth ride, but they’ll also pull you up in an emergency. Faulty brakes and suspension could mean the difference between stopping in time or a costly accident.

Suspension Maintenance and Repairs

Various suspension problems can occur during the life of your vehicle, and early detection can help prevent more severe issues from occurring. Common indicators that your suspension isn’t working as it should are:

  • Abnormal noises coming from the front, rear or underneath the vehicle
  • The steering generally feels loose or floaty and not quite right
  • Uneven or excessive tyre wear
  • Your car feels rough or a harsh ride
  • When you turn your vehicle, you feel drifting or pulling
  • Excessive pulling to one side while driving
  • You experience a bouncing feeling when driving
  • Your vehicle nosedives when you brake. 

Car’s Suspension system

Your car’s suspension system comprises four essential components:

  • Shock absorbers
  • Struts
  • Springs
  • Tyres

Shock absorbers and struts are crucial for on-road safety. They help keep the vehicles’ tyres evenly connected with the road and maintain a vertical load on the tyres. 

Struts perform two critical tasks: 

  1. To generate resistance and force or impact in a similar way to shock absorbers 
  2. To provide structural support for the spring and, importantly, hold the tyre in its aligned position.

The car’s Springs are responsible for supporting the weight of your vehicle and act as a flexible link, allowing the car’s body and frame to ride with minimal disturbance while the tyres follow the road.

A car’s Tyres main functions are to:

  • Absorb various road shocks
  • Maintain the vehicle’s load
  • Spread traction and braking forces to the road surface
  • Change and maintain the direction of your car.

Your tyres tread depth and condition are essential for better traction during wet or harsh conditions on the road. Therefore, we recommend you regularly inspect your vehicle’s tyres for adequate tread depth, signs of wear, correct air pressure, and check for any damage or signs of deterioration.

Your vehicle’s steering, or suspension geometry or wheel alignment may need an inspection if the tyres show wear on one side or show feathered edges on the tread pattern.

Brake Maintenance and Repairs

Several different brake issues may arise in your motor vehicle, and if not attended to, can escalate to a severe problem. Here are the most common signs that your car is due for a brake inspection:

  • Your vehicle is pulling to one side under brakes.
  • Your brake warning light comes on when you’re driving.
  • Your brake pedal feels abnormally soft or hard
  • You feel a pulsation or sponginess when depressing the brake pedal.
  • You hear a grinding sound or a squealing sound when you apply the brake pedal.
  • Your brake fluid is low or appears very dirty.

We highly recommend that you have your brakes inspected periodically (recommended at least every year/20,000kms) and not wait until you notice something isn’t right. If your car is used mainly on short journeys, you’ll likely wear the brakes down faster than if you’re primarily using the vehicle for longer trips. It’s therefore essential that you’re aware of the most common tell-tale signs your brakes may need inspection and repair sooner than later:

  1. Grinding noise:  this usually suggests that the brake pads have reached the minimum thickness, so you should contact us and book in to have your car’s brake assembly inspected.
  2. Pulling to the left or right when braking:  this usually indicates you may have issues with the brake calliper or hydraulic elements of the brake assembly.
  3. Vibration when braking:  this can often mean that your vehicles brake disc rotors have become warped or damaged. 

Local, Trusted Auto Mechanics In Cleveland, QLD

Our conveniently located auto workshop is in Cleveland, on Brisbane’s Bayside.
And we’re an easy 10-minute walk from the Cleveland Railway Station (700m). Call us Ph: 07 3286 2583

4/86 Shore St West, Cleveland, Queensland, 4163

We're here to take care of your car! Call us now to book your Brake and Suspension Service & Repairs

Brakes & Suspension Specialists

We repair and service a wide range of vehicles

Phone: 07 3286 2583

Address:
4/86 Shore St West, Cleveland, Queensland, 4163

Work Hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:30AM - 4PM
Weekend: Closed