Brake mechanics diagnose faults, and then repair, replace, overhaul and test the parts of disc, drum or power brake systems used on all types of motor vehicles.
Personal requirements of a Brake Mechanic
- enjoy practical and manual activities
- mechanical aptitude
- problem-solving skills
- able to work accurately.
Duties & Tasks of a Brake Mechanic
Brake mechanics may perform the following tasks:
- determine faults in brake systems by talking to the vehicle operator and driving the vehicle, noting its performance, or by reading data from the vehicle's computer control system
- diagnose and correct anti-lock braking faults
- examine brake units (including steel and flex hoses and handbrake cables) for wear, damage or possible failure, and repair or replace as required
- measure brake drums and disc rotors to determine if wear or finished size is excessive
- test brake units to ensure outputs reach the specified level (this includes electronics now widely used on late model vehicles and trailer or caravan brakes)
- repair or replace leaky brake cylinders
- attach new linings to brake shoes by bonding or riveting (this is a separate semi-skilled operation in some repair shops)
- machine discs and drum brakes where indicated
- fit wheels onto hubs and tighten wheel fixings to specified torque
- ensure brake systems are filled with correct brake fluid and are functioning correctly
- bleed the hydraulic brake system.