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Brake Repairs & Service


Your vehicle’s braking system is one of the most critical safety features, and ensuring that it is in proper working order is essential for the safety of both you and your passengers.

Our team of experienced technicians specializes in diagnosing, repairing, and replacing all types of brake systems. Whether you need a simple brake pad replacement or a complete brake system overhaul, we have the expertise and equipment necessary to get the job done right.

We understand the importance of a reliable braking system, and we are committed to providing you with fast, efficient, and high-quality brake services to keep you safe on the road. So, sit back, relax, and let us take care of your vehicle’s brake needs!

State of the Art vehicle testing system

The Safe-T-Stop system is a state-of-the-art vehicle testing technology that provides an accurate and comprehensive assessment of your vehicle’s braking, suspension, and steering systems.

This system uses advanced sensors and software to test your vehicle’s performance under real-world driving conditions, allowing for a more accurate and thorough evaluation of your vehicle’s safety and handling.

Who Does the system work ?

During a Safe-T-Stop test, your vehicle is driven onto a special platform that simulates a variety of driving scenarios, such as sudden stops or swerves.

The sensors and software analyze the vehicle’s performance during these scenarios, providing detailed data on your vehicle’s braking distance, alignment, suspension, and other critical safety factors. The results of the test are presented in an easy-to-understand report, allowing you to see exactly where your vehicle stands in terms of safety and performance.

The Safe-T-Stop system is used by many automotive professionals and testing centers around the world to provide a comprehensive and accurate evaluation of vehicle safety. Whether you’re purchasing a new vehicle, or simply want to ensure that your current vehicle is in top condition, a Safe-T-Stop test can provide valuable insights into your vehicle’s performance and safety.


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Brakes are an essential safety feature in any vehicle, and understanding how they should work is important for ensuring that they are functioning properly. Brakes work by converting kinetic energy into heat energy through the friction created between the brake pads and the brake rotors. When you press the brake pedal, it engages the brake calipers, which squeeze the brake pads against the rotor, creating the friction necessary to slow down or stop the vehicle. The braking force is transmitted from the brake pedal to the brake calipers through a hydraulic system, which amplifies the force of your foot on the pedal.

Ideally, brakes should work smoothly and predictably, without any grabbing, vibration, or noise. When you press the brake pedal, you should feel a consistent and firm resistance. The vehicle should slow down or stop evenly and smoothly, without any pulling to one side or the other. It is also important to pay attention to any warning signs of brake problems, such as squealing or grinding noises, a soft or spongy brake pedal, or a brake warning light on the dashboard. If you experience any issues with your brakes, it is important to have them inspected by a qualified mechanic as soon as possible to ensure your safety on the road.

Brake pads are a vital component of a vehicle’s braking system. They are flat, rectangular plates that are held inside the brake caliper and pressed against the brake rotor when the brake pedal is engaged. The friction between the brake pads and the rotor creates the necessary stopping force to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Brake pads are typically made of a composite material that includes a mixture of metallic fibers, resin, and other materials. The specific composition can vary depending on the manufacturer and the intended use of the brake pads.

As the brake pads are pressed against the brake rotor, they experience a significant amount of heat and wear. Over time, the brake pads will wear down and need to be replaced. Most modern brake pads are designed with a wear indicator that makes a high-pitched squealing noise when the pads become too thin. This serves as a warning to the driver that the brake pads need to be replaced.

It is essential to use high-quality brake pads that are designed for your specific vehicle to ensure proper performance and safety. Cheap or improperly matched brake pads can lead to uneven wear, reduced braking performance, and even damage to other components of the braking system. If you suspect that your brake pads need to be replaced, it is recommended to have them inspected and replaced by a qualified mechanic.

The lifespan of brake pads and rotors can vary depending on several factors, including the make and model of the vehicle, driving habits, and road conditions. As a general rule, brake pads can last anywhere from 25,000 to 70,000 miles, while brake rotors can last up to 70,000 miles or more.

Factors that can affect the lifespan of brake pads and rotors include how often the vehicle is driven, the type of driving, and the quality of the brake components. Aggressive driving, such as frequent hard braking, can cause brake pads and rotors to wear down more quickly. Additionally, driving in hilly or mountainous terrain can cause the brakes to work harder and wear down more quickly.

