Brakes are an important vehicle component as defective brakes are one of the most common causes of serious accidents. It is crucial for drivers to test their brakes regularly, as well as before any long-distance travel to help ensure their brakes are in good condition. This, in turn, will allow them to pick up on any problems early on and get them fixed, thus avoiding more serious and costly problems and the potentially deadly risk of sudden brake failure.
Some warning signs drivers should look for that may indicate their brakes need to be replaced include:
- needing to press much harder than usual on the brake
- the vehicle taking longer than usual to stop when brakes are applied
- the brake pedal sinking right down when you put your foot on it
- the brake pedal becoming very stiff and hard to push down
- the handbrake not releasing or if there is less resistance than usual when operating it
Generally, testing of brakes should be done early in the journey, once a week and always before long journeys. Testing should always be done on a safe, empty, flat stretch of road. If drivers notice any problems or are in any doubt as to the state of brakes, they should consult a qualified mechanic immediately and not risk driving the vehicle if there is a possibility the brakes are damaged.
With the many public holidays this month, TC Euro Cars (TCEC) is running a service campaign on brake parts and labour for Renault customers while reminding all Malaysian to stay safe on the roads.
The campaign is applicable to all Renault models, excluding the electric vehicles and new Koleos models. Customers will get 20 percent% discount on selected brake parts (pads, shoes and discs) and a 10% reduction on labour charges on the related brake servicing job. Meanwhile, RENCARE customers will enjoy an additional 10% off labour costs for the relevant brake repairs and service.
This campaign will be on until October 31, 2017 at all 14 authorised Renault service centres nationwide.
“While Renault is constantly developing new safety systems that are aimed at avoiding accidents and protecting vehicle occupants, the importance of practising safe and responsible driving habits cannot be emphasised enough,” said Kuan Kim Luen, CEO, TC Euro Cars.
Mr. Kuan advises motorists to keep your roadside emergency assistance contacts numbers just in case of emergencies. For Renault owners, the RENCARE toll-free line is 1800-88-8663 and calls are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.