Do you want to drive safely? Everybody wants to be safe when driving. But what does it take to maintain the safety of your vehicle? For most folks, the engine makes all the attention (which is fine) while the braking system is mostly assumed.
Perhaps, the integral part of your vehicle’s safety system is the brakes. Therefore, they should not be taken for granted but rather be maintained regularly. Typically, when the brakes need some attention, they’ll give warning signs which at times you can miss or sometimes they’ll fail to provide you with these signs. Here are the maintenance tips to keep your braking system at its best.
The Brake Fluid
The brake fluid is one of those things that should be maintained and kept at the optimum all the time. Therefore, the reservoir should be checked if there are any leaks or cracks. Also, always check the fluid level at least once a month and make sure you consult the manual for correct directions on the exact type when you are required to add the fluid.
Additionally, check the color of the fluid and if cream it means moisture and water have already got in and it will have to be changed (flushing the brakes). These will enhance your brakes performance as well as the overall brake maintenance.
Contaminated brake fluid not only does it destroy the master cylinder but also deteriorates the wheel cylinders.
Master Cylinder Maintenance
The master cylinder is where the power flow starts. That said, if it is faulty, enough power can’t be exerted to push the fluid entirely into the brakes. Therefore, always you should inspect your master cylinder for any damages like the leaks. There isn’t anything really that can be done in maintaining the master cylinder rather than checking for the holes and replacing them if found. A professional will, therefore, be an excellent recommendation to perform the work for you.
Whenever you push that brake pedal, the brake pads always press on this metal disk (rotor). Still, make sure that the rotor is not in any way broken and should instead be perfectly round. You note that the rotors should be replaced in pairs-either all the rear rotors or both the front rotors. The purpose is to ensure that they wear evenly as well provide an even gripping and hence avoid odd pulling to a single side while you brake.
The brake pads make your vehicle stop upon pressing on the rotors. Therefore, they should not wear as it will cause several issues from noise to total failure. Make sure you check the brake pads often to stay safe.
Brake Line Maintenance
Brake lines are of both steel and rubber with the steel lines carrying the fluid to most areas of your vehicle. The brake lines should be maintained free of leaks all the time. Also, changing the brake fluid helps the brake lines to last longer. Any wetness inside of the wheels especially when not raining is an indication of a brake line leak that should be replaced.
Your life, as well as those of the other passengers, depends on the safety system of your car where the braking system is integral.
Don’t take chances!