Is Your Mechanic Putting You In Danger Over Confusing Brake Measurements?

By: Motor Easy
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Confusing millimetre measurements and percentage worn could be putting you at risk of driving with worn brakes or replacing them prematurely, according to a MotorEasy investigation.

Motorists could be driving around with dodgy brakes because mechanics are giving them confusing advice on replacing worn pads. Equally frustratingly, many will potentially be wasting money on brake pad replacement too early.


Brake Pad Remaining Life

Just one in five garages provide customers with a useful guide to how many miles they have left on brake pads* when their car is examined as part of a service or MOT procedure.

Instead, mechanics provide information on brake pad wear in millimetres remaining or a percentage worn to describe how worn brake pads are, but this leaves owners confused about when they need to book in for a replacement.

Franchised dealers are least likely to provide a mileage estimate (22%), with many manufacturer technicians favouring a traffic light system. Independent garages gave a mileage reading in 25% of cases according to the investigation of more than 100* workshops across the UK.

To help improve the safety of cars on Britain’s roads and stop drivers paying for repairs they don’t need, MotorEasy has launched a new, easy-to-use Brake Calculator** that give information to drivers when it’s time to change their brake pads and discs.

Use Our Brake Calculator



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