It is important to have your brakes inspected regularly by a qualified mechanic to ensure that they are functioning properly and to detect any signs of wear or damage. In some cases, it may be necessary to replace brake pads or rotors before they reach the end of their expected lifespan, such as if they are damaged or show signs of uneven wear.

If you notice any signs of brake problems, such as a soft or spongy brake pedal, vibration or pulsation when braking, or grinding or squeaking noises, it is important to have your brakes inspected as soon as possible. Delaying brake repairs can lead to further damage and reduced braking performance, which can compromise your safety on the road.

A brake system flush is a maintenance procedure that involves removing the old brake fluid from the brake lines and replacing it with fresh fluid. Over time, brake fluid can absorb moisture, which can lead to corrosion and damage to the brake system components. Moisture can also lower the boiling point of the brake fluid, which can lead to a loss of braking performance under heavy use.

During a brake system flush, the old brake fluid is drained from the system, and the brake lines are filled with fresh, clean fluid. This helps to remove any contaminants and moisture that may have accumulated in the brake fluid over time. The brake system is then bled to remove any air pockets that may have formed during the fluid replacement process.

The frequency of a brake system flush can vary depending on the vehicle and driving conditions. In general, it is recommended to have the brake fluid replaced every 2 to 3 years or every 30,000 to 45,000 miles. However, it is important to consult the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific vehicle.

Having a brake system flush performed regularly can help to ensure the proper functioning of the brake system and extend the life of the brake components. It can also help to prevent brake fluid contamination and moisture buildup, which can compromise your safety on the road. If you notice any signs of brake problems, such as a soft or spongy brake pedal, it is important to have your brakes inspected as soon as possible, and a brake system flush may be recommended as part of the repair process.

Yes, you should be concerned if you hear a grinding noise when you step on the brakes. A grinding noise typically indicates that the brake pads are worn down to the metal and are no longer providing sufficient stopping power. This can lead to a dangerous situation where the vehicle may not be able to stop effectively.

When the brake pads wear down to the metal, the metal backing of the brake pad will come into contact with the metal surface of the brake rotor, which can cause a loud grinding noise. This can also cause damage to the brake rotor, which may require resurfacing or replacement.

If you hear a grinding noise when you step on the brakes, it is important to have your brakes inspected as soon as possible. Continuing to drive with worn brake pads can cause further damage to the braking system and increase the risk of a brake failure. Additionally, the longer you wait to have the brakes repaired, the more expensive the repair may become.

During a brake inspection, a qualified mechanic will check the condition of the brake pads and rotors, as well as other brake components such as the brake calipers and brake lines. If the brake pads are worn down, they will need to be replaced, and the brake rotors may need to be resurfaced or replaced as well. It is important to use high-quality brake components that are designed for your specific vehicle to ensure proper performance and safety.

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  • Had 100k Service on my vehicle, no surprises and job was completed on time as promised, thanks Andrew and your team

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    September 29, 2022

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    March 1, 2023

    What a great team. Had my Audi service done along with brakes and an issue which kept bringing the engine light on fixed too. The team contacted me about the... read more

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    April 29, 2022

    Great service, friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff, our vehicle is running beautifully after service.

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    April 29, 2022
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    March 1, 2023

    Excellent service and extremely reliable.

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    August 18, 2021

    The guys were awesome in here Andrew Scott and Dave were professional fast and good at what they do. Will definately use their service again

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    April 29, 2022

    I just want to thank all at 1st Choice! They went out of their way to help me out. To Nel and Scott thank you so very much.

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    July 18, 2023
  • The best mechanical workshop in Wollongong. Great prices and outstanding service. I have found the whole team friendly and happy to talk through your service.

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    April 29, 2022

    Quality service, friendly staff and affordable prices. I will not take my car anywhere else. I never feel like they are trying to overcharge me for parts or services that... read more

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    April 29, 2022

    Have been there twice now, the boys definitely know their stuff and are super generous with prices. Definitely a reliable service, will def be back.

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    August 29, 2022

    So happy I found this place. They were all so friendly, knowledgeable and honest. Definitely recommend

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