A great way to keep your car in good condition for longer is to do regular safety checks. We always try to do this as we don’t want to have any problems while we are on a road trip or any car journey. One of the worst things that could happen is for you to get a fault with your car’s brake system while you and your family are in it. You definitely want to avoid an accident, so keeping an eye on your car brake system is very important.
How does it work?
Before we come to our topic of taking care of brakes in our cars, it will be worthwhile to acquire a rudimentary knowledge of the brake system in cars in general terms.
Generally, there are two types of brakes: drum and disk. Both exert pressure on the wheels to generate friction which causes the car to stop.
Regardless of the type of brakes, your car has two components of the brake system namely the brake discs and brake pads are the most important. If the brake disc and brake pads are worn out, the car may give squeaking sound or may start to vibrate. In some cars warning sign lights up on dashboard if the brake discs are worn out beyond acceptable limits. The limits of minimum thickness after wear are given in car manuals.
Brake Maintenance Tips
It is generally advisable to check the brake discs and brake pads after every 15000/20000 kms. In order to check the brake discs and brake pads you have to remove the wheels. As soon as it is done the brake discs and brake pads can be visually inspected. In some cars the wheel drum might need to be moved to have a good look at the brake components such as the brake cylinders and calipers.
If the brake discs are worn, they must be replaced immediately. If the brake discs are replaced then brake pads must also be replaced. For brake repair in Newbury, visit Headley Tyres. They offer both brake repair and replacement services.
In cases where brake pads require replacement, it may not be necessary to replace brake discs. After replacing brake discs and brake pads it may be necessary to drive the car for the first three days and apply the brakes gently so as to allow smooth adjustment of brake pads with brake discs. When the brakes are being inspected, it may be a good idea to have a look at the braking band for any scratches and the level of brake oil.
Some Warning Signs One Shouldn’t Avoid
Some of the indicators of the worsening condition of the brakes are vibration, unusual sounds from wheels, warning panel light, vibration during braking, indication of overheating and cracks or lines on the braking band. The drums, calipers, master cylinder, etc are not to be tampered with during routine inspection and maintenance of the brake system as they are normally repaired or replaced during major overhaul or after an accident.
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