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The braking system in your car is one of the most important safety components, allowing you to slow down, stop, avoid potential accidents and keep your car stationary when parked. There’s a lot more to the braking system than just brake pads; it’s vital that you get the entire system checked regularly to ensure your family travels safely.

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Having a fully operational braking system on your vehicle is essential for the safety of other road users and yourself. Here at MB Tyre & Auto Centre we provide brake checks and inspections to make sure your brakes are road-worthy.


Brake repairs

Our experienced technicians conduct a comprehensive inspection of your car’s braking system components and can advise you on any necessary repairs or service items. This ensures the best possible car performance and safety. We use only the most trusted brands

We recommend regular checks to ensure the future safety and reliability of your vehicle. Any checks we do will identify any faults with your braking system with a full written report as to their condition.

How does brakes work?

Brakes are part of your car’s hydraulic system, allowing you to slow down or stop the car using pressure and friction. As you step on the brake pedal, fluid in the brake system builds up pressure against the brake pads and/or shoes. These pads and shoes then grab onto the metal rotors and drums in the wheel assemblies, effectively slowing or stopping the car. The emergency brake system usually applies the brakes to the rear wheels mechanically or electronically when you activate the hand brake or foot brake.

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Your car’s exhaust system has several functions: to reduce engine noise, reduce pollution, improve performance, and drive fuel economy and direct poisonous gases away from the car and the people inside. It’s important to ensure you keep your exhaust system in great condition as replacing it can be costly.

Exhaust system repairs

At MB Tyre & Auto Centre we can identify problems and replace exhaust and catalytic converters, leading to reduced emissions and noise while driving.


What does an exhaust do?

If you've ever heard a car engine running without an exhaust, you’ll know what a huge difference the exhaust system can make to the noise level. Inside a car exhaust, you'll find a deceptively simple set of tubes with some holes in them. They are designed to reflect the sound waves produced by the engine in such a way that they partially cancel themselves out.

But exhaust systems are about more than sound reduction; they also control and reduce the emissions from the car engine using a catalytic converter. A catalytic converter is one of the most important parts of a car's emissions control system. Its job is to convert harmful pollutants into less harmful emissions before they ever leave the car's exhaust system.

Exhaust system components

Key components of your exhaust system include the manifold, catalytic convertor, mufflers and pipes. All of these elements must be in good operational condition to ensure your vehicle runs and operates safely and effectively. Most exhaust systems today use bolt-on bolt-off components so repairs can now be performed safely and quickly by expert repairers like MB Tyre & Auto Centre.

The warning signs

Some of the signs that there are problems with your exhaust system include:
• Smoke pouring from exhaust.
• Exhaust rattles or drags on the road.
• Excessive exhaust noise.
• An unusual exhaust smell.

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Suspension & Shock Absorbers

Your car’s suspension system maximises the friction between the tyres and the road surface, to provide steering stability with good handling and to ensure the comfort of the passengers. If you don’t service it regularly, you’re in for a bumpy ride.

Suspension and shock absorber repairs

At MB Tyre & Auto Centre, we use only the best brands, and have the expertise and equipment to maintain your car's steering responsiveness and stability.


Suspension and shock absorber components

All suspension systems are different, but most include a chassis or frame, coil springs, leaf springs, dampeners including struts and shock absorbers, and anti-sway or torsion bars in various combinations.
Coil springs and leaf springs are designed to absorb up/down forces to keep tyres planted firmly on the road. Most modern cars have independent front/rear suspension. Dampeners, namely struts and shock absorbers, dissipate the energy absorbed by coil springs, so up/down motion is quickly reduced to zero. If the dampeners are in proper working order, the passengers should be unaffected by dips or bumps in the road. If shock absorbers are old or faulty, once the car starts bouncing, it continues to bounce for a long time.
Some cars also have torsion bars (anti-sway or anti-roll bars) that span the car’s frame and help level out side-to-side motions while cornering. Torsion bars are an important feature of the suspension system, particularly on high-profile vehicles (such as 4WDs) that are considered top-heavy.

How does the suspension work?

The suspension system is designed to give you a smooth ride while maintaining excellent driving control. When your car accelerates, bumps cause forward energy to be converted into vertical energy, which then travels through the frame of your car. Without coil and leaf springs to absorb this, the vertical energy would cause your car to jump up off the road, reducing tyre friction and control. Your car would then come crashing back down onto the road with even greater force, making for a very uncomfortable and dangerous ride.

The warning signs !

Some of the signs that there are problems with your suspension or shock absorbers could include:

• The car not sitting level when parked.
• A lot of bouncing when you drive.
• Poor handling.
• Excessive body roll on corners.

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Car batteries can fail at the most inconvenient of times

Battery failure is one of the leading causes of starting trouble, whether because of lights being left on, a charging system problem or other causes. Or in some cases the battery has met its life expectancy.

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What is a car battery?

Your vehicle battery's main role is to provide starting power for the engine. It also supplies power to accessories such as lights, fans, radio and electronic components when the engine is not running. Batteries produce their power through a chemical reaction which is released when a load such as a globe, starter motor or electric fan is connected to the battery. Electrical current is generated when two different metals are placed separately in a liquid capable of conducting electricity.

How does a battery work?

When you turn the key to start the vehicle a lot of things happen, the first thing that will happen is that the battery in your car will start to lose voltage.
The reason for this is that the battery is concentrating on turning the starter motor to make the vehicle start. Once the vehicle starts then the alternator charges the battery back-up. So the battery will constantly drain and recharge every single time you start and drive your vehicle.
The next thing that will happen is that the starter motors gears will try and engage with the flywheel or ring gear of the engine. To make an engine start it must be turned at speed; this will allow fuel and air to be drawn into the cylinders, compress it and make the vehicle start.
In simple terms the battery provides the power, the starter motor turns the ring gear on the flywheel which turns the engine, add a bit of fuel, air and spark and the engine should start.

So think about how many times you start your car every week, the above is happening on a regular basis.

Over time these components will eventually wear out, reasons that can speed up your battery wearing out are:

Charge Rates - If your battery is not charging properly it may reduce the battery life
Excessive Vibration - Excessive vibrations going through the battery may reduce the battery life this may be caused by a loose hold down clamp
High Loads – leaving lights on, having multiple sources drawing power from the battery will lessen the life
Electrical System Faults – Faults within the electrical system can cause the battery not to recharge fully
Loose or dirty Terminals – By not getting a clean connection a loose or dirty terminal could also cause battery issues
Stop/Start Motoring - by traveling a short distance this may not be enough time for your battery to charge up
Sulphation – A sulphated battery is one which has been left standing in a discharged condition or undercharged to the point lead sulphate has and can cause impeded and loss of capacity.

It all starts with the battery so it’s important that the car battery is inspected and tested on a regular basis this can be done at our store for no charge.

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