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Changing the pads and overhauling the brake system ensures more safety for the family while on vacation: Credit: Playback

Cobreq advises drivers to do a review to ensure a quiet family trip

July is coming and, with it, the school holidays and the long-awaited family trip arrive. And to help ensure the safety of the vehicle on this holiday, Cobreq, one of the brands of the TMD Friction group, the world’s largest brake pad manufacturer, advises drivers to do a review, especially on the brake system, a key element to ensure safety on the roads.

Preventive maintenance is a concern among all drivers who want to ensure the smooth operation of the vehicle and ensure the safety of their family. And, contrary to what many may think, preventive brake maintenance is not expensive and does not require much work.

“The brake system should be included in the overhaul and preventive maintenance, as even the natural wear of the components can cause serious accidents. Therefore, the ideal is to check that all parts are in good condition, “warns the technical supervisor of TMD Friction do Brasil, Raul Borges da Silva.

The components of the brake system must be checked according to the periodicity recommended by the manufacturer or when any part is worn or broken. It is important to remember that the constant use of the brakes results in natural wear and, therefore, it is of fundamental importance to check the condition of the parts.

The brake fluid level should also have attention at the time of the review. If it is below the level in the tank, a light will come on the dashboard, signaling that something is wrong.

Obviously, the most important thing is to keep your brake system up-to-date. There is no single, fixed mileage for all cars where brake parts need to be replaced. This varies greatly from car to car, varies according to the driving style of each person, where the car runs, among other factors.

Learn how to check each item that makes up the brake system before the holiday trip:

Brake Fluid: It is important to check the brake fluid level. If it is below the maximum level, it indicates natural wear of the brake pads or even leakage. Brake fluid is not complete, it is normal to work between the maximum and minimum level. If it is close to the minimum level, it is necessary to inspect the brake system. It is important to replace the fluid in the time recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

Brake Pads: The brake pads are responsible for the action needed to stop the rotating movement of the vehicle wheels. Without the pads, your vehicle simply does not brake. So before you travel, check if your pads are not worn or with some strange noise.

Brake discs: During braking, the brake disc supports high temperatures and extreme mechanical stresses. The use of brake discs with a thickness below the minimum specified by the vehicle manufacturer could cause serious problems, such as: overheating, warping, cracking or even breakage.


Cobreq is one of the brands of the TMD Friction group, the largest manufacturer of brake pads in the world. The company develops tarpaulins, shoes and brake pads covering light, heavy and motorcycle vehicles. Located in an area of 100,000 m², in Salto, in the interior of São Paulo, the plant represents one of the largest units of the TMD Friction group outside Europe. For more information, visit

About TMD Friction Group

TMD Friction, a group of Nisshinbo Holdings Inc., is the global leader in the manufacture of brake pads for the automotive industry. It also manufactures disc brake pads and drum brake linings for applications in a variety of vehicle types. Its product portfolio also includes sport brake pads as well as friction materials for this segment. TMD Friction serves the global spare parts market through the Textar, Nisshinbo, Mintex, Don, Pagid and Cobreq brands, as well as developing and producing friction linings for the industry under the brands Cosid and Dynotherm. TMD Friction Group has four manufacturing plants in Germany, as well as other units in Europe, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan and South Africa. The group has over 5,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit

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