Close up look of a man performing brake service on a car

Let’s cut to the answer straight away: a typical brake service can usually be wrapped up in just about an hour. But when exactly should you consider brake repair? After clocking 120,000 kilometres or every six months, it’s recommended to get your vehicle’s brakes checked at a brake shop. This critical aspect of vehicle maintenance often slips under the radar for many car owners. Understanding the importance and timing of brake service is key to ensuring your safety on the road – let’s explore why. In this concise guide by Sharp Brake, we have compiled a list of factors that influence the duration of a brake service and what you can expect when you visit an auto repair shop.

We prioritise your safety and vehicle performance, ensuring that your brakes are always in top condition. Join us as we provide expert insights to help keep you safe on the road.

Brake Types: Factors Affecting Brake Service Time

The composition of a brake system varies depending on the type of vehicle, such as commercial, passenger, and industrial vehicles. Sharp Brake offers a diverse range of brake services designed to cater to your specific needs. Here are specific details about some of the typical brake services we provide.

Brake Inspections: Typically, our skilled technicians complete brake inspections in about 30 minutes. Please note that this time frame does not include any necessary repairs, which may extend the service duration.

Brake Fluid Change: If you’re coming in for a brake fluid change, our experienced mechanics can usually complete the task in about 15 to 30 minutes. However, a comprehensive brake fluid flush which involves draining and replacing all brake fluid may take slightly longer, often ranging from 30 minutes to an hour.

Brake Pad Replacement: Our team can typically replace brake pads within 30 minutes to 1 hour. This routine maintenance task involves removing your tires, replacing the worn brake pads with new ones, and reinstalling the tires. Depending on the condition of your braking system, we may recommend upgrading to ceramic brake pads for enhanced durability.

Brake Caliper Maintenance: While not considered routine maintenance, maintaining your brake callipers is essential for the longevity of your brakes. This process takes about 1 hour and includes tasks such as removing slide pins from the calliper, cleaning off any accumulated rust or debris, applying lubricant to the slide pins, and reinserting them back into the calliper. It’s an investment that can save you from costly repairs down the road. That’s the main reason we encourage you to service brakes soon.

Brake Calliper Replacement: If your callipers have been neglected and are causing issues, a complete brake calliper replacement may be necessary. Replacing a single calliper typically requires 2 to 3 hours of labour.

Brake Rotor Service: Brake rotors do not need to be replaced as frequently as brake pads, but when they become warped, it’s crucial to address the issue promptly. The time it takes for rotor replacement depends on our auto repair facility workload, but you can generally expect to wait at least an hour. Hence it is important to secure your spot at the forefront of the queue by booking now!

Brake Master Cylinder Replacement: The master cylinder is a vital component of your brake system, and if it fails, repairs will take longer than most other brake services. Depending on the vehicle and the extent of the replacements needed, master cylinder replacement can take anywhere from 2 hours to an all day job.

Service Shop Workload

The number of cars ahead of yours at our auto repair shop can also influence the time it takes to complete your brake service. If our technicians are busy with other vehicles, you may experience longer wait times. On the contrary, if our shop is relatively empty, your service may be completed more quickly.

Parts Availability

Another critical factor is the availability of necessary parts. Sharp Brake strives to keep a well stocked inventory. If the required brake components are readily available in our shop, your service is likely to be completed faster. However, if specific parts need to be ordered, this can extend the service time, and we will inform you accordingly.


The duration of a car brake service varies depending on factors such as the type of service required, our workload, and the availability of parts. At Sharp Brake, your safety is our top priority. Understanding these factors can help you plan your visit to our auto repair shop more effectively. Regardless of the service you need, regular brake maintenance is essential for safe driving and prolonging the life of your braking system. Don’t neglect your brakes; prioritise their care today to ensure your safety on the road.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a brake service appointment with us, please don’t hesitate to contact Sharp Brake. We’re here to provide you with outstanding service and keep your vehicle in optimal condition.