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Brake Testers: What, How & Why!

​Hofmann Megaplan's ATL & MoT equipment division continues to provide high quality equipment and service across the UK. While a bay is often considered as 1 large investment it is many smart pieces that make it up. This week we are looking at break testers.

Our range of durable brake testers are well known within the industry for their reliability and incredible precision. We have installed thousands of this product across the globe to ensure safe testing of cars, motorbikes and light commercial vehicles.

What's often more important when installing a brake tester is advice for the groundwork. Having someone who has done this many times and can help guide you on the depth needed to dig out, distances required all around and best position can save you money, time and effort.

​Our latest install at Fusion Auto saw a fully comprehensive MoT equipment bay added, with the brake testers being easily accessible and with no visual obstructions. This install utilised every inch of space within the workshop where many may think an MoT Bay wouldn't fit.

What is a Roller Brake Tester?

A key component of MoT testing, due to the potential damage that can be caused by having faulty brakes, the brake tester is a must have. Whilst the vehicle is in a static position, the brake tester allows for dynamic assessment of the brakes and provides a detailed analysis of the condition.

How do Brake Testers work?

If you're new to MoT's you might have seen a break tester in action but not know exactly what it is doing.

The roller brake tester is designed to simulate a generic smooth road surface to ensure maximum tyre protection during the testing process.The vehicle is driven onto the brake tester with its wheels centrally located between the two large rollers. The rollers are then switched on once the vehicle's details have been entered and rotated at a consistent speed related to the vehicle type.

The vehicle's brakes are then applied by the operator. A transducer measures the braking force as the vehicle decelerates, creating an in-depth analysis for each wheel. During the process, fluctuation is also measured to determine balance of braking force between near and off side wheels. An output is displayed showing any difference.

Our brake testers are easy and efficient to use in most part due to the consideration we place on smart installs. The user is able to operate the machine whilst sitting inside the vehicle by a user-friendly control system.

Why are they so important?

As explained above, the brake tester is a vital piece of equipment for MoT testing. It could literally be the difference between life and death for anyone operating or sitting in the vehicle.

If faulty brakes are not flagged up because you've chosen to install an unreliable brake tester there could be devastating consequences.

Don't risk it. Visit Hofmann Megaplan ATL MOT now!

​Luckily for you we are here to help! All our brake testers are DVSA approved. Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to book an appointment with our MoT Station specialists.

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