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Monday 1 September 2014

Expert tips to save you money: Sort your brakes

Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30

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Beware of brake problems

One are you simply cannot take any chances with is the brakes.

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They are probably the most important components in any car, so if you feel anything unusual when applying the brake, it's best to act on it.

If you notice a spongy, soft feeling to the pedal, it may be that you have air in the system. This happens sometimes when components are replaced. You nee Expert tips to save you money: Sort your brakesd to get straight back to your dealer and get the system bled.

Drivers also sometimes get a pulsating sensation when applying the brakes. This can be down to warped rotors. This may be due to lug nuts not being tightened to the correct torque – something to bear in mind when changing a wheel.

Rotors can also become warped if cold water comes in contact with them immediately after the brakes have been used excessively. Again, the advice is to get them seen to straightaway. Brakes aren't something to mess about with.

*ADVICE COURTESY OF FORD MASTER TECHNICIAN BRIAN KELLY OF RATHFARNHAM FORD, WHITECHURCH ROAD, DUBLIN.

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