In the previous article we have already mentioned how important it is to inspect your brakes on a regular basis. The following tips will make you sure that your brakes never betray you on the road.
Tip # 1. Maintain a proper level of hydraulic fluid in the reservoir recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Forget about substituting or mixing fluids of different kinds. Don’t forget that the fluid absorbs water. Old hydraulic fluid should never be used. Use only a fresh one.
Tip # 2. Wash your brakes together with your car to keep them clean. This will make your brakes easier to examine as all the dirt and dust Is removed from the pads.
Tip # 3. Avoid spaying oil of other lubricating fluid on the brake friction surfaces. If this happens remove immediately with the help of brake cleaner.
Tip # 4. Never try to fox s brake problem in a hurry to get to the wheel as soon as possible. Remember that there are two modes of brakes operating – proper and improper (dangerous). Study your brake system – the way it works, feels and sounds in order to define when something gets wrong.
Tip # 5. Forget about having serviceable rotors. Replace your rotors together with the pads. Remember that the rotors CAN NOT BE REPAIRED they must be NEW.
Tip # 6. Keep a repair log and put down all the services delivered to your car and the date the car was serviced. If you need to know the durability of the service warranty this register will help you. Which is even more important is that is is a very good gauge of car performance.
Tip # 7. When you are replacing the pads do not forget to bleed hydraulic system to get rid of air bubbles. We recommend changing fluid every time you change the pads. If you are not capable of bleeding the hydraulic system don’t do this yourself. Apply for professional’s help. The vehicles equipped with ABS should be bled only by experts.
Tip # 8. Most brake noises are related to the pads. The most ideal variant is when you replace pads, sensors and rotors at the same time.
Tip # 9. Don’t forget of proper “setting” of the newly installed pads. This will prevent them from premature damage. The new pads package is usually provided with the instruction for Pads setting.