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Are your brakes working as they should be? 

On Behalf of | Sep 16, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Your car is a few years old now but you take good care of it. You have it regularly serviced and repaired when it needs to be. Recently, you’ve taken it into the garage to have the brakes fixed. 

Mechanics have a very important job because they are ultimately dealing with the safety of road users. They owe you a legal duty of care. 

Unfortunately, mechanics do not always live up to their obligations and repairs may be carried out negligently. Outlined below are a few signs that your brakes are not working as they should be. 

Fluid leaks 

Your brakes are powered by hydraulics technology which relies on fluids. You took the car home and parked up for the night. The next morning, you notice a small puddle of fluid underneath the vehicle. If it’s hydraulic fluid then this means your brake hoses may be damaged or have not been attached properly after the brakes are repaired. Without the fluid, the hydraulic system will fail and you could end up in a serious collision. 

Instability when braking 

When performing optimally, your brakes should not result in your car becoming unbalanced or losing traction. If you brake and the car pulls you toward one side, this is not normal. It could be a sign that the brakes on one side of the vehicle are not working as they should be. 

Smells and noises 

There is no valid reason for your car to make grinding metallic noises when you apply the brakes. There also shouldn’t be any burning odors. If you experience either of these issues, it’s likely that the metal components of your brakes are rubbing together and overheating, which means they aren’t working properly. 

If negligent repairs have resulted in you being hurt in an accident, then you may be able to hold the garage to account. Seeking legal guidance on the matter will give you a clearer indication of your options.