CCM Gatwick Reception Area
CCM Gatwick Reception Area

BRAKE DISC SKIMMING

If you have been told you need new brake discs, please take a few minutes to read this whole page as it may save you £s!

We’ve seen hundreds of brake discs in our time and we know them better than the back of our hands. If you are thinking of getting your brake discs replaced, please take a look at the information below first.

What is Brake Disc Skimming?

You may have heard of brake disc skimming before but we bet you’re wondering what it can do for you. Well, it could save you a lot of money, and get much more life out of your pads and discs. Sounds great right?

It’s a quick and simple process that we have done 100 times before. We’ll try to cover all the questions you may have on brake disc skimming below but, if there is anything else you need to know, just give us a call and someone in our team will be able to assist you.

 

Why Would I Need Brake Disc Skimming?

We all know that brakes are a wear and tear item so they will need reviewing regularly.  This doesn’t always mean you need brand new pads!

We’ve had people come in complaining of juddering brakes, or pulsation in the pedal when braking which is usually down to misalignment of the discs and/or hubs which is known as run-out. Instead of breaking the bank by buying brand new discs, we can skim the discs back into perfect form.

Let us make this clear though: brake disc skimming is only really an option for luxury, high-performance cars like Jaguar, Mercedes, Porsche etc. It is not worth our technicians, or your time skimming discs on your average Fiesta or Fiat 500.

When Should You Get Your Brake Discs Skimmed?

There are a few common issues that can be easily fixed by brake disc skimming.

  • The brake pads have been replaced for new, but brand new discs aren’t yet necessary. As you haven’t added new discs there is no bedding in process and your brakes are ready to go
  • You can feel vibration through the brake pedal caused by DTV (disc thickness variation) which happens because of uneven wear on the disc.
  • Corrosion or a build-up of rust and dirt on the discs can reduce stopping time and cause imbalance. This is expected on electric vehicles that use regenerative braking as the pads aren’t being used as much
  • If you have noisy brakes which are making a squealing noise, it could be down to lipped discs. A quick skim will get this fixed for you.

BRAKE DISC SKIMMING COMPARISON COSTS AT A GLANCE

Vehicle New Discs & Fitting Cost of Brake Skimming
Audi Q7 £269.70 + VAT £95 + VAT
Jaguar F-Type £298.30 + VAT £95 + VAT
Mercedes C43 £380.84 + VAT £95 + VAT
Porsche 718 Boxster £381.11 + VAT £95 + VAT
Volkswagen Golf R £271.98 + VAT £95 + VAT

Is Brake Disc Skimming Safe?

Yes, 100% safe or we wouldn’t offer it! All brake skimming does is take off a tiny layer (0.3 – 0.5mm) of the disc to recreate a smooth surface.

We only offer brake disc skimming when there is enough thickness left of the disc. If your discs are already too thin then we won’t suggest skimming as an option and will instead advise you to opt for new discs. All disc skimming is done on the car, to make sure that the disc is perfectly matched to the hub that it is fitted on.

 

How Does Brake Disc Skimming Work?

Our brake skimming machine attaches straight onto your car so we aren’t wasting time removing and refitting your brake system. We only need to take off your wheel and brake pads and we’re ready to go. This also allows us to eradicate the worry of the slight misalignment of the discs and or the hubs which is known as run-out.

Once attached, the lathe removes a tiny slither of the disc to even it out and create a flat and even surface. Our brake skimmers can work to as small as 0.025mm so we can even out even the smallest of issues. This is a quick, easy and highly precise process that can be done within an hour or two. And that’s that! Usually, with new brake discs, you are warned of a bedding-in period but not with skimming. You can drive off straight away without any worries and with your brakes feeling as good as new.

Give us a call to book in an appraisal, or complete an online enquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

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